In an era where youth participation is limited, Global Shapers Durban Hub is proud to announce that Durban’s youth will be well represented at this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 (WEFA17) taking place at the ICC, 3-5 May. In a stringent assessment, three Durban Hub local shapers, Amanda Mathe (28), Justice Matarutse(28) and Simthe Sibhayi (25) have been selected to attend the Forum, to engage about an inclusive economy that rests in the hands of the youth.

The Global Shapers Community is an initiative by the World Economic Forum, the Durban Hub was established in 2013 and forms part of an international network of 452 hubs all over the world. Hubs are developed and led by young people, primarily between the ages of 20 and 30 who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a difference in their communities.

The curator of the Durban Hub, Mandisa Ntombela said, “We are absolutely proud of the chosen shapers. Our vision is to change, build and inspire active citizenship therefore we have the utmost confidence in their ability to fully represent the concerns of the young people of Durban.”

The World Economic Forum may seem elusive for some to attend, but the Durban Global Shapers invite the Durban community to attend the Open Forum discussion event taking place at the Durban City Hall, Wednesday 3 May at 9am. This free-to-attend event will tackle two themes, Leadership, “Rising Up When Leadership Fails” and Entrepreneurship, “Unemployed and Unemployable.”

Justice Matarutse, Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Durban Chamber of Commerce, said “It’s a great honour to be part of the most important global gathering, to discuss the African economy. After this, we hope to come out with a clearer perspective of how we can be active in building a thriving city.”

 The Durban Global Shapers will engage WEFA17 delegates over the three day programme through a series of activities, these activities include:

–          Welcoming the other Global Shapers at the King Shaka Airport

–          Host a closed cruise trip around the Durban Harbour

–          Made In Africa – Fashion Exhibition & Pop-Up Market, 3-5 May at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Shapers have secured 5 stands, for the display of proudly South African arts, fashion & culture.

–          Accompany global shapers on the scheduled city tours

–          Lobby Global Shapers to attend business breakfast hosted by BrandSA.

–          Host the WEFA Global Shapers social gathering at the Chairman Lounge in Point Waterfront

The overall theme for the WEFA meeting is, ‘achieving inclusive growth’, the global shapers will put a spotlight on how the city can strengthen economic resilience and achieve inclusive growth for all.

For more information about the Durban Global Shapers, please contact Mandisa Ntombela, 082 614 8451, or visit You can also Like their Facebook Page – Durban Global Shapers Twitter: @DBNGlobalshapers Instagram: durbalglobalshapers

Image caption, L-R: Justice Matarutse – Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Durban Chamber of Commerce, Amanda Mathe – Managing Director Ndlovukazi Online Media & Simthe Sibhayi – UKZN Masters Candidate, Community & Development Studies