Two young South Africans were honoured by the Queen at the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards.
Siposetu Mbuli and Thamsanqa Hoza were given the prestigious awards by the Queen herself, at an event attended by Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and David Beckham.
According to The Queen’s Young Leaders website, Siposetu won her award for “the work she is doing to develop new ways to end the stigma that surrounds albinism in South Africa”.
Siposetu co-founded Love, This Skin, an organisation that assists, supports and educates young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with albinism, and their families.
“Words fail me! This moment will be with me forever,” Siposetu raved on her Instagram page. “Never in my wildest dreams! I will take time to thank everyone who made this moment possible.”
Siposetu wore a beautiful gown designed by Hendrik Vermeulen Couture, in a colour similar to the outfit worn by the Duchess Of Sussex.
The other South African award winner, Thamsanqa, co-founded HN Innovate, an organisation supporting young entrepreneurs.
Thamsanqa is also launching a Robotics Science and Technology Programme to help students learn to conceptualise, design and build robot models.
“I am excited to become part of an ecosystem of other young people who are committed to bringing a change to their communities and the world at large,” Thamsanqa said on the Queen’s website.