Sipho Nkosi is a hustler born and groomed in Soweto Zola and later moved to Protea Glen. His childhood dream was to be an actor, fashion designer, start his own fashion space or boutique. Sipho uprooted to inspire his fellow community and believe in setting goals high by uplifting others.
An inspired man who shoots to grab success where there is an opportunity, he holds National Diploma in Public Relations from Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and currently registered for BTech Business Administration. His life journey started when he was doing Graphic design, music, and sound under Youth Development Trust (YDT), at Intel Johannesburg computer clubhouse in 2005 untill 2007 and mentored children from the age of 9-18 giving out computer skills.
In 2006-2008, he worked for Museum Africa, where he coordinated Music, drama, poetry, and dance sessions, with groups like Soweto’s Finest, the soil, and Samthing Soweto also coordinated events like Moshito Conference, I write what I like Steve Biko Conference and the Nelson Mandela day event.
During his time with the Soil (former VUT alumni’s) in 2006-2012, he managed to promote the group to achieve a Standard Bank Ovation Award in 2010 and Standard Bank Gold award in 2011 at National Arts Festival. The group also performed at the 2010 Mangaung Culture Festival (Macufe), Africa Day, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, and the 2009 Soweto Festival. Sipho and the Soil formed part of giving back to the VUT community when they coordinated their events such as the VUT Invasion Concert, and The Soil Campus Tour. Their music broadcasted on SABC, Soweto TV, and DSTV. In 2011 their sweat was not just in labor but fruit to enjoy which ripped success when the Soil got signed by Native Rhythms.
Sipho currently works for the Centre for Academic Development (CAD) at VUT, he started as an event coordinator for VUT first-year Orientation in 2013-2014 as well as a runner helper for CAD projects. 2015 received his first contract as a sound officer/technician and an assistant photographer in the Multimedia Department (Corporate Communication). He says that his key responsibilities were to set up sound, and projector for institutional events.
He was promoted to an Administrative Assistant for CAD in 2018 and he is responsible for coordinating student’s events, sponsorships for VUTela and First-Year Orientation as well as building CAD brand.
He is also known for being big on social events and entrepreneurship which led him to work with a lot of VUT students who are innovators, brand starters, and business owners. “My role is to motivate our fellow entrepreneurs by giving them platforms to promote their work in during events hosted by CAD Pop-up month, VUT Residence Social Gardens in partnership with VUT FM, and also support entrepreneur week organised by Mordecai Ndlovu with Mrs Onicah Machecke,” said Sipho.
Sipho’s generosities work has been enlarged to reach out to students by starting a project of assisting students who have started their own business to find space in Vanderbijlpark CBD to own or rent their stores. The project was first put into test in 2019 where Sipho assisted students to host their Pop-up events in the CBD, and today they own their space and run it daily.
In closing, Sipho said that he believes in student initiatives to boost their morale and work. He calls it starting your work while studying, to survive after graduating and not depend or wait to get a suitable job but takeover Vanderbijlpark with new work from VUT students.
Article by: Puleng Maphisa