Themba Nkosi is that most valuable of learners in a school – a young man who loves to be of service and immerses himself in activities that make a difference to others.
He was involved with photography and online commentary at the rugby festivals before he even came to King Edward VII School and, since he got here is active in KESCO – the school’s community outreach programme – and he has recently been elected to the Johannesburg Student Council – what used to be called Mini-Council – a body that is made up of students from various schools that gets involved with service activities around the city.
KESCO uses the funds raised through various activities at the school to do work in the community, distributing blankets and food parcels to the needy, visiting old age homes and orphanages etc. “My own background has led me in this direction,” he said. “Many people have helped me when I really needed it in the past.
The Johannesburg Student Council meets once a month and Themba has been appointed to the department of health, which means they will be working in hospitals, clinics and among those who are in need of healthcare and assistance.
His interests at school lie in photography and writing and he is an active member of the school’s societies in both those activities, apart from his work as an online commentator for mycomlink.com at the annual water polo tournament and at the Easter Rugby Festival, which keeps him pretty busy.
There is a spirit of generosity present at the school, Themba has found. “The boys are willing to help each other out all the time, and that’s what is special to me,” he said. “Some call it the KES brotherhood, but I think it is more like a family,” Themba said. “In a family you are accepted for who you are and that is what I have found.”
For example, he makes no secret that he would like to be a poet, and even in a macho, sports-mad environment like KES, that is accepted. “I have never been teased about it. In fact most of the likes that I get for poems that I have posted on my Facebook page have been from boys at the school.”