Sanele Gamede

Sanele Gamede

PhD Candidate

Sanele Gamede


Sanele Gamede is a Strategic Youth Life & Career Coach, a best-selling Author of two books, an Educational Motivational Speaker, an Employability Practitioner, Founder of Make a Mark Africa Youth Development (NPO), Radio Personality, a Lecturer at Varsity College and KZN Community Education and Training, Founder and CEO of Ilada Holdings, a Personal Development and Training Company.


Sanele Gamede is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and holds multiple qualifications, which includes a Master of Social Science Degree, Bachelor of Social Science Honors Degree, Bachelor Social Science Degree, a Diploma in Advance Leadership and Management, a Strategic Life Coaching Practitioner Certificate and Employability Practitioner Certificate. 


Sanele Gamede is passionate about youth, skills development, education and academic success. His passion for education, educational speaking and career coaching comes from his personal experience; lack of a Mentor/Coach, lack of career guidance and failing his first Matric and going back to Grade 10, 11 & 12 to do it twice. The love for personal development and young people comes from the lack of guidance that Sanele didn’t get growing up. Sanele is a self-driven and hard working person who believes It’s Possible Because It’s Doable.

August 2016:
Awarded the Kwa-Zulu Natal Young Achievers Award

November 2017:
Awarded the Most Innovative Mentor by the UKZN College of Humanities Mentorship Programme and Academic, Monitoring and Support. 

November 2017:
Awarded a certificate in recognition for “Best Service” as a Mentor by the UKZN College of Humanities Mentorship Programme and Academic, Monitoring and Support. 

29 August 2018:
SABC1 Now or Never did a documentary about his life and his journey of overcoming the challenges of doing Grade 10, 11 and 12 twice and never giving up.

January 2019 – Present: Started the #MatricUngazibulali #LifeafterMatric campaign on different radio stations and TV, supporting Grade 12 learners who didn’t do well and those that are going to institutions of higher learning. The campaign was supported by radio stations, TV stations such as, SABC1, Newzroom Afrika, Ukhozi FM, Gagasi FM, Highway FM, Imbokodo FM, Izwi Lomzansi FM, Zululand FM, Intokozo FM and Ikhwezi FM.

February 2019 – Present: Launch a Life Skills and Coaching programme called “Free Mentorship at the Park Programme” in KZN, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Free State, North West and Eastern Cape.

February 2020: Founded an NPO called Make a Mark Africa Development in order to help many young people with job searching skills, career coaching and guidance.

June 2020: Started a youth feature called “Youth Talks” which is currently aired in 7 radio station in South Africa.  

August 2020: Nominated for the South Africa Top 100 Ambassadors

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