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Lolo Maphophe is an accomplished Marketing & Communications specialist, a qualified Journalist, and a facilitator in skills development. She also heads Sokoti Projects, a social enterprise that’s designed to help bring solutions to some of community’s pressing issues. She’s built a solid career that spans over 20 years which gave her exposure to diverse sectors that include government, Private and Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) sectors.

In recent years, she’s served as IBM South Africa’s Country Internal Communications and Brand Manager, and later as Foundation Manager for Indigo Kulani Educational Foundation, where her passion for working with youth was ignited.

She currently consults for Afrika Tikkun Services, a social enterprise that aims to enable South Africa’s youth to be economically empowered – on the Global Skills (GSI) program. The GSI is a global social impact initiative by Microsoft that aims to upskill about 50 000 South Africans in digital skills at the back of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program addresses job losses due to COVID-19 and provides opportunities for individuals to prepare themselves for in-demand jobs for the new digital economy post the COVID-19 pandemic. Lolo facilitates youth’s access to the program at grassroots level.

She also writes for Mukurukuru Media as a freelance journalist and lends her corporate skills to the publication’s operations. Her passion is to work on stories that expose inequalities our country still grapples with and tell stories that highlight the plight of marginalised communities.