Growing up in extremely adverse circumstances, two young entrepreneurs and change leaders from Growing Champions NPO have risen from that hostile environment and are taking a stand against gangs with the production of their inspiring new clothing brands; AntiGang and OMW – Overule Manaba Way .
Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg has kindly given these two budding entrepreneurs, Roemello Shembe and Sonti Alpheus Lebopa, an opportunity to showcase and sell their brands from a stand in their centre for the month of August.
The clothing stand is on the Lower Level at Cresta Shopping Centre, near Capitec Bank, until 30 August 2021.
The public are encouraged to go through and meet these engaging young men as they sell their brands, ranging from T-Shirts, beanies, tracksuit sets, warm winter jumpers and more. All with their distinctive AntiGang and OMW Manaba branding that carries their strong positive community messages.
Roemello Shembe (21) is the creator of AntiGang and a Growing Champions change leader. AntiGang is the brand of the new nation for people with vision, people of action and people with class.
Says Roemello “We the AntiGang nation say NO to gender-based violence, crime and abuse. We are fearless and determined to change our future. Join us and wear AntiGang with pride and become the change as we work together to build a crime and violence free nation.”
Roemello’s dream is to be a professional Fashion Designer.
Sonti Alpheus Lebopa (20) is the creator of OMW – Overule Manaba Way and a Growing Champions change leader.
Says Sonti: “OMW Manaba is a brand built to set you free. It empowers you to conquer hate and overrule bullies. Lay the pathway to your dreams with the stories thrown at you and rise. The Manaba brand extends a hand to you and helps you step out of the shadows to take centre stage in your life.”
Sonti is a budding poet and wants to be a teacher.
Founder of Growing Champions NPO, Samantha Toweel-Moore had this to say about this opportunity given to these change makers; “We are super excited to see incredible people like the Cresta Centre Team getting behind the voices of our youth who are doing the hard work to uproot the sick and plant a new garden of delicious fruit we can all feed off and enjoy.“
When asked about this opportunity both Roemello and Sonti were animated in their responses. “It’s a dream come true, like I stated in one of my poems – impossible is possible – and it’s a great platform for us to grow on as young entrepreneurs” said Sonti.
Roemello added; “It’s an amazing opportunity that can help me make my dreams come true through hard work and give much hope to my community. I am doing it, so you can, too.”