Sharing some sad news – remembering Nnete Malebo

Remembering Nnete MaleboLast week brought news of the tragic passing of one our enke family, Nnete Malebo. On Thursday 23 October,Nnete was found in her residence room at the University of Cape Town and an autopsy determined that she died of natural causes. She was just one month away from graduating and was preparing to embark on a Master’s programme. She was 21 years old.
Nnete is survived by her parents and two older brothers. She was laid to rest on Saturday 1 November in her hometown of Bloemfontein and our deepest condolences and sympathy go to her family.

Since we heard about the death of this incredible young woman, we have been dumbstruck with disbelief and grief.

She was an Igniter in our very first Forum in Cape Town in 2012. Nnete touched our lives with her dedication, her spunk,  her smile, her laughter, and her ability to listen and make you feel better. She had an indelible impact on the Trailblazers she worked with during that first Forum in Cape Town and the support and encouragement she gave to them afterwards. We are so thankful that this young woman chose to be part of our lives and our enke family.

Nnete made her mark in many lives and organizations. She was an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholar and Fellow. She was active in the UCT community as a subwarden in Clarinus Residence, Vice-President in UCT’s Investment Society and was involved in other campus organizations and activities.

To us, Nnete will always be a role model. In her short life, she showed us the power of commitment, dedication and passion.

We would like to thank the enke family members who took time to get in touch and share the news with us, and who represented the people Nnete had touched by attending her memorial service and funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, whose care and support enabled her to become the young woman and inspiration she has been to us.

For those who knew Nnete, we would like to ask you to join us in celebrating her life by sharing your memories of her, or the impact that she had on you on our Facebook wall – enke: Make Your Mark.

“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
– David Harkins”

Big news from enke CEO, Pip Wheaton

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Dear enke family,

It is with many mixed emotions that I write this letter. I want to let you know that I have put in my resignation as CEO of enke: Make Your Mark.  My last day will be July 31st 2015. I wanted to let you know why I’ve made this decision and what an incredible opportunity it represents for you and for enke.

enke’s come a long way since those first days.  We started in a garage in Durban  – no internet, the occasional snake coming to visit the “office”, just volunteers with a big dream – and, in those first years, had more than one instance of wondering if we were crazy for even trying to make this happen.  But we did it.  And now we’re on track to have our biggest year this year: there are more young people entering the programs than ever before; expanding to Bloemfontein; a bigger, stronger team; more, impactful, youth-led projects are launching and we’re receiving real recognition for the work that we are doing.  We also have big plans for the next phase of our growth.

This is EXACTLY why it’s time for me to leave.  I started enke five and a half years ago (with my two amazing co-founders, Tom and Kat) and I always hoped that there would come a day when enke would be able to survive on its own. In January this year I mapped out our next 3 years and realised that there is a window next year when the organisation has both consolidated its model and is on the cusp of further expansion, which allows for a full handover.  I watched the team and the organisation for 6 months and I realised that they were stronger than they’ve ever been – and that actually, I’m not needed anymore, not in this capacity anyway.  It was an incredibly humbling, difficult, exciting thing to realise.  It’s simultaneously a blow to my pride (perhaps we all secretly want to believe that we’re indispensable), a source of massive joy (the team is so strong they can do this on their own!) and an unleashing of possibility (both for me to go and explore what’s next and for the organisation to have someone with fresh perspective enter this leadership role).

In short, I’m leaving because enke is stronger than it’s ever been and I am so grateful and excited for that.

So, what’s next for enke? We’re going to be looking for a new CEO to lead the organisation. The position description will be posted in September / October and we’ll be asking you to spread the word! We’ll search for as long as it takes to find the right person.  From there, I’ll hand over all of the information, relationships and responsibility to a new person and phase myself out over the remaining period.

The new CEO might be someone you’ve met before (an existing team member, a former volunteer or board member, one of our speakers or panelists), or it might be someone totally new – that decision will be up to our board of directors (with a whole lot of input from the team).  I’ll introduce you to them as soon as I can and if you know of anyone who you would love to suggest, please forward them the application when the time comes.

As I’ve gone through this process, I’ve had a quote from Ruth Reichl that I keep coming back to: “It’s the things that scare you the most that you have to do”.  I’ve been really scared to leave enke – not because I thought the organisation wouldn’t survive without me, but because I didn’t want to let go. And now, over the past 6 months, it’s with true excitement that I have made this decision.

What’s next for me?  Honestly, I have no idea.  Depending on who I’ve been talking to I’ve said maybe I’ll do my MBA somewhere fun, maybe I’ll become a yoga teacher, maybe I’ll move to Melbourne / Madrid / Montreal / Montague.  Or maybe I’ll just stay in Jozi, the city I’ve come to love so much.  Maybe I’ll do all of the above.  I really don’t know and that’s just the point: the closing of this chapter so that a new one can start. What I do know is that enke will always be a part of me and that I hope to be involved in other capacities (in whatever form is needed). For now, the next 12 months is dedicated to finding, installing and supporting the next CEO.

Thank you for your ongoing support to myself, the team, the alumni and enke as an organisation.I’m looking forward to seeing what the next chapter looks like – for enke, for me, for each of you.

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, I am here for another whole year after all!

– Pip


We Did It! | 2014 enke: Crowdfunding Campaigin

we did it

During the early ours of the morning of Saturday 10 May 2014, enke: Make Your Mark  reached its goal amount of $20,000, with just under 60 minutes to spare. Our first ever crowdfunding campaign officially closed sitting on an impressive $20, 321 raised– 102% of our goal amount!

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When we first started all prep work for this crowdfunding  journey, some 2 months prior to the campaign ending, we knew we’d be wading through uncharted waters and would experience some exhilarating moments. We read up countless articles regarding what constituted best practice, consulted individuals who had run a campaign before, as well as studied many successful campaigns to glean any insights as to what made them succeed.

What we know, without a doubt is that the success of the enke crowdfunding campaign would not have been possible without the support of each and every one of our supporters. Their belief in our work – inspiring and supporting young South Africans to take action on the most urgent social issues – was apparent at the number of contributions made and promotion of the campaign performed by our cheerleaders, ambassadors and members of the enke family.

We thank every single person who took this journey with us and ensured we crossed the finish line with style!

Check out our enke: Hall of Fame to see a complete list of the rockstars who contributed to our campaign:

Much love,

– the enke team

“Leading & Learning” | First Rand Foundation Research on enke: Make Your Mark


enke; Make Your Mark was funded as part of the FirstRand Foundation’s Leadership Programme in 2013 as part of the youth leadership stream. The grant was for a research project to explore the effectiveness of enke’s model of youth leadership development: of using youth action to develop critical skills for young people’s success.

FirstRand Foundation Research Report: Leading and Learning – enke Make Your Mark Report

2013 enke: Make Your Mark

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