Lebogang Ramafoko

Lebogang Ramafoko

South Africa
Trip: 
South Africa 2015
Mentored by: 

Mentored by: Dr. Sipho S. Moyo

South Africa
Trip: 
South Africa 2015

Lebogang Ramafoko is CEO of the Soul City Institute for health and development communication. In this role, she leads strategic direction and accountability for the programmatic, operational and financial aspects of the organization.

Lebo joined the Soul City Institute in 1995 as a young graduate and social activist committed to rebuilding after Apartheid. With a degree in education and a passion for youth, she developed life skills learning materials for building self-esteem and resilience, and preventing diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Lebo was integral to Soul City’s myriad social and behavior change programming, and pioneered a first-of-its-kind community development reality show, drawing partners from government, civil society and business on fostering transformational change in five communities in South Africa.

A household name among youth for her role as “Agony Aunt” on a daily youth magazine show, Lebo dispensed advice on a range of topics from sexuality to careers, and continued this work from a global platform through the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Lebo is an outspoken gender activist and in her work at Soul City has raised awareness of issues facing women and young girls. Through a Global Fund grant the Soul City Institute received for HIV prevention in young women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24, Lebo will be returning to the television screen as a co-host of an intergenerational talk show supporting the Rise Young Women’s Clubs. The show will focus on some of the structural drivers of HIV, including inequality and gender based violence.