Ketex is a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) started early 2008, based in the dusty township of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg by a young Pastor and Philanthropist, Xolani Hlitana. Ketex started out helping two young people and it grew from there to a fully fleshed and registered organization with about 80 teens and adults, 16yrs and above whom are benefiting from the project and 15 HIV positive orphans who are housed in one of the premises Ketex secured in Alexandra.
Ketex was primarily formed to facilitate a bursary scheme for learners in townships (mainly in Alexandra) and due to a great need and opportunity; arts & culture and sports were introduced to these youngsters to keep them busy and off the streets. These two extra elements saw a lot of groups (both sports and culture) coming together, working towards one common goal. This organization has assisted more than 100 young people and touched lives of more than 1500 young people. This project works off high schools and working very close with the principals and Life Orientation-Head of Departments.
The Ketex bursary scheme project gives bursaries to 20 learners across all grades. These kids are also groomed and funded all the way to Grade 12. These bursaries are funded by individual people and friends but hugely maintained from the founder’s pockets. They supply these learners with school uniform, stationery and toiletries. They aim to raise a minimum of R2000 for each of the learners per annum.
This organization conducts workshops every last Saturday of the month. They hold workshops for more than 30 people, 20 of them being the bursary holders. These workshops are mainly to empower these young people and give them the necessary leadership skills. They focus on all the issues affecting young people including teenage pregnancy, HIV, job finding, CV writing and more. The Ketex Group is currently in partnership with Minerva High school and together they conduct Saturday classes in Mathematics, English and Accounting. This program also accommodates students from other schools. They also work with some community organizations and other professionals to provide counseling services to these young people on several issues, particularly on relationships, moral values and sexuality.
This organization not only equip them in debating and Arts and Culture by hosting talent shows, which encourage budding actors, dancers, poets and musicians to showcase their talents, but also empowers and develops them even in sporting activities which are netball, volley ball and soccer. Their soccer team has grown from being just an 11 man team but to over 16 teams all over Johannesburg, since hosting their first tournament in 2008. These young kids need all the love and support they can get as most of them are AIDS orphans and people like Pastor Xolani are to be applauded for their selflessness and altruism.
There are many ways to get involved, not necessarily with Ketex but any organization that supports a cause close to your heart. Make your mark, help someone less fortunate and you shall reap great rewards. Visit them, help them with their school work, play with them, and bring food or toys, anything to bring a smile on these lovely kids. For more information on how you can help visit www.ketexgroup.co.za