Siyabulela Jentile is the founder and President of Not In My Name SA, this is after being bitten by the activism bug which saw him make the drastic decision to leave the cushy job in engineering and refusing to stand by the sidelines and watch the country's moral degeneration as a mere spectator.
Together with his colleagues, they self-funded the NGO; Not In My Name SA since its inception; not for the promise of profits, but for the human-level gratification of making a difference. The NGO is responsible for the #NotInMyName campaign.
He is the Director of Siyabulela Jentile Social Development Innovations Pty Ltd, a social development multi-services provider, as well as being mainstream media socio-analyst and a member of the National intersectoral committee on domestic violence and femicide.
Some of Jentile's accolades in his activism work include:
- Being nominated and being a finalist for the 2017 Men of The Year Awards.
- Being selected as one of the 2018 Presidential Awards winners in the Leadership category.
- Being selected as one of the 2019 News24 100 Young Mandelas of the future.
Jentile's activism spirit has seen him gaining international recognition, as in 2018, he was selected to be part of the 200 delegates, from over 10 000 applicants, to join the inaugural Obama Foundation Africa Leadership Program.
Having interacted with former US president Barack Obama himself, Jentile was inspired by and shares the Obama Foundation's vision to bring about social change in different African countries.
Jentile is also a self published author of a book called Summoned. He is a former feature writer for the United Nations Association – UK magazine, a London based publication. He is also an advisory panel member of the United Nations Association – UK’s global campaign; Together First.
The media has often been not been able to get enough of this force of a man who has managed to achieve so much in terms of bringing about social change, yet remained the humble man he has always been. He as a result has been featured on both local and international newspapers like the Times of Swaziland, Pretoria News, City Press, Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He featured on the 2 page inspirational column of Move magazine's issue #605.
Jentile has also used the television medium as an advantage to spreading his message, and has been featured on talk shows and interviews including Expressions, Chatroom, Real Talk with Anele, Trending SA and Daily Thetha; Morning Live, eNCA and ZBC News (Zimbabwe).
Radio interviews and engagements that he has done include Radio 702, Power FM, Metro FM,Ukhozi FM and Ikwekwezi FM.
He is currently currently studying towards a BA (Communication Sciences) at the University of South Africa.
"If we all sit back because we are better off, who will be the voice for those who are voiceless; those who are bound in chains and afraid to speak up against social injustices that have marred our beautiful country? Someone had to start making a ripple and if we all get together to make these small ripples in the ocean of moral degeneration, a big wave of change is bound to come." - Siyabulela Jentile.
Praises for Jentile's work:
“Jentile embodies the necessary qualities to champion change in his community and set this in motion on a global scale. This is one shining example of the high calibre of individuals representing Africa,” - Lorenzo Davids, CEO: Community Chest in Cape Town.