01 November 2011
Johannesburg South 3
thinks I’m special Laurelle Williams
How do you know befriend a person overseas
you are special? “I know I am going to get excited when and have weekly video
Well, if Janet I see her and will forget what I planned chats and can e-mail when
Jackson handpicks to say so I will rather just speak from my ever they feel the need.
you as one of the “There are many young
20 young people
heart.” Ntombi people changing the world
she will be honour- and I want them to be
ing on her latest ‘Up Close and Personal Tour’ in recognised during my tour. I want them to be my guests
Johannesburg, you are certainly someone special at my show and they will come backstage as I learn from
and Ntombi (15) from Nkosi Haven Village is by all them how young people are changing the world,” Janet
means special and more. Jackson said.
About 20 under 20 Ntombi has been part of the Infinite Family programme for
Janet Jackson will be honouring the world’s youth two years with her ‘net buddy’ first staying in Holland and
leaders who are changing their communities for the now in New York. “She is like a big sister to me; I can tell
better. At each concert of the ‘Up Close and Personal her everything - what hurts me, what I am feeling,” Ntombi
Tour’, the 20 people chosen and the person who nomi- said
nated them will be VIP guests at the show. Ntombi has “Infinite Family is extremely proud of Ntombi and her
Lion King’s Ron Kunene and ShockRa’s Valerie Ga- accomplishments. Her generosity has made a real impact
mache to thank as they asked Infinite Family to submit on the younger buddies at The Village and she has set an
two nominations for the 20 Under 20 and Ntombi was amazing example for those around her. We are excited
given the nod of approval from Miss Jackson. that this honour shines a light on the work of the entire In-
Ntombi, a resident of Nkosi Haven, volunteered to finite Family. Ntombi is an ambassador for all the Net Bud-
help the Infinite Family programme when she saw there dies that have learned leadership skills and the importance
was a short- age of staff. She took on of sharing their many gifts and talents,” Katy Keck, Infinite
the responsibility of organising Family Board Chair said.
the children, opening the “I feel very special, excited and happy. It is definitely go-
computer lab and ing to be a special night that I will remember for the rest of
being accountable for the my life,” Ntombi said.
safety and security of the Young Ntombi still needs to go shopping for her outfit
children and the com- for the glamorous night but won’t be planning what she
puters. will say to Janet Jackson “I know I am going to get excited
Infinite Family when I see her and will forget what I planned to say so I
Janet Jackson will be honouring 20 is a programme will rather just speak from my heart.”
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Zoleka Petsi, Ntombi, and Amy Stokes