In early January 2015 GOLD lost one of its most treasured Facilitator interns: Sandile Mkhize. Sandile was 23 when he passed away unexpectedly.
Although he was young he made great strides in uplighting his community especially young people and women. He joined the GOLD programme in 2009 and made a indelible mark in the lives of the young people with whom he interacted at Kwa Zulu Natal communities . One of the young people he mentored remembers him as someone who treated all the Peer Educators the same and made them laugh when they felt sad. She also says that he was someone she could relay on to give good advice.
Sandile was not only involved in mentoring young people, but he was also involved in working with health workers to create youth-friendly clinics. Women’s rights also sat close to his heart. He would be involved in initiatives that sought to create awareness about women abuse in his community.
Sandile was a young man who applied himself in everything he did. GOLD is deeply pained by his passing and hopes that his mother and everyone who knew him may be comforted by the thought that his works will never be forgotten.