Jabulane Hope Thabethe – Founder of The Barefoot Walk Initiative and Hope For Africa Foundation

Jabulane Hope Thabethe.

Jabulane founded two movements which are Barefoot Walk #40dayswithouthShoes initiative where he walked over 40 days without wearing his shoes between winter seasons to create awareness that there are kids who walk distances to school without wearing any shoes. From here, he managed to help 12775 kids with pairs of school shoes worth over 2.2 Million Rands within a space of five years across South Africa and other parts of Africa.

From 2016-2022, he walked from Johannesburg to Durban for the same cause of raising school shoes. Here is the link to his interview with SABC Morning Live:


Tipping Point

“Three days before my walk to Durban in 2016, my mother passed away. She taught me how to be strong, accept, and lead myself to my dreams. My mother would have wanted me to carry on making my dreams a reality”.

“I decided to create Hope for Africa foundation to give all children of Africa hope that despite their situation, they can achieve their dreams. In the aftermath of my mother’s death, In the aftermath of my mother’s death, I felt hopeless and alone, and I thought of how many other kids are experiencing this feeling without anyone to guide or even show them love. This is why Hope for Africa Foundation was established.”

Great strides

“It has been eight years since I started a business; I have worked with Lady Du, LebzaTheVillain, Harrison Crump (House Legend), disco 55 and many others. I also served as a marketing consultant for Vosloorus Crossing Centre.”

Jabulane is an innovative leader who understands the importance of helping those in need and creative institutions and products in a competitive business environment.

He believes that helping those in need and creative businesses must adapt because they too operate in escalating inflation and rapid technological advancement.

“The Challenges currently that I have are if any activators know of good suppliers of materials to make shoes should just alert me and if they also want to be part of the journey we do allow investors to come in and help us grow the vision.”

“The A! Imbizo was very great it was one of the greatest experiences in a lifetime where we discuss and celebrated the 10th anniversary of Activate Change Drivers, what stood out for me was that there are many young people who are capable and can lead us.”


Connect with Jabulane:
Cell: +27 67 0808 201/ +27 78 327 1130
Website: www.hopeforafricafoundation.co.za

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