Abigail Mbalo, 4 Rooms. “I’m the founder of a restaurant in Khayelitsha. What gets me going every single day is to know that my work has a positive impact on the economy of our township community. Every step I take, every work I do, changes someone’s life. I value the service to others. I believe the future of South Africa is bright and hopeful!"
Akhona Wenkevastan Shinga, Oribi Village. “I am the office manager at Oribi Village and a freelance artist and events coordinator. What gets me going every single day is to have my mother and my daughter around me, they give me the motivation to wake up and make a difference. When things get tough, I find support in my close friends and comfort through prayer. I believe the future of South Africa is bright.”
Amy Bosworth, Impilo Yabantu. “I’m trying to create a platform to engage and transform an unhealthy, unjust and corporately controlled food system. Its a healthy lifestyle market in Khayelitsha, where we are building a local economy and connecting people into a network of changemakers working towards a more sustainable urban food system. The beauty that I see within nature nourishes me, as well as the inspiring and creative individuals that I meet who radiate love and are so motivated for change. When things get tough, I try to take breaks in the ocean or mountains and remain mindful about my wellbeing with reflective processes. My fellow masters students who are working on the project are a huge help too! The value I cherish the most is empathy. I believe the future of South Africa is the youth.”
Asanele Mvandaba. “I’m a photographer for an organization known as “Nkululeko in Mind” based in Kuyasa, Cape Town. It’s about education for the youth. “Nkululeko In Mind” is because although we are free by law, we still aren’t mentally free. The aim of the organization is to maneuver the breaking of those chains through poetry, literature and other forms and open a platform for the youth to think freely and express themselves. The value I cherish the most is progress, particularly the progress of black youth. I’d like us to be proud about our craft and no longer be apologetic. Allow ourselves to leave our comfort zones and start being forward thinkers. Nurturing our own art and the culture of furthering our own progress. I believe the future of South Africa is contradictory.”
Athenkosi Khulu. “I’m an Earth Child Project facilitator. I teach kids about environmental programs, take them on hikes and run school programs and workshops. I love working with young children, it gives me motivation to nurture them. When things get tough, I find support from Earth Child Project, from my parents, my friends and mostly from the kids. The value I cherish the most is responsibility. I believe the future of South Africa is promising.”
Athi Ndulula. "I run an educational garden called Ikhaya Kulture Garden based in Khayelitsha. My community and the garden nourish me and motivates me everyday. When things get tough, I find support through both of them. The value I cherish the most is respect. I believe the future if South Africa is hopeful."
Debbie Hiebner. “I started an organization 3 years ago because so many people are unemployed. I teach people crochet skills. After, they can make it and sell it. I find my motivation in seeing so many people unemployed and hungry. I believe the future of South Africa is promising.”
Aviwe Mpesh Macothoza, Dine With. “I am a simple guy, I create local economy empowerment of the township, that is driven by connecting social entrepreneurs from different locations with the same common effort, to develop township. What motivates me is the kids in my kasi and that's where I find comfort too by spending time with them and going to the Garden of Ekasi Project Green. I believe the future of South Africa is socially democratic national. The value I cherish the most is compassion.”
Estelle de Beer. “My mission is to go in a semi rural area in community, work with vulnerable people, youth, even in school and start from the bottom for build people personally first and therefore, realise that their values. If they know, it flow out. I am also giving training to youth in others organisations on computer for example or in english. I find my motivation is seeing the fruit of my work. I believe the future of South Africa is family.”
Ayanda Cuba. “I am the co-founder of ABCD Concepts, a lifestyle and marketing business that seeks to use tourism to create authentic inclusive township experiences for locals and visitors. I find motivation in my peers, seeing them prosper and do great things always pushes to want to succeed in my work. I would like to see my community change and become an environment where young people have equal access to opportunities. When things get tough, my family is my biggest support system in particular my parents. The value I cherish the most is progress. I believe the future of South Africa is positive.”
Bianca Hansen. "I’m creating economic value from waste in South Africa. My first project in waste innovation called Toast Ale is brewing craft beer from fresh surplus bread which would otherwise go to landfill. I find my motivation in myself and in our planet. The longevity of life on the planet depends on our actions, so it’s our responsibility to take the consequences of past business seriously and reducing our negative impact on the environment, starting with our buying and consumption habits. Although I usually feel uncomfortable a lot of the time because there is little security in being a social entrepreneur, when things get tough, I find support knowing that I am able to be innovative and make great impact through the projects I work on and this is meaningful work. I believe the future of South Africa is now."
Carol Van Die Man. “I work with senior and retreat community, I take them in a couple of excursions. Since 1995 I am involved in a community for land restitution. We are close to having a full community go back to where they have been evicted during Apartheid. I find my motivation in the people, I cannot stop working with them and with my community. I believe the future of South Africa is hopeful.”
Chumisa Ntsebezo. “I’m a grade 7 student in Khayelitsha Site C, I’m 14 years old. I’m doing gardening and music. When things get tough, I get support from my mom, because family is the value I cherish the most. I believe the future of South Africa is bright.”
Clementine Toto. “I’m the co-owner of Ikofu in Khayelitsha and Somerset Hospital. We are trying to build something for our family and the community as well because thanks to our business, we are able to employ people. What keeps me going is my relationship with my 2 kids and my customers. My customers love the coffee so we are trying to give them the best quality of service. People are looking up to us and looking forward to the experience.”
Craig Makhosi, Ubuntu Bridge. “I’m a creative bridge builder using language, teaching, movement and music to build internal and communal unity. I find my motivation through the beauty of people and planet earth, and my ancestral calling. When things get tough, meditational exercise in nature and authentic friendships brings me support. The values I cherish the most are compassion & appreciation. I believe the future of South Africa is blossoming."
Dani Diliberto. “I run an organization called Ladles of Love. We are feeding the homeless people and the underprivileged school kids of Cape Town. I found the motivation to start this work after watching a documentary about giving of yourself at a breathing and meditation course 5 years ago. The value I cherish the most is humility. I believe the future of South Africa is tough”
Dj Azuhl, Beat Bangaz. “I produce music, I DJ and I run an NGO & DJ school trying to make a small change in my community. I find my motivation in trying to better myself as a human being on all levels of being on a daily basis. When things get tough, I find comfort within myself first. I believe that everything starts with you as a person, we are multi gifted spiritual being with more power that we are aware of. The value I cherish the most is life. I believe the future of South Africa is hopeful.”
Fredelaine Pillay. “I deal with family in all fears. My missions it to take broken families, and make them grow with love, respect. I also do mentorship for youth. The values I cherish the most are transformation and love.”
Damaris Kiewiets. “I work with the Western Cape community. My mission is to form partnerships and network with different community of universities in the Western Cape. I find my motivation in the people. I try to have a positive impact through my actions. The value I cherish the most is self love. if I love myself enough, i am able to respect and love others, no matter who you are.”
Ivan Pauw. “I’m a student and I am involved in a healthy food market called Impilo Yabantu Market. Through food we want to bring people from all backgrounds together to learn and grow. My belief that the future of South Africa will be determined by our actions today. I find support through my friends and family, and through hiking and spending time in nature. The value I cherish the most is integrity.”
Jadenne Van Neel, Earth Child Project. “I do Art for the kids at Levana and Harmony. It's a space for the kids to express themselves and to let go of all their troubles. I find my motivation most definitely in the kids. They enjoy it, so I enjoy it, so their enjoyment nourishes my motivation. When things get tough, I find support in the Earth Child Project team and particularly from Linci, my overseer. The value I cherish the most is respect. I believe the future of South Africa is our youth.”
Leela Codron, Seva Unite. “I teach yoga & mindfulness to offenders in South Africa. I hope I'm helping people realise that all they need to live a less stressful and anxiety. Filled life is within. I find my everyday motivation through my own journey of self discovery and growth. When things get tough, I find support in friends and nature. The value I cherish the most is vulnerability. I believe the future of South Africa is rooted in what we are doing right now.”
Eben Pastor. “I am working in a community with rejected young girls and boys and teach them how to grow up and build goals to achieve thanks to a program called Teen Goaler. We put something together, they grow up and we make them feel special. I find my motivation in seeing the people we support going from brokenness to owners. The value I cherish the most is love.”
Lillian Patricia Masebenza, Mhani Gingi. “I am powering women through skills training through urban agriculture with three distinct focus areas: nursery, community gardens and vertical gardens. What feeds me it is when I see vulnerable women coming from abusive situations that I supported be able to improve their livelihoods and supporting themselves further. What is the value that I cherish the most is trust.”
Linci Abrahams. “I am working with Earth Child Project, I teach yoga to under resourced schools in Lavender Hill. I find my motivation in the children, the community, and the fact that we do yoga. I love yoga, it is one of the things that could enhance children at a very young age. It motivates me everyday and everyday is different. I can see how yoga and holistic living benefits children. I believe the future of South Africa is about possibilities.”
Loubie Rush, Making KOS. “I am pursuing ways to achieve more widespread growing of indigenous food plants, and bringing the knowledge that is needed to learn how to use them so they can become more accessible in the Western Cape. I feel motivated by my love for food and the fact that we are not making use of the amazing products that are available to us. I find support from people who share the same enthusiasm and hope as I do. The value I cherish the most is the energy of the youth. I believe the future of South Africa is enormous.’
Lumko Ningi, Ikofu
DJ Eazy aka The Hope Dealer
Luyolo Lenga. “I’m a music director and leader of an ensemble, I have a deep passion for indigenous african traditional choral and church music. I find my motivation in the plight of our people. We are confronted with societal problems (poverty, crime, corruption, loss of identity, epidemics and poor education) that need each one of us to help find solutions. Therefore, I live with the mission to help my people find a better way of living. When things get tough, I find support from my family. I believe the future of South Africa is love”
Cedric Van Die Man. “I work with senior and retreat community, I take them in a couple of excursions. Since 1995 I am involved in a community for land restitution. We are close to having a full community go back to where they have been evicted during Apartheid. I find my motivation in the people, I cannot stop working with them and with my community. I believe the future of South Africa is hopeful.”
Malibongwe Dyasi, Place of Knowledge. “I provide skills to the townships at a low cost and I run a DJ academy based in Khayelitsha. What motivates me is waking up everyday trying to enact change in my community. Equipping teenagers with skills so that they are well-versed in what they want to do. I find support through the incubation program of Oribi Village. The value I cherish the most is respect. I believe the future of South Africa is innovation.”
Malikah Daniels. “I’m a member of the female rap group Sister in Command. I work alongside Ready D to educate youth in our communities about road safety. What keeps me going is the success and productivity of my work. When things get tough, I find support from my husband, my family and my friends. The value I cherish the most is family. I believe the future of South Africa is Innovation.”
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Mama G
Mamba Mbombo. “I nurture the talent of young kids, remove them from the streets and expose them to ways in which to grow their skills. I find my motivation in the way I relate with the kids: It’s the way I grew up. I was exposed to the negativity of the township and I’m trying to prevent the township youth from following this path. When things get tough, I try to find support inside myself. It’s difficult but the passion keeps me moving. I believe the future of South Africa is Bright.
Siphesihle Mehlomakhulu, Empower Moves. “I empower, inspire and transform the mindsets of young women in disadvantaged communities like Samora Machel in Khayelitsha. I show them it’s about who they are and their impact in the community. I find my motivation in seeing the impact that we have on their lives of these young girls as they grow and become powerful young women of the community. The value I cherish the most is respect. I believe the future of South Africa is transformation.”
Mpumelelo Sefalane, Dine With
Mtheto Tshemese aka "iNdlobongela"
Mthunzi Qagana. “I’m training and giving parental skills to men and fathers to involve them in their children’s lives and curbing the plight of absent fathers. I find my motivation in my own experience. I grew up with 7 siblings and my father never spent time with me. As a result, I never used to listen to him. I ended up living on the street for 5 years. I would like to prevent teenagers from ending up on the street and being delinquents. The value I cherish the most is family. I believe the future of South Africa is positive.”
Nandipha Ntongana. “I'm a yoga teacher, I did my teacher training last year, now I’m running community classes, so it's like giving back to my community all that I've learnt so far. I find my everyday motivation through my mentors Chris Barkley and Kafui Awoonor. When things get tough, I find support in my family, my mentors and from my colleague Zizipho. The value I cherish the most is love. I believe the future of South Africa is bright and healthy.”
Noks Jada. “I work for an organization called Earth Child Project. Its an organization that does yoga, brings holistic approach in disadvantaged communities like Khayelitsha and Lavender Hills. We do things like yoga, meditation, teach kids how to plant organically, take them up the mountain once a month. We teach them a simple way of living, like drinking water instead of fizzy drinks. When things get tough, I find support in my daily practice. I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 15 years now. I also get a lot of support from the yoga community around the world, the parents of the learners, the teachers, the schools, and the department of education. The value I cherish the most is Humanity. I believe the future of South Africa is on top of Table Mountain.”
Olivia Krok, LivCurious. “I provide sustainable corporate social investment solutions across a broad range of sectors which can be tailored to our clients vision and strategy for holistic, positive impact. Our ongoing focus is on education, as it is the basis of positive change. We are creating vibrant and interactive spaces to foster the education for children to flourish. After falling and failing a lot, step by step I get closer to achieving the dream for so many people, so the smiling faces of the children and the appreciation of the teachers and other beneficiaries I work with gets me motivated. When things get tough, I find support in my family and friends, they may think my dreams are crazy at times but I know they have my back. I also find support from fellow social change makers, together we can achieve and grow so much. The value I cherish the most is kindness.”
Phakamani Waka. “I am a student at Cape Town College & Ekse Lens. I'm studying Art & Design, I apply the skills & knowledge I'm getting from both schools with the local kids to improve their potential. I find motivation thought seeing the kids happy & learning from my effort. When things get tough, I find support in my family and the people I work with. I believe the future of South Africa is bright. I think that whatever you are doing, you should just give it all"
Liezl Pastor. “I am working in a community with rejected young girls and boys and teach them how to grow up and build goals to achieve thanks to a program called Teen Goaler. We put something together, they grow up and we make them feel special. I find my motivation in seeing the people we support going from brokenness to owners. The value I cherish the most is love.”
Qhama Mroreli aka Qdeekay. “I am a photographer, an aspiring filmmaker and an activist. I am also a marketing director at an organization called ABCD, our primary course is to tutor and mentor pupils from poor schools of Eastern Cape. We help them with career choice, applying for tertiary education and skills so they grow as independent young adults. I find my motivation inside myself, I don’t wait for anyone. When things get tough, I find support in spending time at the library. The value I cherish the most is perseverance. I believe the future of South Africa is Independent.”
Ria Schurman, Ubuhle Bendalo. “I run a community and organic food garden in Khayelitsha. We are focus on planting healthy organic fresh food. Through the garden, we reach out to the community and inspire them to start their own garden. My motivation is to grow the seed of change through food. The change starts with us! I believe the future of South Africa is promising.”
Richard Bolland. “I have a vision to see people enter long-term sustainable pathways out of homelessness towards healthy independence. Jesus, my family and my community of friends on the street and who've left the street motivates me every day. When things get tough, I usually find support through people in my community who are doing amazing things. The values I cherish the most are mutual transformation & equalising power. I believe the future of South Africa is unified.”
Sebastian Daniels. “I am working trying to build a platform and a network for independent entrepreneurs supporting local businesses in Khayelitsha. I help them rebrand, relabel and repackage their products. What motivates me is to work with guys in Khayelitsha that have so much less than I do but they are driven to make a difference. I believe that the future of South Africa is to put the power back in the people’s hands!”
Shuaib Philanders “I provide equity to the underprivileged so that the equality gap can be breached. I find my everyday motivation when seeing the pain in my peoples face when begging while I walk through the city. When things get tough, I find support in those closest to me. The value I cherish the most is hope. I believe the future of South Africa is uncertain.”
Sikelela Dibela. “I’m a coffee shop owner known as Siki. I am motivated by trying to make a difference in my community. I believe the future of South Africa is bright.”
Sikelelwa Waka. “I’m from Khayelitsha. I’m 22 years old. I work for an organization called Earth Child Project. I teach kids yoga and life skills in disadvantaged communities like Khayelitsha and Lavender Hill. I find my motivation in 2 things: First from my own experience, I was a student of ECP and I saw the impact it had on my life. But also because the kids I am working with. They are going through a lot throughout their lives so when they come to yoga, it is a space for them to be themselves without any pressure and to realise that the impossible things are possible. When things get tough, I find support from my colleagues and my family. I believe the future of South Africa is safe.”
Sinesipho Njeza. “I am a student at Ekse Lens and I also work with an organisation on social development and nature conservation in the Western Cape. What motivates me day after day is acknowledging that I haven't achieved my greatness and having everyday an opportunity to discover what that greatness is, what it looks like, and how else I could be of use to the world and have that greatness shine. When things get tough, I find support and comfort at home. Home is a very safe space. It's a space where I can move how I want and be my ugliest self with no judgement. The value I cherish the most is time. I believe the future of South Africa is hopeful.”
Sinethemba Makoma. “I’m a young entrepreneur from the township who has co founded two startups known as Govarsity and Dine with. I have a background in web development and have recently qualified to be a data scientist. I'm motivated by change, that is to see creativity and drive from people and being able to solve problems that we face in our communities. I wake up everyday with an eager to improve myself and my education. Lastly, I'm motivated by the rapid growth of technology which is the 4th Industrial Revolution, it has a huge potential of bringing precision to every bad situation that humans face. When things get tough, I find support from reading and watching motivational videos and from close family members and friends. The value I cherish the most are empathy and initiative. I believe the future of South Africa is dystopian.”
Siphamandla Singqoto, Ekse Lens
Siphamandla Soxuza, Langa Online. “I am the Marketing Director of an online newspaper offering local news about Langa township. It is a collaborative platform for the community to share stories changing the usual narrative of townships. I find my motivation in my grandmother and Gary Vaynerchuk, the digital marketing guru. When things get tough, I find comfort mostly in myself. I believe the future of South Africa is innovative.”
Sipho Mbulelo Ntlapho, Ingalo. “I’m an artist of many disciplines mostly fashion, leather crafts, beadwork, fine art, just to mention a few. I’m currently in Cape Town making costumes for film sets. I find my motivation in knowing that I have a blessing that other people may not have. The satisfaction of creation, and the prospect of building my brand Ingalo. Truly speaking, it’s not easy to find support when things get tough. I appreciate the little support that I get from family, friends, my customers and public reception. The values that I cherish the most and respect & humility. I believe the future of South Africa is challenging.”
Siviwe Ntsikelelo Ntlek. “I’m a visual artist, fashion design and stylist. I’m self taught, or rather a talent I discovered and have been honing it for the past 15 years. My brand Vatoh Kouture is inspired by african cultural aesthetic. Coming from a small town in the Eastern Cape, I've however been fortunate enough to showcase on international platforms such as African Fashion Week Toronto Canada 2014. I'm currently styling and dressing a number of local musicians. I'm quite self-motivated however I draw a lot of inspiration from people doing great things as agents of change, whether in the arts or in the improvement of one's circumstances or environment, in a family or community and social setting. Nature and anything for better change inspires and motivates me as well. The value I cherish the most is identity. I believe the future of South Africa is healing.”
Sizwe Nyuka. “I’m involved in a family project called Ekasi Project Green. We saw a gap in our community, every youngster wants to be a designer or a DJ, so we tried to do something different: we started doing a food garden. For me food garden is about politics because we are addressing the issue of land and food. There are so many families in our hood that goes hungry every day. The value I cherish the most is nature. I believe the future of South Africa is fair.“
Sophumla Ntoyabo. “I’m cultivating organic, healthy, nutritional food in the community school so I can sell it to the community. I find my motivation in the people I’m selling to. The value I cherish the most is knowledge. I believe the future of South Africa is healthy.”
Tasneem Jhetam. “I’m a masters student in sustainable development and part of the Impilo Yabantu Market. I'm motivated by knowing that there is potential for great change in the food system and the ways in which people are able to access sustainable, ethical and nutritious food, especially in urban spaces. I find comfort in accessing new knowledge and in community and connection to people. The value I cherish the most is authenticity. I believe the future of South Africa is hopeful.”
Thulani Headman, Bridges for Music. “I’m a social entrepreneur, Dj and music producer known as DJ Fosta. I find my motivation in the life around me, where I grew up, that's my push. Everyday I try to make a better future for our community. When things get tough, I find support first from home, from my family, but also my peers, the people I hang around with, my community basically, because that is the most inspiring, its what keeps me going every day. I believe the future of South Africa is bright”
Trenton Birch, Bridge for Music. “I am working in the music industry to create positive change through educational initiatives. What nourishes my motivation every day is making a positive difference to people’s lives. I believe that in order to make the world a better place for our kids and their kids, we have a responsibility to fight in a good fight. The value I cherish the most is Integrity. I believe the future of South Africa is challenging.”
Unathi Mgele. “I help run an educational non-profit food garden with my brothers Athi and Xolisa in Site C at Isikhokelo Primary School to share the roots about where food really comes from. I find my everyday motivation in change and the evolution of time. When things get tough, I get support in nature. Mother nature always balances things out. I also find support in my family.”
Vuyo Myoli. “I am a performing artist and I’m also doing farming at a community & organic food garden in Gugulethu called Asande. Through art, I try to influence the community in the township of Gugulethu to eat healthy and organic food. I believe the future of South Africa is great!
Xola Keswa. “I am a gardener and an activist farmer mainly an urban one. I am coming from the permaculture movement of Cape Town. Nature is my motivation. I want to see myself in the future surrounded by the forest, trees and plants. I owe my loyalty not to nations but to fellow human beings in the community. I believe the future of South Africa is innovative.”
Xoli Fuyani. “I work for Earthchild Project as an Environmental Educator. Exposing and inspiring primary school learners to deeply care about their environment. I find motivation in spending time in nature. It fuels me up. I also find a lot of motivation seeing Earthchild 1st generation now teaching what they experience in our programs. When things get tough, I find support in a very strong women support group that care for my well being. Also my journal and dancing are my everyday selfcare tools. The values I cherish the most are kindness and connection. I believe the future of South Africa is promising.”
Xolisa Bangani. “I am involved in several projects in events, tourism, agriculture and art to show something positive from the community that I represent. I find my motivation from the people in my community. The value I cherish the most is loyalty.”
Yandisa Nazo. “I’m a student at CPUT and also a growing photographer. My everyday motivation is chasing the dreams I want to achieve. When things get tough, As a young photographer I find support from my surrounding and with Ekse Lens, the organization that I have been working with for a long time now. The values I cherish the most are perseverance and hard work. I believe the future of South Africa is bright”
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Zandile Thlapi, Baby friendly. “I’m the founder of the first baby store in Khayelitsha. I find my motivation in my kids, family and building wealth for my family. When things get tough, I find support at home with friends and family, people who buy my items, people who like and share my page on Facebook and offer their encouraging words. The value I cherish the most is respect. I believe the future of South Africa is powerful.”
Zizipho Mfeketo, Health Warriors. “I am doing yoga in my community each week day and also am running yoga classes for children. What motivates me the most is to wake up every morning to make change and try to bring hope to the children. When things get though, I find hope mostly inside me by talking to myself and meditating. By doing that I get more calm, and I’m able to think more positively about the way forward. Also I get support from my mentor and from my family. The value I cherish the most is self love. I believe the future of South Africa is bright”
Zizipho Ntobongwana. “I produce organic cotton and biodegradable menstrual products through my brand, Sheba. These products include sanitary pads, tampons and pantyliners. Sheba also aims to normalize and destigmatize menstruation through social commentary and education. The future nourishes my motivation every day. We need to make sacrifices, decisions and changes that will make the world livable for generations to come. I find comfort in silence and support in my mother, and friends. I believe the future of South Africa is revolutionary.”
Grandmaster Ready D. “I’m a first generation Hip Hop culture practitioner and also one of the founder members of Prophets Of Da City, BVK, The BeatBangaz and SR4A. My work is quite extensive. I’m a radio & TV presenter, I do music production and DJING at events in many places throughout Africa and the world. My work also involves youth and community development. I’m currently working with my SR4A organization on projects that will help reduce road deaths and fatalities. I find my motivation from the love and support of my wife, my family and friends. I believe the future of South Africa is illuminating.”
Zukisa Mayeza. “I’m a gardner, a chef and a musician. What keeps my going is my work. I love what I’m doing, I love expressing myself through multiple disciplines and I love showing that off. When things get tough, I get support from within, in the things I’ve been through and my experiences. The value I cherish the most is love. I believe the future of South Africa is bright.”
Zuko Mdatyulwa. “I’m a professional chef known as Notorious Chef Sage. I find my motivation through my love for Nature. The value I cherish the most is effort and quality. When things get tough, I find support through my family and my friends.”
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