In 1994 a 17 year old American scholar Jacob Lief arrived in South Africa to observe the first democratic elections. Jacob returned to Cape Town in 1997 only to find out that the job he had been offered was a scam.
Disillusioned Jacob got on a train to Port Elizabeth, met Banks Gwaxula in a shebeen and was taken in by Banks to stay in his Zwide home.
Working as a teacher Lief saw a great hunger in his pupils for knowledge.
Gwaxula and Lief then came up with a plan to invest in local children and Ubuntu was born in 1999.
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