After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from TSiBA Education, Moses launched Nebula in 2012 to help grow skateboarding culture within South Africa. The organisation hosts various events and workshops at primary schools in townships across Cape Town. Participants receive help with their homework, skateboarding lessons and learn about self-awareness, leadership and emotional intelligence.
“The Nebula Youth Programme equips young people with the personal and creative skills needed to pursue their dreams. Skateboarding teaches you that when you fall down, you get back up and try again. That’s the only way you are going to perform a trick,” explains Moses.
Spearheading an NPO can be challenging and in the early years, Moses found that access to resources and financial stability were difficult to navigate. He partnered with like-minded people and organisations such as TSiBA Education, The Learning Trust and many people within the skateboarding community.
“When you are genuinely driven and passionate about something, you will be surprised by the amount of support you can get,” he says. “It’s important to learn, adapt and never give up on your vision. The fulfillment and joy I see from kids learning how to skate is my biggest motivation because it has an impact that is greater than myself.”
Extending the reach
In 2016, Moses moved to Hanoi, Vietnam, to further his teaching career. He currently teaches English and works with NGO Blue Dragon, giving weekly skateboarding lessons to street children. He also cofounded an alternative hip-hop band called Rebel Monk, which is made up of musicians from across the globe.
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“Who said you could only have one dream?” he muses. ”In 2018, I will be releasing my third solo EP as well as the Rebel Monk Live EP. I plan to return to South Africa to continue offering young people the support they need to succeed at school and beyond. I’d like to contribute to a growing world of independent artists and individuals, who support each other to pursue their passion and live their dream.”
Moses’ advice for young people:
- It’s crucial to know what you want to achieve and why you are doing it. Be honest and clear with yourself.
- Have a plan. Be realistic and do your research to determine what you need to do to achieve your goals.
- Make time for yourself. Ensure that you have downtime and do the things you really enjoy because it’s the only way to find balance.