Jacob is a natural leader, a true example of Servant Leadership and is well respected by his peers. He is a trail blazer, a strategic thinker, a visionary, and he makes calculated decisions. This has led to his involvement with library and outreach projects that have had a sustainable future.
Jacob has been a critical member of the library monitors’ team and he has recruited, and mentored boys, modelling what libraries should be doing, by sharing the resources of the Cawse Library to serve the Makhanda Community.
The model used by the boys to start their first library renovation project at Nombulelo High School in 2018 set their Community Engagement projects apart. Their motto was “Nothing about them without them”.
Jacob has been actively involved in an array of events over the years:
- In November 2017 and 2018 Jacob was involved in the Cawse Library Grand Opening leading tours of guests around the library.
- In his Grade 9 year, Jacob co-founded the St Andrew’s College Interact Club where he has been Co-President since 2018.
- He was involved in the Nombulelo Alien Plant removal in 2019.
- Jacob was also one of the pupil presenters during the South African School Librarians’ Conference in 2019. They delivered a paper titled “Community Engagement through the Library” where they received a standing ovation, and as a direct result of this initiative, a donation of R11,000 was made by the LIASA President.
- Jacob helped to set up the annual “Christmas in November” project in both 2019 through a Civvies day, and 2020 where they raised over R16,000 through a Wacky Wednesday fundraiser for Eluxolweni Children’s Home where Santa shoe boxes were delivered.
- During lockdown, Jacob and his team navigated the Interact Club through the most difficult term it has faced since its inception. He took an active role in leading the “Winter Drive” initiative which aimed to assist the community of Makhanda during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Jacob was one of the organisers of the Valentine’s Day roses and cupcakes in both 2020 and 2021.
- Jacob and his team, together with Stuart Christie, were instrumental in organizing a Civvies day in February 2020 to support the “Stand for 30” sanitary pad drive initiative. The money was used to support 50 Matric girls attending Nombulelo High School.
- Jacob is currently coordinating and setting up “Corner Classroom” libraries at Oatlands Preparatory School. This will contribute to improving literacy rates.
- He is currently organising a stationary drive for 35 learners at Mary Waters High School.
- Jacob and his peers have been favorably mentioned in articles in the LIASA “In Touch” magazine, as well as ISASA articles in recognition of their work.
- Awarded the Senior Pro Libris Trophy in 2020.
- Jacob also holds leadership positions within the school as a Community Engagement Portfolio Prefect and the Deputy Head of Mullins House.
Through his mentoring of other boys, Jacob has been able to encourage a few to become leaders themselves, and he has recommended a number of these boys to be deserving of Leadership and CEMA awards. I am positive that Jacob will become a leader amongst men when he leaves the confines of College. He is most deserving of this accolade.
Mrs Vuyokazi Jamieson