Anele grew up in Mbekweni outside Paarl and he witnessed a lot of suffering in his neighbourhood.

From a very young age, he knew that he wanted to do something about it, and when he was old enough, he acted on his desire to make a difference.

He is currently the chairperson of Rise Up with Advocacy and Action (Ruwaa), a nonprofit organisation that promotes social accountability and human rights through citizen voice and action campaigns.