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"WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD"
My journey from idea to reality, highlighting a handful of lessons along the way
“After holding the post of the University Student Parliament Chairperson and running 7 marathons to raise money for Shawco, a charity based in Cape Town, I won 4 leadership awards during my university years. I was twice awarded the prestigious Vice Chancellor’s most outstanding student leader award at UCT. I have a B.Com Economics and Statistics from UCT, and am very value-centered and grounded in my principles. In 2010 I was asked to deliver a speech at The World Economic Forum about the role of youth in the economy. The invitation and speech was indicative of my vast experience and talent in visionary leadership, management and the execution of plans. I am the recipient of the Barclays Bank Junior Achievement Global Entrepreneur of the Year for 2007. I also co-founded JSI holdings, which has been at the heart of micro-finance since 2006 in Zimbabwe.”
Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts? “UCT Upstarts is a fantastic initiative and I really believe it can be the platform to develop more aspiring entrepreneurs. Having started my business when I was still a student, I recognize the challenges one faces in finding support and encouragement to explore different models and how best to build a business. This platform will promote and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and create the ideal environment for an entrepreneur who has an idea but lacks the skills and resources to develop it.”
HOW DO YOU ‘IMAGINE A NEW AFRICA’? “A new Africa would be a place where humans strive to work in harmony with each other and their natural surroundings. Africa remains a place of great opportunity. To encourage social entrepreneurship can only bode well for her future.”