Many might know this dynamic young lady from the SABC 1 series, One Day Leader, a Wits Golden Key Society committee member and recently successful candidate for Wits LSC Elections. Her ambition, prowess and finesse grades her as one of God’s chosen people who lead a purpose driven life. She definitely is a force to be reckoned with and is far more phenomenal than her 20-year young life suggests.
She is studying her third year in Law at Wits and is the first contributor to Sorority Sayings.
I asked her a few questions about her achievements, aspirations and women in general.
SS: Q. If you could create a job position for yourself, what would it entail?
AN: A. Fortunately for me, they already exist. My heart is set on philanthropy and journalism. I want to mesh up the two, and tell the world inspiring stories through the eyes of a 20 year old. I’m also a lover of law. I love how laws are constantly evolving; and that there are two sides to every tale and each is weighed up on a balance of probabilities and where necessary, factual evidence. It [the job] would entail lots of listening, feeling, writing and then sharing with others.
SS: Q. What is your greatest achievement to date?
AN: A. In 2011, I went to New York as part of the delegation for Model UN. That was a personal victory for me, to have been selected out of a many brilliant and capable candidates. Traveling to NYC stirred something in me. It lifted a veil from my eyes and made me realize how much life was going on outside of town. There are people in a different timezone and hemisphere who believe in the same things I do and are affected by the same things I am. It’s very different hearing about it, seeing it with your own eyes changes you.
SS: Q. From a bird’s eye view, what would you say the state of the nation is?
AN: A. There is so much change going on in this country that I’m afraid to answer this (in case my opinion changes). So anything I say here, should be taken with a pinch of salt. [ LOL at the disclaimer] South Africa is in a very critical time in democracy, a transformative period where we can start to ask the hard questions [that] we’ve been avoiding this whole time. We are 20 years old, and like the typical 20-year old, we are evolving, sometimes a little unsure of ourselves and being tugged in too many directions.
SS: Q. What role do or should women play in this?
AN: A. Women need to take an active role in shaping the political landscape of the country. We shouldn’t be afraid to challenge and disagree. Most importantly, we need to steer away from ‘ad hominem’ politics. When we call Drs. Lindiwe Sisulu or Mamphela Ramphele ‘an old gogo’, this is not in the spirit of fair politics or feminisim. We all need to stop this type of bullying and have no tolerance for those who instigate it, because it just isn’t nice.
AN: A. YES! “Anele, why do you call yourself Time Traveller?” My answer would be, “Because my body is a time machine.”
And that’s a a tasty, scrumptious, enlightening, filling wrap! Thank you world changer and history maker!
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