Womandla in STEM for Cape Town

Rumbidzaishe Maisva, Womandla’s EXCO member and Quality Assurance Analyst at Open Box Software, shared her journey with young ladies as part of Women’s month.

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Rumbi was recently invited as a guest speaker at the Women In ICT event held at College of Cape Town in Crawford, Cape Town.

She spoke about how her journey led her to IT and encouraged the younger girls in the audience which comprised of Grade 10-12 learners and some students from the college through her life story.

Amongst what she said to the girls was advice on how to enrich themselves by protecting their space and their time. To not allow negative energy in their space and to use their time in a way that they are enriched for the future.

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She shared how her success story actually stemmed from failure. A failed module could have cost her her degree, but she turned that around to complete her degree and further her studies by doing her Honours – which fell short of a cum laude by 3%. The girls related so much to the story and reached out to her  for more inspiration after her speech.

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One of the young ladies even asked to interview her and she got the opportunity to ask her questions and find out more about her role in IT.

It sounds like not only the younger girls where learning from this seminar, Rumbi says she learnt so much too. The more experienced women in the field encouraged her to keep studying – acquiring international certificates and to keep hitting more milestones. Most of what they said was validation for what she is already embarking in.

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Here’s to encouraging younger ladies to grow into empowered and confident women!

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Molo Molo Simply Sybz

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana alluded to this on her recent visit to Port Elizabeth, but not in so many words.

The School of ICT hosted the affluent Information Systems guru at it’s first Women in IT celebratory breakfast this past week. The vibrant speaker holds many titles such as dj, business analyst, business owner,sound engineer, mentor just to name a few. She suggested to be called “Simply Sybz” as if all those roles are effortlessly juggled. The irony!

As she was sharing her life story, it made me even more open to the world and goaded new thoughts of infinite possibility. What amazed me is how she juggles so many things, yet still remains humble and centered.

Her attention to detail and quality of excellence is what sets her apart from most speakers who happen to say cliche airy fairy things. The overly used “dream big” expression came to life and became so real and tangible as I heard her speak. She demonstrated  how a young girl like her, from the rural areas of the Eastern Cape, could be well traveled and basically have conquered the world.

I won’t lie, her techno-geek jargon, coding and programming gripes are the few things that flew over my head. Everyone in the room seemed to understand though what the usual IT struggles are. The lesson in it all though was to keep developing oneself and continue having a hunger to learn. Knowing that your best, might not be the best and in order to have a competitive advantage, one must be willing to work for it. Once you hit the number one small spot, opportunities find you rather than the other way around.

It seems I still have a loads of work to do. Truthfully, the work never stops.

“You cannot measure 1,3m and want to be a supermodel.”  was one of her favorite pull quotes.(To draw the parallel between what she kept saying and Albert Einstein.) You would be defeating yourself. The talk ended with a wonderful single of hers due out for release featuring PE’s Ifani and her cousin, Nathi. The  bouncy African infused track is called Molo Molo (Hello, hello in isiXhosa).

I’m glad she was so willing and enthused to visit the Bay. Simply Sybz is that exception of you can do it all, and live life on your own terms and doing everything you love. All is possible only if you continue to go back to the middle, and get centered. She spoke to every demographic and left us all motivated and energized.

The onus is now on me to dig up my vision board out and stick to what she said, “Your biggest success is in your heart”. Good gracious, I might have to dig up my heart too.. JOKES.

There is nothing orthodox about the way she does things, this might just be the recipe to her success.

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