Women in ICT: Empower. Enrich. Engage.

Rumbi Maisva, our EXCO representative in STEM, has been invited to speak at the first Women in ICT Seminar brought to you by the College of Cape Town & On the Ball College.

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Rumbi will be speaking about the journey to IT. She is a Quality Assurance Analyst (QA) at Open Box Software. She studied a double major in Accounting and Computer Science and completed her Honours in Information Systems and Auditing. She is here to represent women in STEM. She has been involved in the Code4CT initiative and believes there is a gap in knowledge in terms of the vast roles that are available in IT and a lot of fear for women to pursue IT roles. Part of her involvement with Code4CT has been speaking as a guest speaker and sharing her life story of how she ended up in IT and the challenges that she had to overcome, the hard work required and the possibility thereof of Women in IT.

Who should attend?

Current female ICT students, Grade 11 & 12 female students, Unemployed ICT
graduates & Business, Entrepreneurial, Academic and Government stakeholders
who are actively involved in promoting the development of women in ICT.

Join the journey and explore the roles of women in Information & Communication Technology (ICT) here.

Well done Rumbz!

#Womandla

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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