Raised in Durban, South Africa during the period of transition from Apartheid to Democracy, I was fortunate to experience many different levels of society and community in South Africa, which I believe had a significant impact on who I am today.
My teen years were largely spent learning about Apartheid and other global struggles as well as being actively and charitably involved in my local community. My strong moral and ethical background has served me well with building and maintaining relationships with others.
While studying a BA in psychological counselling I worked in the medical field for a gynaecologist and fertility specialist and later for an optometrist. Those roles taught me valuable lessons about delivering good customer service and how to engage with a variety of personalities.
After 3 years of living in London and becoming a mother, I became involved with the South African community in the UK, initially through social and political channels and later through charity and other channels. During this time and wearing many different ‘hats’ within the South African diaspora community, I found my life passion and calling which is to use myself as a vessel for educating and inspiring others to be proactive citizens and make positive change for the future of their country.
I do not do what I do for recognition, money or fame. I do it because I firmly believe that South Africans can heal and unite to build and make the rainbow nation ideal a reality and I believe this can be achieved within my lifetime.
The South African (.com) – UK representative, online global media platform for South Africans.
Nedbank SA Charity Golf Day – secretariat, largest charity golf day in Europe.
Democratic Alliance Abroad - voluntary committee member of this recognized branch of South Africa’s formal opposition party, catering for the needs of South Africans living outside of South Africa.
SAY We Can movement - voluntary committee member of this new community-led venture aimed at changing the hearts and minds of global South Africans to make a positive impact for the future of SA.
2014: Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation – coordinator for the Isagoyarona Football Caching Programme in Bloemfontein, South Africa in collaboration with Crystal Palace FC Foundation and Active Communities Network.
2013: Foodbank Foundation South Africa (UK) – fundraising and awareness for this national charity providing thousands of daily meals for underprivileged South Africans.
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