PERSONAL PROFILE

Age: 34

Nationality: South African

Home Language: isiXhosa

Programme: BA majoring in Community Development

Start Year: 2017

Previous School: Walter Sisulu University

Local City: Cape Town

ABOUT STUDENT

My name is Winkie. My personal motto is “change the community in order to be able to change the world”. I’m very passionate about community development, and I work as a Funda leader under the Nalibali youth-reading campaign in my home of Khayelitsha. I am a single parent with two lovely children – in my free time I enjoy studying for my community development courses and playing netball.

My degree programme here will expand my knowledge on community development and make me into a more effective and efficient leader. It’s already taught me a lot about how to project strength and confidence as a positive role model in my community.

Studying gives me a great feeling of self-worth. I am proud to better understand who I am, and the perspective I’ve gained here helps me be a better support to the people I encounter. My degree programme for me is not just a path to a job, but also a process of learning skills that I can apply every day in my community. I hope to use what I’ve learned in leading workshops on basic counselling skills in Khayelitsha.