Age: 19

Nationality: South African

Home Language: IsiXhosa

Programme: BA majoring in Media Studies

Start Year: 2017

Previous School: Manyano High School

Local City: Khayelitsha, Cape Town


My name is Yamkela. I enjoy playing soccer and cricket, as well as playing the piano and reading novels. I come from Khayelitsha, and am proud to be studying at the tertiary level. 

I chose the Bachelor in Media Studies programme at Cornerstone because it resonates with my personal interests. My lifelong dream has been to secure a job as a radio presenter, and my degree in media studies will help me get there. I am studying because I believe it’s the path to a better future for myself and my family.

The opportunity to obtain a degree is hugely meaningful to me, as I will be the first person in my family to ever do so. Getting a degree is a big symbolic step, and I feel it helps me achieve my goals of being a positive presence for all the people in my closest circle and my community.