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Age: 35

LanguagesIsiZulu, IsiXhosa, SeSotho, English 


I am a creative person. With the various skills I have acquired over the years, my objective is to make a meaningful contribution  to the world through the work I do.


Social Media Management

I am competent with social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.

I love learning. This helps me keep abreast as a highly motivated, creative individual with experience and a passion for connecting with current and future clients. I have learned 
communicating the company’s brand in a positive, authentic way that respond to client  needs.


I have been running a translation service for isiZulu and English languages since 2011. Some of my clients have included the likes of Zakes Mda, the Robert Managaliso Sobukwe Trust and the Legal Resource Centre among others.

Curriculum Development

In 2009 the University of Fort Hare launched an innovative transdisciplinary course, called Life, Knowledge, Action, that all first year students were required to take. The architecture of the course required that students take part in the design, teaching and management of the course. I contributed to the design of the curriculum and became the lead student facilitator of this course in the Alice Campus in 2009 and then in the East London Campus in 2010. The success of this course, owing in no small measure to the nature and quality of student leadership, has generated interest across universities and the Department of Higher Education.

I have designed learning programs for the University of Stellenbosch, and designed a youth empowerment program for Educo Africa among others.


My mentoring skills have developed over the years through serving in various roles.  One of the biggest lessons I have had to learn as a mentor is to be available, patient, sensitive, knowledgeable, flexible and a good listener in allowing people to develop themselves.

As a trainer and instructor I am typically prepared to present information effectively, respond to participant questions and lead activities that reinforce learning. I also direct participants to supplementary resources and reference materials.   I have learned to lead discussions, listen effectively, make accurate observations and help participants to link training to their jobs. This includes, but not limited to, maintain eye contact, maintain a positive attitude, speak in a clear voice, gesture appropriately, and maintain interest and dispel confusion.
My communication skills are complemented by my facilitation and mentoring skills. Through exposure and education I have developed very good communication skills. I am one who can communicate at all levels and am familiar and comfortable with using social media as a means of communication.   I have been a spokesperson for the Mandela Day Celebrations at the University of Fort Hare, and was invited to deliver a talk at the launch of the International Mandela day in Houghton, Gauteng in 2011.

In 2008, together with a group of  students, I founded the Student Round Table. The Student Round Table played a pivotal role in organising students to work with rural youth in Mqanduli to enhance their love for reading and writing through the Nelson Mandela Institute's Phemba Mfundi programme. I was a lead facilitator in this programme from 2009 to 2012.
I have also been instrumental in setting up two reading clubs in East London and rural Mthwalume, KZN. Through these reading clubs I explored various models of community participation for a reading and writing intervention. The coordination and running of these clubs was my responsibility, and this also included the recruiting and training of volunteers. 

Work History

Oct 2015Present

Campaigner is a multi-issue, multi-lingual campaign organisation focusing on amplifying the voices of those affected by injustice to build a more people-powered Mzansi. We do this by ensuring that anyone, anywhere in South Africa, speaking any language can take action on issues affecting them.

Some of my responsibilities include, but not limited to facilitating continuous engagement with members on a regular basis, working with other campaigners to develop quick and catchy campaign messages for different target audiences, and developing updates for members on various campaigns and internal updates.

Dec 2012Feb 2016

Trainer and Facilitator

Activate! Change Drivers
Trainers are responsible for delivering the Activate program sessions to a high standard and to contribute to preparation, training and reflection stages of the program. They are encouraged to maintain contact with key post-training participant requests and activities and report on activities and request. Trainers manage their own administration and ensure that administration and reporting systems are maintained and timeously completed. Trainers are expected to contribute to programme processes and tasks as required.
Feb 2010Jan 2012

Intern: Pedagogy and Curriculum Development

Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development

This full time internship allowed me to develop skills, experience and commitment with regard to the work of the Nelson Mandela Institute. The internship entailed providing support to the performance areas of the Institute. This included, but not limited to curriculum development, teacher support coordination, school learner support and material development.

Jun 2007Jan 2008

Financial Advisor

Old Mutual Group Schemes

This position is identified as a FAIS position and falls within the ambit contemplated by FAIS related to Category B. It entailed compliance with all FAIS requirements, including the Fit and Proper requirements of Honesty and Integrity (e.g. be clear of any offence relating to fraud, dishonesty and/or any professional misconduct) as well as competence and relevant qualifications. It also entailed giving advice in line with the customer value proposition & compliance framework. Furthermore, I had to develop, track and review business plans to meet individual performance targets; work in specific allocated markets, and work with a specific range of products.

Dec 2003Apr 2004

Senior Admin Clerk

Department of Justice & Constitutional Development

I was tasked with leading a team to capture data at magistrates courts in the Durban and KZN midlands area. This was in preparation for the Department's migration to a computerised system from a manual system. I was contracted to carry out this work in 5 months and concluded it in 4 months.



BComm , did not complete

University of Fort Hare

Some of academic my interests include organisational behaviour. In this regard, I am particularly passionate about working with non-governmental organisations gaining a better understanding of themselves in respect of their work and their beneficiaries. This entails working with acquiring synergy in the various nodes of the organisation.

I am also passionate about the use of management or leadership styles as these have a direct consequence on the culture of the organisation.

Due to changing career interests and circumstances, I did not complete this qualification.


Feb 2015

Level 3 First Aid

St John Ambulance
Jul 2013

Train The Trainer

Talent Management Solutions (PTY) LTD


Thuli Ngubane, Office Manager -

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Melissa Nefdt, M Nefdt Training and Communication Services

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Renee Hector-Kannemeyer, University of Stellenbosch 

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