Education is the mother of leadership

Name: Nolwazi Ntshingila

Province: KwaZulu Natal

Facebook: Nolwazi Renee Ntshingila

Twitter handle: @sisanda1710

Instagram: N/A

Write a short blurb (summary) about yourself. In no more than three sentences.

A confident, highly driven and humble young woman with over 8 years’ administration experience in the motor industry. A previous MISA (Motor Industry Staff Association) Woman of the Year and recently elected MISA Young Workers Forum National Vice Chairperson.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

Malusi Mazibuko saw potential in me. He gave me all the relevant information to go through to see if I’d be keen. What I read fascinated me and I decided to give it a try, not realising my life would be transformed.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

Meeting new people, not just new- people but young people that shared the same passion and with the same vision as me. I have made many networks and a whole lot of new friends in the last 5 years through ACTIVATE! Change Drivers.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

Training has allowed me to be more innovative when addressing issues of development, which allows for more effective and practical solutions. It also made me realise what we can do as a collective instead of being in your own little corner doing your own thing.

Have you been inspired and been the inspiration in your community and those you interact with?

A lot of Activators inspire me in their different spaces, that’s why I always collaborate with Activators in most of the work that I do. I do believe I am an inspiration both in my community and work space, and nothing makes me happy than realising I had made an impact on someone without even realising it.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

Youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also the partners of today. The qualities of tomorrow’s leaders lie in the characters of today’s followers.Youth are a crucial segment of a nation’s development and that is why their contribution is highly needed.

What is your field of interest?

Education is the mother of leadership, and that is my first love. My other passions are youth and women empowerment.

How are you driving change in your community/how would you like to drive change in your community?

Through my organisation, I host a Loxion High Tea for women and young girls in my community as a platform for them to network and share ideas with other women.  I’ve also recently started a reading club for little children as my contribution in decreasing the alarming literacy statistics in our country.

In July 2018, I hosted the 1st Annual Youth Leadership Talk in Durban in collaboration with other Activators. The one-day DYLT event is a replication of the Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk (TYLT), an existing, tried and tested model by Agape Youth Movement (led by Activator Thabang Ramoroka) that has been successfully executed over the past three years This dialogue focuses on discussing socio-economic challenges in South Africa. Topics for the dialogue will involve education, entrepreneurship, youth development and others.

I am also the MISA (Motor Industry Staff Association) Young Workers Forum KZN Principal and our aim is to support the involvement of young people in their workplace and community, thus helping to empower them by reaching out, responding to their expectations and ideas while fostering useful and long lasting skills by way of education and training. We believe that education is the first most important step to success in setting the basis of an individual’s future.  MISA firmly believes that the power of young workers are in their ability and willingness to learn.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I’ve been an Activator since 2013 and collaborating with other Activators has been doing wonders for me.

What are your plans for this year?

Get the reading club off the ground and finishing my studies.

Is social media an effective way by which you can receive communication from us?

I prefer emails, but social media is also good.

Additional information you would like us to know?

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