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South Africa Event, Cape Town, 27 February 2014

On February 27th 2014 we held our first Dare to Dream event in Cape Town, South Africa. 220 girls from disadvantaged communities attended the event, which was hosted by Claremont High School.

We couldn’t have wished for a better partner to host the event than Claremont High School. Claremont High is a maths and science school that provides access to focused teaching of science and maths to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The school counts 400 pupils aged 13 – 18. Many of them come from some of the poorest communities in and around Cape Town.

Below you can meet the people behind this event: our hosts and the amazing speakers.

Murray Gibbon

What Dare To Dream is trying to achieve dovetails perfectly with our aims as a school – to see girls grow and develop and fulfil their potential. To have Dare To Dream take care of all the logistics and the planning of such an event is a real gift to us. The girls at our School were so inspired!” – Murray Gibbon, Principal, Claremont High School

Mandy

“Girls need to see leadership modelled and must be able to connect  and interact with inspiring and successful women. It’s no use saying to a girl that she can, we must show her that she can.” – Mandy Moyce, Deputy Principal, Claremont High School

 

MEET OUR SPEAKERS

TRINITY-LEKWETSE-NCALA

TRINITY LEKWETSE NCALA
Founder & Managing Director, T&T Appointments
Trinity is founder and Managing Director of T&T Appointments – a recruitment, human capital and training company. She is also entrepreneur, author, wife and mother of two. Trinity has won many awards, including Businesswoman of Year, Young Business Achiever Award and the Top Young Woman Entrepreneur Award.

5 MINUTES / 5 QUESTIONS
1. What is your definition of success? 
Doing what you enjoy to the best of your ability – be it as entrepreneur or employee or netball player. But doing your best.

2. As a young girl, who were your role models and why? 
I had different role models for different areas of my life. My Mom and Grandmother were important role models to me. My Mom was a teacher. I remember how she would buy clothes on sale and go sell them to make extra money and how she would take on extra work like research work to ensure our comfort.

3. What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
When I was recognised as Young Business Achiever and Business Woman of the Year and also being recognised by Top women in Business and Government as Top Young women Entrepreneur.

4. What advice would you give your 18-year old self if you met her today?
Impossible is just an opinion.

5. What do you think the world needs more of? 
It needs more love, more hardworking people and more protection of humankind.

Khanyi

KHANYI CHABA 
Head of Sustainability, Old Mutual Group
Khanyi Chaba is currently the Head of Sustainability at Old Mutual Emerging Markets. Her passion for community upliftment started in the early days of her career in the construction industry. She served as a Chairperson of South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) and as a Board member of Construction Industry Development Board.Khanyi has been fostering and mentoring children from difficult backgrounds and providing support for their educational needs.

5 MINUTES / 5 QUESTIONS
1. What is your definition of success?
Ability to give your best in everything that you do without losing the sense of who you are.

 2. As a young girl, who were your role models and why? 
My mother. I had watched her raise many kids single handedly, without education or formal job. Her zest for life and positive spirit inspired many of us to be where we are today.

 3. What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
Achieving my tertiary qualification in Architecture through self funding.

4. What advice would you give your 18-year old self if you met her today?
You owe it upon yourself to be the best that you can be. Nobody owes you anything.

5. What do you think the world needs more of? 
Humility, empathy, compassion and love. Everything else will fall in place.

Zama

Dr ZAMA KATAMZI 
Space -Physics Researcher
Zama Katamzi is a space – physicist working in newly established South African National Space Agency in Hermanus.Katamzi was 15 when she watched an episode of Star Trek and fell in love with outer space. Astronomy is a male-dominated field, but Katamzi seized the challenge. Today she’s a role model for a new generation of female scientists.Her area of research is ionospheric physics, which, in ¬general terms, can be used for radio wave propagation for different applications such as navigation with GPS.

5 MINUTES / 5 QUESTIONS
1. What is your definition of success?
Achieving your goals in spite of all the adversities you have to overcome.

2. As a young girl, who were your role models and why?
My mother and women who are successful in male dominated fields.

3. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Obtaining my PhD under 30 years because getting a PhD was dream of mine since I was in high school. Getting my first academic paper published because I was contributing to the advancement of the world’s knowledge of space.

4. What advice would you give your 18-year old self if you met her today?
Persevere; the goal is well worth it!

5. What do you think the world needs more of?
Generous people who are willing to share what they have (e.g. time, knowledge, experience or wealth) with those in need. Courageous people who are willing to work hard to achieve a decent or better life, and uplift their community.

ASNATH

ASNATH MAHAPA
First Black Female Commercial Airline Pilot
Asnath Mahapa is a pilot by profession. She was the first African woman in South Africa to become a Commercial pilot. Today, Asnath flies Airbus 319 and 320 for South African Airways (SAA).

5 MINUTES / 5 QUESTIONS
1. What is your definition of success?
Success for me is doing what you love for a living, that satisfaction is beyond words can explain.

2. As a young girl, who were your role models and why?
I did not have any role models, my mom told me at a very young age not to have one, she taught me to be the best I can be in everything I do.

3. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Becoming the first African Female in South Africa to hold a commercial pilot license and Airline transport Pilot license and becoming the first African Female to have my own Flight School.

4. What advice would you give your 18-year old self if you met her today?
I would tell her to have more confidence because she is intelligent and capable of achieving great things.

5. What do you think the world needs more of?
I feel the world needs more people who are successful in their lives to give a helping hand to those who are underprivileged. That to me will bring about the changes we need.

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