THATO TEMA (19)
WHAT SHE LEARNT
The teen from Diepsloot says her time at the academy taught her to never doubt herself in relation to men.
“To me, sex and gender are not determinants of intellect, confidence or any other valuable quality. The nation’s primary goal should be to get women to see themselves as capable human beings, not as inferior to men.”
Thato grew up in an RDP house with her mom, two aunts, two younger sisters and four cousins. One of Thato’s primary school teachers recognised her potential and got her forms to apply to the academy. “The entrance tests were the most difficult exams I had ever written . . . I had no faith at the time that I would make it,” she recalls.
Thato has enrolled for a degree in health sciences at Wits University.
Giving back to her community is part of her plans. “I want to get children who live in the townships off the streets. This will be my first step towards building township communities.”