PEARL PILLAY

Sunday Times - - Motoring -

Age: 26

WHO I AM

An ac­tivist and a fierce fem­i­nist who be­lieves that marginalised voices can and should be at the fore­front of our de­vel­op­ment as a so­ci­ety.

WHAT I DO

I am a di­rec­tor at Youth Lab, a youth-led pol­icy think tank which aims to main­stream youth par­tic­i­pa­tion in pol­icy-mak­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment through re­search, ca­pac­ity build­ing and di­a­logue.

JOUR­NEY SO FAR

I was born in Durban, and went to De­pot Road Me­mo­rial Pri­mary School and South­lands Sec­ondary School. Af­ter Ma­tric, I moved to Jo­han­nes­burg to study a BA in In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Po­lit­i­cal Stud­ies at the Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand. I now have a Masters in Po­lit­i­cal Stud­ies.

FU­TURE PLANS

The next stop is a PhD (af­ter I win the lotto) in Po­lit­i­cal Stud­ies. Work-wise, I’m work­ing hard to help build Youth Lab into a fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able or­gan­i­sa­tion and want to even­tu­ally be able to work on a global scale to ad­vance hu­man rights.

WHAT DRIVES ME

The be­lief that peo­ple mat­ter far more than prof­its do. Cap­i­tal­ism has robbed the world of a shared sense of hu­man­ity and the idea that we don’t need to con­sume vast amounts of wealth in or­der to be happy.

WHAT I DRIVE

I drive a strik­ing yel­low Kia Pi­canto. It was the first car I pur­chased fresh from a deal­er­ship, af­ter do­nat­ing my VW Polo to the car thieves of Joburg.

ON MY AU­DIO SYS­TEM

I en­joy a bit of ev­ery­thing so you shouldn’t be sur­prised if you go from al­ter­na­tive rock to 90’s pop to French in­die, to rap and hip hop in one sit­ting. I am a proud mem­ber of the BeyHive so you will AL­WAYS hear Bey­oncé in my car, but I’m also an old per­son trapped in a young body, so there is a lot of mu­sic from the 60’s-80’s in my car (the Bea­tles, Queen and Led Zep­pelin never leave me). Cur­rently, I’m a bit ob­sessed with the In­va­sion of Pri­vacy (Cardi B) al­bum right now so ex­pect to see me rap­ping along loudly in traf­fic (yes, I sing along to ev­ery­thing — badly, but at very high vol­umes).

SA ROADS WOULD BE BET­TER IF

BMW driv­ers learned how to use in­di­ca­tors.

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