23rd May2016

One Insta-Shot Away from Greatness: Greg Alexander

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Greg AlexanderGreg Alexander is a 21 year old Philosophy honours student who, in his spare time, takes amazing photos which are then shared with his fellow Instagrammers. He has amassed a sizeable following on Instagram, with people wanting to see the photos he is captured. In this interview, he and I discuss, among other topics, his passion for photography and the value of Insta-meets.

Sandiswa Sondzaba (SS):

When did you start your photography? What brought about your interest in it?

Greg Alexander (GA):

I started mainly on my phone at the beginning of 2014. Towards the end of 2014, I got my first camera. Since then, I’ve been enjoying photography and developing as a photographer.

SS:

You’re currently doing your Honours in Philosophy. How do your studies help to inspire you, in terms of the craft?

GA:

I think that there is an element of creativity in Philosophy. Obviously, photography has a creative side to it. They link well together, in terms of creativity. But, I enjoy photography as a hobby and as a way to explore and meet new people. Photography has a lot of elements to it that I really enjoy though.

SS:

You tend to participate in quite a few Insta-meets. What do you find, is the value in participating in those Insta-meets?

GA:

Initially, the value of it was to explore parts of Jo’burg. I never really had the opportunity to wander around the city. The Insta-meets gave me the opportunity to explore the parts of the city I wanted to see. Through that, I went to parts of the city I never would have thought of going to. I also got to meet people I would not have normally crossed paths with.

SS:

You have quite a large Instagram following. How do you keep your followers interested?

GA:

The main thing to do is to not even think of doing it so that you can get followers. You should just do it because you enjoy it. You must just keep it up and keep trying to be creative and trying out new things. Mainly, do it for yourself. If you do it for yourself, then you get maximum enjoyment from what you do and usually followers come along from that.

SS:

Do you see this as being a career? Or is it more of a hobby?

GA:

It’s more of a hobby now. Possibly afterwards, it could become something I could earn money from and potentially pursue as a career path. For now, it’s just a hobby and it is just a nice way to express my creativity.

SS:

What are your favourite sorts of subjects?

GA:

I’d say cityscapes. And street photography; capturing people in the moment, capturing them as they go about their daily lives. What I like about cities, when compared to landscape photography, is that there is symmetry. There are straight lines.  Those are nice ways to line up shots. I also like capturing people in their busy day-to-day lives.

SS:

You’ve worked quite a bit in inner-city Johannesburg, through the Insta-meets. How did you negotiate your privilege when capturing people, as they go about their day-to-day lives?

GA:

What I find is that, this is a good question, you feel uncomfortable capturing people because you feel like you’re being disrespectful and that you’re intruding on their lives. The big thing is to actually get permission before capturing people. You shouldn’t just walk around and randomly take photos of people. You should always try to talk to them and find out their stories. Give people the opportunity to portray their own lives as they’d want them to be portrayed. The big thing is that, people loved to be photographed. That makes things a lot easier. As soon as they see you with a camera, they want you to take a photo of them.

SS:

Besides Johannesburg, which other cityscape would you love to capture?

GA:

I would love to capture cities in America. New York, Boston, Chicago. I follow many well-followed Instagrammers from those cities. The photos they create are incredible. I’d love to have the opportunity to produce the same thing.

SS:

You went to Berlin, I mean Munich, recently. How did being there inspire you, in terms of your photography?

GA:

It gave me a very different take on photography. What I enjoyed about being there was that I did a lot of night photography. We don’t really get to do that here because, obviously, it is not as safe to walk around at night. I had the same attitude. I went out to capture people in their environment. Obviously, you’re always going to have shots of people you haven’t spoken to. You won’t be able to speak to everyone and get their permission before taking shots of them. I did manage to speak to one or two people I captured. They were friendly enough but obviously, it was not easy because of the language barriers. But people were interested in knowing what I was doing and whether I was a tourist or not. It was a nice to take different kinds of photos. I mean, obviously, everyone working with cityscapes takes different photos when capturing different cityscapes. So it was different, and quite a nice contrast, doing that photography.

SS:

Can you think of any photo of yours you love and why do you love that photo?

GA:

One of my favourite photos I have ever taken was last year in Newton. I was at an Insta-meet there. This was when the Insta-meets were very small and had very few participants. I was wandering down the one street on Mary Fitzgerald Square and I wasn’t feeling very inspired; thus, I hadn’t taken many photos that day. I was just walking with my camera and these two taxi drivers drove past and asked me to take a photo of them. I thought that was a very nice gesture. I managed to take, what I consider, to be a great photo of them. It was something unexpected and it was a nice gesture from them to want to take a photo of them. It just became one of my favourite photos.

09th May2016

Now You See Me!

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HairThe new trend, around Braamfontein, and Wits, is colour… on your braids.

FORGET weaves, hair-straighteners, hair-relaxer and bonding. When livening up your look, there is no need for make-up, some colourful braids will do. They are appealing and have youthful vibrancy to them that draws attention.

The “up-side” to these braids include that, for one, they are a step up from black braids. Two, they really do make you stand head-and-shoulders above the rest. Three, they are an accessory on their own, so you do not really need to worry about accessorising. Four, they allow you to feel and look edgy and fashion forward. Finally, they are current man, celebrities are rocking them e-v-e-r-y-where.

The “down-side” to colourful braids is that, while these braids are very beautiful, they are not suited for anyone living on a “student budget”, i.e. anybody experiencing monetary problems. Styling these braids costs anything in the region of R350- R400. This cost excludes the synthetic hair fibre, which one needs to buy separately, and that costs about R10-R30, all depending on the brand selected.

That being said, this trend is very much “hot-on-the-heels” and is something uniquely youth-focused. It cannot be copied by younger schoolkids or older women which, I suppose, is another plus to following this trend. If you want to stand out from head to toe, then head on down to your local salon and braid your hair, with colour and style.

02nd May2016

Journey into the Unknown

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I remember packing my bags with great anticipation for what the future I was heading to held. It was a dream come true for me to be crowned with the glory of studying at University of The Witwatersrand. My arrival in the city of gold was not as golden and glorious as it had seemed in my dreams and thoughts. The pain that pierced half of my heart was knowing just how helpless I was because my mother was not around anymore. She was four hours away from me and I did not want her to know how the life of this city is not as fine as I had always imagined. My goal is just to get a degree and to make everyone around me proud.

The City Gold has all the lights that could penetrate even into an island that is in the middle of nowhere. Looking from a balcony at night, you can see how the lights make this place look so alive but inside there is a lot of darkness. Perhaps darker than the pits of hell. One arrives in this city and one starts to realise that the streets of this city are not entirely paved with gold. Love is rare to be found in the hearts of everyone who has been condemned by the rough living of this place. It is in this city that One gets to understand the real meaning of  the “survival of the fittest”.

There are people who call this city home and I wonder if their lives are just normal like our lives back in the villages. It breaks my heart to open the fridge and find nothing in it knowing that it is almost impossible to get a degree with an empty stomach. Friends are few and far between and my family thinks life in this city is heaven. It is not the same as back at home- you could get out of your house and take a walk with a stranger without fear of getting mugged.

Streets are filled with smoke from the braai stands of young men trying to make a living out of braaing chicken gizzards. Blind women and men- oh what is wrong with this place- sit on bridges singing for money, whilst the sun hits the centre of their heads so hard or are they not getting government grants?

Opportunistic men have filled the streets and always have something to say to young women like “Come, I give you house, I give you nice nice.” Murder is a norm and people do not get traumatized when they hear a gunshot because gunshots that take away the lives of the innocent and guilty have become part of their everyday life. People wouldn’t care if someone beat you up and took your phone; they merely take a glance and move on because they too fear for their lives.

Young girls are always roaming the streets with their waists and thighs on display for everyone to see. Dirty young lost bodies that have been emptied of life are never rare to find, they are always sitting on pavements injecting substances into their veins. You go out to buy bread at night and witness young women selling their bodies and people sleeping on the floors of the streets in lieu of beds.

Life in this Johannesburg is almost predictable. You know where to go if you want to get mugged. You know where to go if you want to see someone getting stabbed and you definitely know that when the paper in your pocket has been torn and left you broke you will find mercy in no one’s heart to share a plate with you.

Coming into this City was a journey into the Unknown but now I know that life in this city makes one stronger.

26th Oct2015

Oh, When the Witsies Go Marching In!

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Chuene Raphunga gives us some insight into the day that the #FeesMustFall movement began, why and what can be done moving forward from this.

The Wits march that took place on the 14th of October resulted in no academic activity and the consequent cancellation of all lectures. The aim of this march was to reject the increment of fees for the 2016 Academic year. The proposed increment of the overall fees was 10.5% with an upfront payment increase of 6%. Residential fees were also said to increase by 9.4%, while the international students would have to pay an increase in fees of up to 10.7%.

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These proposed fee increments subsequently lead to a march whereby students protested to the university Senate House Concourse, but the question still remained: was their plea being taken into consideration? While the leaders were busy addressing the students, conflicts among various leaders of varied political organisation emerged. Leaders from different student’s representatives addressed the matter, but in ways that contradicted the entire mandate of the march.

It could be argued that the march was not properly planned amongst the leaders representing the students. These leaders did not meet in time to negotiate how they would share platforms in addressing students. One of the speakers included the former expelled SRC president, Mcebo Dlamini, who, in his statement, declared that: “Habib must go!” Surprisingly, the current acting SRC President, Shaera Kalla, could not address the students. This in itself poses other questions that one needs to consider, such as: who are our representatives? And, how are we being represented?

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Increasing the fees at the expense of the poor is a crime against humanity. Students are vital to the university and without ‘us’ there is no Wits. It’s time to work hand-in-glove since we are all dependent on each other as staff and students. Management itself is pocketing millions each year. At times it might not mean increasing the fees, but rather levelling the playing field. That is: reducing the extent to which management receives their incomes at the expense of the disadvantaged. Such recurrences pertaining to fee increases could potentially lead to exclusion of certain students as well as denial by the National Financial Aid Scheme to fund needy students in the coming academic year; something that students together with management and our representatives must at all costs avoid.

26th Oct2015

Wits at a Standstill!

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Sandiswe Sondszaba writes an enlightening opinion piece about her experience of the #FeesMustFall movement and what she learnt from Wits being at a standstill as a direct result of protestors.

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I first heard of the planned protest against the proposed 10.5% increase in tuition on Monday, October 12th. At the time, I thought that the protest would be a minor event involving hundreds of students and that management would not consider students’ grievances… But, boy was I wrong! I realized that this protest turned out to be something bigger than I had anticipated when I bore witness to Empire Road at a standstill. Being forced to walk to the Jubilee entrance at Wits, I realized that the main entrances to Wits were being blocked as a means of preventing people from entering the campus.

Some of my friends expressed irritation at the tactics used by the protestors as they felt that it infringed upon their right to education. However, one of my more enlightened friends explained that their being inconvenienced was a means of demonstrating that several students would be prevented from getting an education as a result of their being unable to pay for their tuition. Some people began to understand the magnitude of what was being expressed by the protestors. Others, on the other hand, were still confusing being inconvenienced with having their rights violated.

Protestors were determined to bring Wits to a standstill and I believe that they succeeded in doing so. Alarm bells were sounding at 08:45am as lectures were being interrupted as a means of mobilizing more students to join the protests. At 10:15am, my lecture ended abruptly as protestors came in and appealed to our conscience. The majority of my classmates joined the protest as it dawned on us that socio-historical factors play a disproportionately large role in determining who would succeed and who would remain impoverished. It became apparent to us that Wits was on lockdown. Entrances were being opened at various intervals. This meant that our movement in and out of campus was determined by protestors. It really demonstrated how one’s education can be stopped by factors beyond one’s control. If one was unable to get funding for one’s education, one would have to drop out and become another droplet in the sea of unemployed youth in our country. One would then become another number; another anonymous person who “good” (middle-class, employed, educated, tax-paying) citizens would complain about when discussing our country’s socio-economic problems.

My friends and I walked around as we observed the protests progress and gradually gain momentum. We spoke to people who were sitting on the road, blocking vehicles from leaving the campus. Although I was tired, I was proud of my colleagues. They found a way of illustrating how this institution does not operate in a vacuum. Our universities serve as a microcosm of South Africa; this means that the inequalities that exist in our society will manifest themselves, to a larger or smaller extent, within our campuses. The protest gave me and my friends the courage to speak of the systems of privilege that we bear witness to on a daily basis. We began to discuss how people within our social circles live in the bubbles of privilege that prevent them from fully understanding where others are coming from. These bubbles of privilege have often stifled our ability to empathize with those who are struggling to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Within my social circle, none of us went to bad schools; we are the products of private schooling and Model C education. This education has informed our worldviews but it has given us the opportunity to observe how privilege often blinds those who possess to others’ suffering. Wits being at a standstill got me to be “woke”. I have a slightly more nuanced understanding of our systems of privilege reproduce themselves as a result of people being, willingly and unwillingly, blind to their existence. I began to understand how the outcome of the protests affected not only my peers, but those within my inner circle – including myself. On Wednesday, October 15th, I may have been inconvenienced by the actions of the protestors, but that inconvenience coincided with the shattering of my blindness to systems of privilege. I stand in support of my peers who are fighting to ensure that the gates to this institution are not closed to those who, despite their financial standing, are deserving of studying at this institution. I have become a proud Witsie who has learnt that the students make the institution.

26th Oct2015

A One-Sided Story: My Thoughts on the #FeesMustFall Movement

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Nokuthula Mkwanazi writes an interesting piece on the students’ perspective of the #FeesMustFall movement, whilst still considering other viewpoints in this complex and multifaceted debate.

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Every story has two sides. In light of the #FeesMustFall movement, I, as a student, will be shedding light on the student’s side of the story.

As the protests began on campus last week, not only did I join the movement, but I also asked many students for their motivations behind joining the protest too. Many said that if they had the money, this fee increase would not be an issue because they understand why the fees are increased yearly. But therein lies the problem: the majority of the students are crippled financially. Most parents are still fighting to get their children out of poverty, a long 21 years after Apartheid’s demise. However, the repercussions of Apartheid followed them through into the new democracy. Bantu Education meant that most of the parents of today’s students were limited in their choice of tertiary education; this in-turn influenced the jobs available to them and subsequently dictated the lives that they could live and the support that they could provide their children with.

Many parents worked to their bones just to get their children through primary and secondary education on minimum wage salaries, lower-income jobs and government grants. This sacrifice seems to pay off when they can send their children to universities like Wits. However, financial exclusion threatens the dreams of these parents. Many parents fall into debt giving their children good quality education because they want them to fight their way out of a vicious cycle of poverty. For them it’s about wanting better for their children, even if they cannot provide it, and debt is the consequence of bursary and scholarship denials.

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However, from the perspective of economists and the financial brains of the country, the fee increase can be justified. And, it makes sense that in order to get the best quality teachers, equipment, international academic journals and so on, one has to spend money. The weakened rand consequently spells disaster for the majority of financially strained students as this results in financial exlcusion. So, how then do we stop the cycle of poverty because students who come from financially incapacitated backgrounds know that their only way out is through education? And as much as we would like a fair scholarship and bursary system, it never really is fair; bursaries and scholarships are extremely selective and often favour the already privileged. In addition, national funding is experiencing a huge shortage of funding from the government as well as from internal and external corruption.

It is such a complex issue, it isn’t just black or white; everybody from every class, sector and race is affected by this issue. Everything can be justified from all perspectives, it’s just about finding a happy medium. This happy medium could mean more involvement from the private sector, in terms of sponsoring and donations; it could mean a stricter selection process in that of candidates for scholarships and bursaries… But, what is certain is that there will be a decision reached on the fees must fall campaign. Somebody is going to have to sacrifice something so we can reach that goal of ultimately eradicating all poverty through better education and subsequent employment opportunities too.

12th Oct2015

What Do Our Qualifications Signify?

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Bongi Sesane writes an inspirational piece that gets us thinking about the value that our degrees hold and how we can use them for the greater good of society.

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When indivudals finally receive their degrees and hold that valuable piece of paper in their hands; they equally possess a lot of different aspirations for their lives and themsleves. For me, acquiring a degree is a dedication to myself, my family and my community, state and nation. I view it as a service because it is significant that it serves everyone, everywhere. So, for me, finding work will not be about earning a salary and driving the best car, but rather helping my community so as to lessen the burden. How selfish of me it would be to allow my country to suffer while I live a luxurious and carefree life. This does not mean that I want to starve and give away my money, but rather aid my people and share in on their burden. I believe that we are responsible for everything that happens in our daily lives; so the least we can do is contribute to the better good of our communities by working towards a degree that will allow us to find jobs in order to do so.

It is important to do things that have value. Our studies cost us a lot of time, hard work, sweat and tears; but we are able to persevere and acheieve great results. Therefore, it is important to remember our struggles and accomplishments so that we can bring change to every corner of this world.

It is also important to remember that even though you may not realize this; you are a role model to someone else and whatever decision you make will utimately influence their lives. So, go out there and make a positive difference; life is not only about being a billionaire and driving a fancy car, but rather about being accountable for your actions and living an honest and inspiring life. Tomorrow begins today; I urge someone to start thinking about the significance of their degrees and how they can use it to help someone else. Remember that many other individuals could have been where you are today, but you are the one who is here; so don’t waste time and money – think about what you will do once you graudate and get a successful job. We all have different choices; but our choices affect and make a difference to everyone.

12th Oct2015

Wits Workers Strike

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Nokuthula Mkwanazi gives voice to the workers of Wits in her piece that details the recent strike that took place at Wits.

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On Tuesday, October 5th, Wits students stood in solidarity with Wits workers and participated in a protest march. The march started in front of Wits’ Great Hall and ended at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

The strike posed as a protest against Wits outsourcing labour, by means of labour brokers, who’s employment contracts leave room for worker exploitation. This exploitation is evident in that the cleaners who work for Wits University are only paid R2000 per month, with no medical aid benefits. One of the cleaning staff who was interviewed (and requested to remain anonymous), spoke of how they are exposed to harmful chemicals daily, yet do not have medical aid. They further stated that if they fall ill, they caanot afford to miss work as they are not paid for sick-days. The staff member went on to say that it is a near impossible task to care for themselves as well as their family on a salary less than that of a mineworker.

An interview conducted with one of the strike leaders, Ontiretse Phethlo, additionally revealed the discrimination that workers are exposed to. He declared that workers such as the cleaners and gardeners alike, are prohibited from sitting on the benches and using the toilets that they clean. Upon hearing this news, one can see why the workers have had enough of their inhumane conditions of employment and management who refuse to hear out their grievances.

31st Aug2015

2015/16 SRC Spring Elections: Why Fight?

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Chuene Raphunga gives his take on the upcoming SRC elections that are taking place at Wits on September 1st and 2nd, following the debacle that occurred between members of varied political parties in the Great Hall earlier this month.

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The general elections will be taking place at Wits on the 1st and 2nd of September, but the question remains: Do our student leaders understand the contours of democracy and leadership? We all have equal rights, but must our rights be employed in a way that they infringe on the rights of others? I ask this questions in response to what occurred at the debate for the 2015/16 SRC elections where members of varied organisations contesting for elections engaged in immoral actions; thus abandoning the debate which is not only vital for their respective organisations, but also for the students at large.

This was indeed not a time to be throwing words and arms at each other, but rather a time that should’ve been spent finding decisive ways that accommodates all our views as students; since, it is through this debate that others views and interests are expressed. It will be verily worthy to note that taking office always entails certain pros and cons as apparent with the academic exclusion we encountered earlier this year. Some challenges are far beyond a single organisation and thus demands our collaborative efforts as students and varied organisations. If politicians can’t even arrive at a coherent consensus towards certain challenges which are paramount, then what is the purpose of voting?

As voters, we need to be more vigilant towards those that we elect; for it happens occasionally that we tend to elect those who later neglect our views. Let us not waste our energies in an attempt to elect along the lines of failure, but rather for a better institution that all of us will proudly support and equally earn pride from. Fighting will never resolve the issues at hand, and fighting actually escalates the problems and challenges that are currently of concern.

So, as we go into the polling station on the 1st and 2nd of September, let’s do away with favouritism and vote for the change that we all seek to see and live within. A free and fair election is all we need now, no fussing and definitely no fighting.

In order to view the video on the debate and the debacle, please follow the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqncITN1Qug

20th Apr2015

The Divine Plan

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Ntombifuthi Mpila writes about a personal experience of how life doesn’t always go according to plan, and why this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

 

I’ve always heard people say that life doesn’t usually go according to plan. And, Christians believe that people can do all the preparation in the world, but that God ultimately has a premeditated plan for each and every single one of our lives. I came to realize this the hard way.

I’ve always been a smart kid…well; at least I think so…and I’ve always believed that I would someday become a very influential and important person. I never really had a specific career path in mind, until I watched a show hosted by radio and TV personality, Penny Lebyane, in 2010, called: Women in Science on SABC 2. This show was essentially based on women who work in male-dominated scientific fields that are considered ‘difficult’. Examples of these fields include: Biomedical Engineering, Mathematical Modelling and Actuarial Science, among many others.

After watching this show, one particular career that drew my attention was Actuarial Science. Although, I have to admit that part of my attraction came from the actual term itself. It just sounded so cool and intelligent when I said “Actuarial Science” out loud, you know? I was only 15-years-old, so please, forgive my naivety.

After getting over how cool “Actuarial Science” sounded, I actually sat down and listened to an actuary explaining the profession and was completely won over – I thought to myself: “That’s it, I am going to become an actuary.” Indeed, those were some good memories and aspirations to have, especially at a time when I could dream of being anything I wanted to be. Everybody else I knew was going crazy over a Chartered Accountant’s R40 000 starting salary (http://www.payscale.com/research/ZA/Job=Chartered_Accountant/Salary); but even then, I was determined to become an Actuarial Scientist.

Essentially, actuaries are financial experts who use their analytical, statistical and mathematical abilities to solve financially related business problems. One of their main focus areas is risk management, which refers to strategies that are used to mitigate risk in fields such as insurance and investment.

Even though I did not understand some of the concepts discussed on Women in Science, I loved this career field because it was unique and unlike anything that I had ever heard before. In addition, the actuary interviewed on the show mentioned that there were very few qualified actuaries at that point, especially black females. As a result, my motivation to become an actuary became a combination of working in a career that would allow me to exercise my analytical and mathematical skills; in addition to wanting to prove a point: that Black girls, like myself, could do it too! I also heard that actuaries earn relatively satisfying salaries, and let’s be honest, no one would say no to some extra zeroes in their bank accounts!

At that point, I realized that I had to work hard in school, and predominantly on my Maths. After doing some research, I discovered that an Actuarial degree required an 80%+ pass rate. That didn’t pose a problem to me, as I was achieving As for Maths in Grade 9. I thought that this would continue straight throughout my schooling career, but boy was I wrong…

UntitledWhen I reached Grade 10 in 2011, EVERYTHING changed. I had new subjects to get used to and so much work to do! Worst of all, Maths turned against me. Seriously. I went from being one of the best Maths learners in my class, to being one of the worst. Just like that. In one term, I got a dismal 40% – and that was the minimum pass rate. I began to understand what my fellow classmates meant when they said “iMaths ayinamngani,” which is a Zulu term that essentially means Maths has no friends – signifying it’s toughness.

I started to hate Maths. Even practising it became torture. But, worst of all, I had the most impatient teacher who gave special attention to the Maths geniuses of the class and neglected the rest of us in the process (no hard feelings sir, everything happens for a reason). With marks like these, it was obvious that I was definitely NOT going to become an actuary anymore! 2012 arrived and I started Grade 11; my Maths marks improved, but I settled between the 50-69% range. I no longer loved Maths, but I was striving to do my best that year.

I passed Grade 11 and progressed to Matric in 2013. I still had a passion for risk management, so I started doing some research to find out whether there were similar courses to Actuarial Science, which were much less mathematically demanding. I found that Wits offered a Bcom double-major degree as well as a Bcom Insurance & Risk Management degree. These degrees only required 60% for Maths and I felt that I could achieve this from the huge efforts I was putting into Maths that year. So, you can only imagine the heartbreak I felt when my Matric Maths marks came out and I saw that I only received 59% for Maths. Seriously, 59%? So close, yet so far…

I was unaware that Wits did not offer extended degree programmes, so I still had hope that I would somehow get accepted into a Bcom. Unfortunately, I only got offered a space in BA. This was my third option, and actually my last resort. Initially, I really didn’t want to study a BA and considered switching to a B.Ed. degree so that I could save my mom’s money; because I viewed a BA as just another useless degree. Things even got so bad that I decided to consult with a psychologist.

However, fast-forward to today and I’ve never been happier in my life! I’m studying toward a degree that allows me to express myself in writing (which is one of my passions) and helps me view society and the world around me in a new way. Honestly, I feel like God helped me dodge a major bullet by not allowing me into a Bcom degree. I would’ve been miserable because I’d have to go through the torture of solving complex mathematical equations all over again…no thank you! I wouldn’t be able to use my creativity and passion for language in a Bcom degree.

I’m very excited about the future and plan to establish myself as a force to be reckoned with in the Translation & Interpretation field. I can safely say that my life-plan didn’t work out, and I’m so glad it didn’t. My life is so much more fulfilling and fun this way!

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