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Hans Thomann has been the managing Director of Musikhaus Thomann since 1990. The company was founded by his father Hans Thomann, senior, in 1954. Hans Thomann is originally a precision instrument engineer and a wind instrument maker by training. Even though the world has changed so much since the foundation of the company, their motto is and will remain: Our customers determine our decisions. For the Thomann family, music has always been a passion and a central pursuit in their lives. Even with 1,500 employees and more than 15,700,000 customers, Musikhaus Thomann is still an independent family-owned company. The shared passion for music is what connects them, and it characterizes the way they do things. Getting their customers the best products for the best price is one of their key strengths, and service is no less important. They want you to get the most for your money, and therefore they have devised their own credo: Added Value. For instance, they have been offering a general 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee since 1995 – long before the EU came up with the directive on mail order purchases. On top of that, in 2005 Musikhaus Thomann decided to offer an extended warranty period of three years – out of their own pocket! Happy customers make them happy in turn, and they appreciate the family atmosphere that prevails in their shop. Musikhaus Thomann has never been into outsourcing – they like having everyone close at hand, and this is why they quickly took the decision that their future call centers would have to be – like everything else – in Treppendorf. At the moment, 250 agents are processing orders, enquiries and service issues in over 19 languages! On the strength of a growing number of installation projects, the company decided to found a separate department for sound installations and projects. Their Audio Professional department takes care of installations in theatres, town halls, museums, clubs, etc. In 2008, the time had come for the company to completely reorganise their internet infrastructure. Besides re-vamping and modernising their website, they built two new computer centres, containing 160 of their own servers, which enable them to meet the demands of more than 2 million European customers. In 2013, after three years of planning and construction, the world's largest service centre for musical instruments and equipment opened in Treppendorf. Treppendorf, located in over 5,000m2 of state-of-the-art workshops and testing facilities, and including a large spare parts warehouse, and their own amphitheatre for training sessions and workshops. The "brand eins" business journal devoted the title story of its April 2015 issue to Musikhaus Thomann. That company portrait was commissioned on the occasion of the release of "Success Factors in E-Commerce", a study of e-commerce, which named them the best online store based on customer surveys. The company achieved top rating in several individual categories, such as website design, service, and delivery.

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Andertons Music Co. is a family-run musical instrument retailer. With over 50 years of experience serving the music community in the UK and now overseas, we have become renowned for our high-quality service and stellar reputation in the industry. From our Guildford store and online musical instrument shop, we offer musicians a huge selection of guitars, amps, drums, pianos, keyboards, synthesizers, recording equipment, PA systems, music accessories and more. Here at Andertons Music Co. we take pride in offering a high level of customer service, ensuring that we provide only the best possible shopping experience for our customers. Selling gear from almost 400 brands, we have enough variety and choice of gear for anyone! Founded in 1964 by current Managing Director Lee Anderton’s Father and Grandfather, Andertons Music Co. has remained a family business for over half a century. Primarily a place where local professional musicians could go to find the gear they needed, over time Andertons Music Co. has become a globally recognised brand in the internet era. With a reach extending well beyond the British Isles, we provide equipment for musicians of all ages and disciplines! With four core departments, Guitar & Bass, Drums, Keyboards and Pro Audio, Andertons Music Co. caters for guitarists, bassists, drummers, pianists, singers, producers, beginners, pros... pretty much everyone! So make sure to take a look around our store in Guildford or online, and you'll see why we've become one of the most loved names in the industry! Our excellent level of service and strong reputation has also led to us picking up a number of prestigious awards and honours over the last few years. Andertons Music Co. became a more established name in the music retail industry thanks to the rapid growth of the internet and our website, which has helped to increase the worldwide presence of Andertons Music Co. With the local Academy of Contemporary Music (also in Guildford) gaining traction in the mid-2000's and becoming a popular destination for aspiring musicians to study rock and pop music, Andertons Music Co. have continued to support students with the gear they need - also offering a generous discount! Undergoing a large-scale re-fit in 2011, Andertons Music Co. was given a fresh new look. Expanding our premises, improvements to the store allowed us to efficiently accommodate for each of our dedicated departments – Guitar & Bass, Drums, Keyboards and Pro Audio. With dedicated practice rooms, a spacious store layout and plenty of stock on hand available to try, we pride ourselves on delivering the best possible experience for our customers. Now an established international online retailer, selling gear from almost 400 brands with over £10.49 million of gear in stock and ready to ship, we are able to deliver all over the world.

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Professional Music Technology (PMT) is an award-winning chain of musical instrument superstores, with 16 UK store locations nationwide. As the UK’s premier music retailer, we specialise in the supply of Guitars, Drums, Amps, Keyboards, Pianos, PA & Live Sound, Recording & Studio Equipment and DJ Gear. When we say ‘music shops’ we don’t mean tiny, old-fashioned, creaky, musty places - we mean mega Houses of Rock that are rammed to the rafters with the latest gear and loads of experts to help. On the 17th August 1991, entrepreneurs Simon Gilson and Terry Hope opened PMT Southend, with a desire to create a retail environment that was pure "Rock and Roll", at the same time making it open and inviting to all. This was quickly followed by the first PMT Romford store in August 1994, which moved to a bigger location to contain over 8,000 square foot of goodness in August 2015. In August 1995 we opened the first PMT store outside of Essex, PMT Oxford, which was followed by more national expansion in 2001. PMT Birmingham was opened in November 2001, which houses the UK’s largest guitar wall. PMT Northampton followed this in August 2005. Three years later, we opened PMT Manchester, PMT Leeds, and PMT Norwich in June 2008. PMT Bristol opened its doors in May 2010 shortly before we acquired the online ‘Dolphin Music’ business in May 2011. In April 2013, we opened PMT Cambridge and more recently in April 2015 we opened PMT Newcastle. Plus, in November 2015, we opened our first music shop in Wales, PMT Cardiff. In March 2016, we opened PMT Portsmouth, and PMT Nottingham in October 2016. The latest music store, PMT London, opened in October 2017, and our flagship store PMT Birmingham moved to an even better premises in June 2019. PMT Online has grown alongside our stores to give our customers all the latest product news and information about our shops and also allows you to do your shopping on the go, but with the same trusted PMT standard. In 2017, the popular North-West-based website Dolphin Music joined forces with PMT Online to provide one of the UK's best online Musical Instrument platforms. We also have dedicated channels via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter to answer your questions, offer helpful advice and share the latest news.

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I am a Zambian born, comes from a family of 8 and the youngest of the Mwila’s. My siblings always thought I was spoilt because I was the youngest, but I don’t think so! I was born in a town called Mufulira on the Copper belt side of Zambia in 1981,the Copper belt province is rich with mineral finds and Mines, hence the name. I am Married to Eric and we have a beautiful daughter called Chanda, she is 15 years. I completed my matric in 1999 and my mother advised me to study food production since I loved cooking, I did it for her though it was a course that I never dreamt of studying. I graduated successfully and worked for 2 years as a chef, got tired of cooking, I dodged that career and went into studying computers, worked as a receptionist and studied Human resources at the same time and obtained a diploma. I worked for a courier company as a Human Resources assistant. In 2012, I moved to South Africa, Cape Town when I got married, joined a Mobile Money company called Zoona with operations in Zambia, and I worked there for 5 years as a support agent. Zoona is an African Fintech company founded in 2009 with the vision of helping communities thrive. Since launching, it created over 2,500 jobs in Zambia and Malawi, empowered over 1,000 entrepreneurs to start their own business and allowed them to reach earnings of over $10 million. I enjoyed working for this company because we really helped girl child prevail. Apart from the above, I am a lover of interior designing, and my wish is to have one of the most successful Interior business one day, through my passion for interior, I designed my sister’s Kitchen area, how amazing!!! I love cooking and baking (especially Cake pops), they are my favorites!!! I love adventure, gardening and working out too, I am a gym freak. Most importantly, I love spending time with my loved ones. I reflect a varied personality, including ambition, and the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness. I am also a well determined and vigorous individual, and yet calm. I encourage fighting for what you desire and believe in and doing it through God because nothing great comes easy. I believe mindfulness in the workplace is key to success. Having worked in Customer care I have gained extensive experience in; Empathy, Adaptability, Ability to Use Positive Language, Clear Communication Skills, Self-Control, Taking Responsibility and Patience.

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I have four passions in life. My sport, family, work and God. Each I pursue with dogged determination to be better and to excel. The greatest blessing and experience in life is the privilege of life is having a loving and supporting wife and incredible children. My relationship with each of them is treasured above all. I am blessed in that I am healthy, enjoy the blessing of life and am extremely active. I am thrilled to be able to compete on the international stage for home and country. Success therein is just a cherry on top. Career and work has been an incredible experience. Knowing what I wanted to be early in high school and achieving such has brought about economic emancipation and a lifestyle I could only dream about as a little boy. I bask in the success and abilities given to me and the blessing poured out in great abundance.

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The guitarwrist is a not-for-profit company. 100% of the profits from each sale go to the Artist’s charity of choice. The guitarwrist make bespoke bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings from artists used guitar strings and plectrums, all hand made in the UK by Emma Hedley Jewellery and Breakbeat Jewellery. These items have both an emotional and physical connection to the Artist and fan. Around 95% of the components from the strings we receive will be used to create the jewellery pieces, thus reducing the amount of strings metal that normally ends up in landfill. Their history start back in 200, when his founder took time out to look at more ethical and social enterprise ventures. One of the things he noticed was that guitar strings and consumables were one of the biggest expenses to artists yet once they were used they were just discarded and binned. To make matters worse, he found that virtually all used guitar strings ended up in landfill. Yes, some bits were recycled, but the vast majority weren’t. So the initial idea came about of The guitarwrist which is to get artists to donate their used guitar strings to their where they can turn these into amazing pieces of jewellery that have both an emotional and a physical connection with a great guitarist or bassist and the fan! This idea bumbled along, and other projects got in the way, but a couple of years ago his founder re-ignited the idea and contacted a number of guitarists, and they all loved the idea, especially as they’ve worked on the model so that the profits from the sale of the bracelets, rings and necklaces go to the Artist’s charity of choice. The guitarwrist also spent time researching what the fans wanted and how best to help the charities and who could produce the products.

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Takealot.com’s mission is to be the most customer-centric online shopping destination in Africa, and has built a foundation on the simple concept that the customer comes first. The success of the business is based on its ability to delight customers with amazing customer service. Takealot.com is dedicated to improving the customer experience, from the moment you arrive on the website or app and place an order to when it arrives at your door. Takealot.com was officially launched in June 2011, following the successful acquisition of an existing ecommerce business called Take2 by the US-based investment firm, Tiger Global Management and Kim Reid in October 2010. Today, takealot.com is the leading ecommerce retailer in South Africa and one of the largest, most innovative ecommerce retailers on the African continent. The business was initiated with a simple vision in mind: To be the largest, simplest, most customer-centric online shopping destination in Africa. It has rapidly evolved since inception, opening and expanding warehouses in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, while expanding department selection to over 21 departments across Electronics, Lifestyle, Media & Gaming and Fashion. For takealot.com, 2014 was a truly pivotal year with the announcement of a $100m investment from Tiger Global. This was quickly followed by the purchase of Mr Delivery – which gave the business ownership over its own logistics network through the Takealot Delivery Team division (formerly Mr D Courier) and its own app-based on-demand food delivery service through the MR D Food division. The same year saw the successful acquisition of Superbalist.com, a curated design and fashion website, and culminated in the announcement that Naspers-owned Kalahari.com would be merging businesses with takealot.com – building the premier online shopping destination in Africa. The merge was successfully completed on 1 May 2015 when all Kalahari customer accounts were successfully transferred to takealot.com. Beginning in early 2018, Naspers increased its investment in takealot.com to 96%. In October 2018, Superbalist.com and Spree (also part of the Naspers family) merged to provide customers with the latest on-trend local and international fashion. Now, takealot.com is South Africa’s largest, most innovative ecommerce retailer, with over 2000 employees. At the core of everything we do is our customer. We are passionate about providing great customer experiences, beginning with the moment you land on our site or app, until the product you order is delivered safely into your hands.

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South Africa's most loved health & wellness retailer Faithful To Nature, with a heart for honest ingredient policies. We believe everyone should have access to healthy products, reliable information, and affordable prices. Faithful to Nature gives South Africans the option to buy genuinely natural and organic products online. We believe everyone has the right to know exactly what they are putting into their shopping bags and bringing into their homes. That's why we became one of the first companies in the world to create a strict ingredient policy that ensures full transparency and no compromise. We carefully check the ingredients of every product before we sell it and we disclose full ingredient lists for every product sold. This means you can buy a wide variety of organic and natural products online with the peace of mind that you are getting the safest, greenest alternatives on the market. We offer an online shopping experience that is quick, convenient and user-friendly; we offer excellent customer service and fast, hassle-free delivery around South Africa. Faithful To Nature specializes in organic products and health supplements. They are one of the largest health supplement stores in South Africa a have over 11,000 products that you can recommend. It would be particularly useful for websites or social media influencer accounts that specialise in health and fitness.

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I'm the family person, hard-working woman, a mom of a handsome boy, adventures and a God fearing woman. I worked at the Department of Health as an Administration Clerk for 5 years. We've opened an N.P.O Youth Initiative. We are developing youth in programs such as soccer, reading and our culture. We conduct awareness campaigns about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We facilitate the formation of support groups. And I have passion in farming. We started poultry farming and rabbits and we are selling the eggs in our community. I've done short course in Financial Management at University of Forte at PFMA.

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Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and I am currently living in South Africa at Cape Town for seven years. I am single from now and busy shaping my programming skills and IT knowledge at Cape Peninsula university of technology (CPUT). I am a software developer, I am always keen to discover and learn about new technology and invention in IT world, I have a good understanding of programming languages, internet cloud services and Desktop support CompTIA A+. I am a self-motivated person, reliable, determined, very skilful in communication, fast learner with an open mind to expose myself into new world and concept. Live is a journey about challenges and discovering that’s why I am always ready to face new challenge in technology and software world. I really like to play guitar and read books about science and others because knowledge for me is one of the keys to open doors, make a difference and discovering new area in live.

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I have a love for the outdoors, the sea, and try to spend time as much time as possible partaking in activities in these environments. It is all about balance. From a corporate perspective I have extensive experience in management from the various industries I have been involved in namely:- Military - submarine branch Manufacturing Technical training Advertising ICT Lottery & Gaming Industry Automotive industry Drone Industry (UAV) Steel Fabrication Industry I have now reached a stage in my career where it is becoming more important to coach and mentor individuals, a key outcome of my time in Zambia. I am a very practical and technical person and pay particular attention to detail. I believe relationships are currency and have to be built on a foundation of honesty and trust. I am a very healthy and motivated individual. My major corporate achievements have been the implementation and setup of the 1st and current South African National Lotteries and my most recent achievement has been the setup of a Scratch Card Lottery in Zambia. One is never too old to experience and learn new things, I have now entered the digital arena, this is certainly exiting and the way forward.

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I am a young vibrant lady full of energy and emotions. Born and raised in Kinshasa, DR Congo in a family of 5 children. I am the 3rd. I have studied nursing, I worked for few years as a nurse then I have changed professions and followed the path of customer service. My love for meeting new people and helping people resolve their issues has brought me there. I love challenges and I am not afraid to face one. I always say to myself "Your body is ready, I just need to set up your mind". I am married to an Amazing man, Mirand since 2018 and together we have an adorable energetic 2 years old Girl Ryleigh. I love cooking, entertainment and traveling. I spend a lot of time on TV and social media. I have a YouTube channel about food and live style : Lady Mag. I am a big fan of movies and stand-up comedies. I am more of a family person, I love my family members and keep each one of them dearly in my heart. I am a spiritual person, I believe in Jesus Christ. I love kids, I have been in service of the Kids Ministry in church since 2007. I enjoy being around Kids and teaching them about life and spirituality. I am an open person, always ready to hear more and learn more. Oh and... I talk a lot! I enjoy talking.

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My name is Noxolo Femele and I'm 42 years of age and I have 2 kids both are girls age 17 and 13 years old. I have worked at 43 Air School as a Receptionist for the past 5 year and while I was there I used to help out at the Admin area and at Marketing department, and that had lead me on having the ambition to become 1 of the Managers but unfortunately we got retrenched. Then I went and work at Lendcor group as a Sales consultant for 1 year 6 months same we got retrenched. That's where I decided to start my small business just to put food on the table until now, but things are not doing well due to Covid-19.

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I am a God fearing individual, and I’m also a father to two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl. I worked for Tekkie Town as a Sales Assistant and I was chosen as the best Sales person for the entire Mpumalanga province. I also worked for the Department of agriculture as a Data capture. I have a passion for sports, football is one of my favourites and one day I wish I can own a soccer team. While I was in high school, I always wanted to be a lawyer but due to financial constraints I could not become one. My interest in the justice system came when I realised that the late former president Mr Nelson Mandela was also a lawyer representing his people. I wish one day I could give back to my community and its people because my community gave us the likes of the late Steve Bantu Biko, one of the BCM Members who fought for the people of South Africa. My community is one of the underdeveloped communities of this country, but I know that one day all of this will change because I know that with education anything is possible. When a child is educated communities will change for the better and if one community changes, then our country will change for the better as well and poverty will be no more. Education topped with one’s perseverance is the key to a bright future for all. With this pandemic people have lost their jobs and in some households you find that no one is working and people resort to drugs and alcohol, some get depressed to a point of taking their own lives. If we can start developing jobs for people, our continent would become a better place for us all. Being part of an initiative that supports the empowerment of those less privileged is one of my greatest wishes. I will be glad if all my wishes do come through because nothing is as important as education and hard work, and an educated country means a better world for us all.

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I am Elnet Girly Ndlovu. I am 29 years old. I was born and raised in Mpumalanga, South Africa. I graduated from high school in the year 2012 and am currently studying for a higher certificate in economics and management sciences through the university of South Africa. I have also obtained a certificate in business administration and Computer literacy of which I seek to study further to do entrepreneurship. I began my career as a customer service representative in 2014. Naturally, I have a growth mindset that enables me to grow and to help me by learning from mistakes to improve myself continually. I am kind, loving, caring and a person who is full of empathy often. I am a go-getter, positive, bubbly person who loves a positive fun filled environment. I am self-motivated and also enjoy motivating my team members. I work well in a team or individually. I am passionate about education, uplifting others, entrepreneurship and making a better society for the future generation to come while walking the journey of self-discovery I have more than four years experience in customer service and administration combined with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Administrative Assistance, Meeting Scheduling, Executive Support. I have excellent interpersonal skills, I am also a fast learner and adapt quickly to a new environment My hobbies are reading books, listening to music, walking and learning new things.

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My name is Glorymar Hernandez, but I prefer to be called “Glory”. I was born in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, and grew up amid the crowds of the city, the tranquility of the Andean mountains and the joy of the Caribbean coast. A mixture that has taught me to enjoy wherever I am, that aroused my curiosity to know the world, and that has helped me to adapt, with relative ease, to changes. I have a degree in Philosophy, my research works are in Philosophy of Language. Since 2019 I have been working as a Spanish teacher. I decided to start teaching my mother tongue thanks to my experience learning other languages. I had the opportunity to live for a year in Ireland, where I went to learn English and, currently, I am in Italy, where I have had the opportunity to learn Italian. These experiences allowed me to realize that, although seeking perfection when trying to “speak like a native” is the ideal, what really matters is being able to communicate, make ourselves understood and be open to the experience of knowing other cultures and understand that there are many different points of view. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to work in different contexts such as banking, outsourcing consular procedures, and teaching at university level. The biggest lesson I learned from these experiences is that I am not an office person. I prefer to own my time and have the freedom to work wherever I am. For this reason, I have decided to dedicate myself to teaching Spanish online and to enter the digital world. I consider myself a very curious and versatile person, that is why in my free time I enjoy handcrafting (such as sewing or knitting), volunteering, being in contact with nature, and trying to learn new things, like playing the guitar. Regarding my geographical preferences, the beach and the mountains are my main refuges, because I can escape from the noise of the city and connect with myself. That is why I would like to be able to live with my husband on a mountain, not far from the sea.

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I’m Toni-Leigh, born and bred in the Mother City of Cape Town. My fiancé and I, are parents to a lively 2-year-old girl who arrived 5 years after losing our 3-year-old son to a rare genetic disease. I love learning new things. Growing up, I was a voracious reader, reading anything and everything (even the classifieds and property ads) and with the advancement of technology over the years, I can have information at the tip of my fingers, so I’m always eager to learn new things and I’m a fast learner. I’ve always had an interest in Information Technology and was the go-to person in my office before my colleagues would go to the IT office, and now I’m looking into further studies so that I can develop my knowledge and skills. In 2005, I graduated from Varsity College with a Diploma in Travel and Tourism with aspirations of travelling worldwide in my profession. Things didn’t quite work out that way, having worked in retail and a company assisting young people to live and work in the UK. In the last decade or so, I’ve been in the tourism industry behind the scenes, working for an online holiday accommodation booking agency and more recently a company that does tours and safaris in Southern Africa. I also do freelance work remotely, such as, captioning for a speech-to-text service and social media evaluation. I am an introvert but enjoy working with and being in the company of others, while also enjoying being on my own. In the past I used to view being an introvert as a weakness because those higher up in the ranks of the companies I worked for were extroverted but in recent times I realised how much of a strength it is being an introvert as I also have a strong sense of empathy, which I believe is key in Customer Service and building interpersonal relationships with colleagues and clients. I’m passionate about customer service and going the extra mile and l love that feeling of knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s day, whether big or small. People tend to describe me as hardworking, punctual, efficient, dependable and trustworthy. Covid-19 affected the tourism industry drastically, however, I still want to travel anywhere I can, just soaking up the different cultures and experiences. The last year has been both challenging and rewarding and it has made me see things in a different light and so it has been somewhat of a new beginning for me. I am motivated now more than ever to seek out new passions and adventures and to get out of my comfort zone.

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Wamkelekile (‘Welcome’ in isiXhosa) to one and all! My name is Iman Martin – ‘Iman’ having both Arabic and African meanings for ‘faith’. Just like my name, I come from a multicultural background: my mom has Indian and Malaysian origins, while my dad is from the Griqua people/clan in South Africa. In the same vein, I am a Muslim and have Christian relatives, with who I am very close. It is because of my diverse background that I feel I was raised to be both tolerant and respectful towards those that are of a different culture, religion, or ethnicity. Cape Town has been the only home I know, and I’ve never ventured far out of it. I do however envision myself travelling to different parts of the world a few years from now. I am passionate about women’s empowerment and women having the choice to choose for themselves! I have recently graduated from the University of Cape Town, with a Bachelor of Social Work (Psychology Major) and placed on the Dean’s Merit List, awarded for consistent academic achievement. Through hard work and perseverance, I was fortunate to have received a scholarship from the Department of Social Development for three of my four years of study. My mini-thesis explored the experiences and challenges of 1st-year students at UCT adjusting to university. Studying social work has not only allowed me to better understand those around me and their thought processes but also, to better understand myself and the possible reasons why I am the way I am. As part of my course requirements, I had to complete field practicals – by putting the theory that I was learning in class to practice in a real-world environment. My field practice experience ranged along a spectrum: from providing social work services to underprivileged youth in a primary school in Bonteheuwel, to interning in the more affluent area of Upper Wynberg, at an international school. This experience further fostered my innate empathy and non-judgemental outlook for those around me. I am someone who is not afraid to get my hands dirty, work hard and help out where I can: currently job hunting, I have occasionally been helping my father with renovations to his property that include painting, plastering, applying putty, etc. This has taught me many practical things that I hope to apply when I own my own house one day. A few months before now, I worked as a Personal Assistant to a therapist and social worker. This was a remote job that taught me valuable organisation and time-management skills. In my early years of study, I found myself working a sales assistant job at the Robben Island Museum Gateway store, and found that my favourite part of the job was interacting with the different tourists that happened upon our humble store and hearing their stories – where they were from and why they decided to visit SA, etc. I love reading, and since a young age, I’ve been considered a bookworm. I mainly enjoy supernatural and sci-fi novels and webcomics, as well as other forms of content such as newspaper and magazine articles (need to know what’s happening in the world around me). English was also my favourite subject at school, and I think this was also encouraged by my English-teacher mother who was quick to correct any incorrect grammar and pronunciation when my siblings and I spoke incorrectly. I often assisted her in marking her learners’ English examination scripts and as a result, am quick to pick up on spelling or grammatical errors. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, long walks with my dog Ninja, and photography. This has led me to submit a piece that is currently being exhibited at the Zeits Mocca Art Museum, in their long-running ‘Home is Where The Art Is’ exhibition. Furthermore, my faith has given me strength through the darkest times and taught me to be tolerant and understanding of those around me. I am still very much figuring life and myself out as I go along and am always open to learning from those around me.

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“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” A Japanese proverb close to my heart. It has helped me persevere in so many situations in life and those situations have molded me into the woman I am today. Here’s a brief introduction to who I am. I am a new mommy to an adorable baby boy. A jack of all trades. I’m an artist at heart, fitness enthusiast, avid reader, and quite academic. I was born on the 9th of August in the year 1996 in Elim, a small village in the Limpopo Province. I grew up in Johannesburg and later moved to Pretoria in 2006 when I was in Grade 4, where I completed the rest of my school career. I have always been one to participate in almost every extra-mural activity since my primary school years, I played softball, hockey, and cricket. I took part in cross-country and district athletics to name a few. My love for sports made me gravitate towards what I currently do part-time, I train on a regular basis, and I am a wellness coach and a distributor for a prominent nutrition brand. A large part of what I do involves helping people correct their nutrition and learn more about the benefits of healthy eating so that they can lead a healthier lifestyle and feel great while they are at it. I have been involved in various projects that involved giving back to those in need. I have been involved with an initiative called Feed a Homeless Homie, where we made food for the homeless and distributed it at least one weekend a month, I also helped a friend of mine with a pads drive for less fortunate girls, I also give clothes to homeless shelters for women and children whenever I can and I worked with an NGO known as Keep That Gold Shining (KTG) where we tutored young kids in high schools in the townships. I am a philanthropist at heart and believe that even the smallest contribution goes a long way. As mentioned, I am also an artist, mostly self-taught. I do painting on commission as well as pencil sketching. I do not have a specific style as yet, but most of my work features women from different walks of life. I would like to collaborate with more artists in the future and have exhibitions. I try to read at least one book a month. My favorite writers have always been James Patterson and Dan Brown however I recently branched out to other genres besides suspense and thrillers. Some of my latest reads are: • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki • Atomic Habits by James Clear • The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho • Half of a yellow sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe I can speak at least 6 of the 11 official languages, I am fairly tech-savvy. I am a quick learner, always willing to pick up a new skill. Life has thrown several curveballs at me and I never backed down. I strongly believe in working hard and not giving up on anything I do. My name means ‘Be Strong’, that is who I am!

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Rome wasn't built in a day. I’m of a very friendly nature and love to be with people who aren’t selfish. I am ambitious and will do anything to achieve my aim - "The Universe applauds action not thought" I’m of a very adventurous nature and love to find good in everything I see. There are many things that make us depressed or upset, but that doesn’t mean that we stop living. You dust yourself off, honor the difficult times for the lesson it taught you, and walk away stronger and wiser. Independence and confidence were key in my life from a young age with venturing to the UK straight after school, and eventually ending up in Cape Town as my dream destination to live a happy balanced life where beautiful sunsets are part of your everyday life, and reminds you that dreams do come true. My professional life started as a labourer painting parks in the dire UK winter weather to Insurance consultant for a huge corporate company. Getting to know me over time, it became clear that I adapt quickly and take pride in everything I do as I strive to leave everything and everyone better than you found them. Covid-19 and the drastic changes that came with it has been the most challenging and rewarding time of my life. With a system that failed us all in so many ways, living a financially stable life is nearly impossible but forced me to get grounded with nature and realize that the best things in life are truly free. My senses for nature, animals, and my overall humility enhanced drastically. We are all just reminded once again that nothing ever goes as planned and that losing everything including your mind might be necessary to make you realize what a strong, resilient, and galactic species we truly are. Realizing this, I am now more than ever ready to spread love and kindness whilst challenging myself with new adventures that push me out of my comfort zone. There is no other time than the present that truly matters. And in this moment, I am excited to change my reality and the lives of those around me.

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