Investigative journalists are playing a vital role in saving South Africa, so Aishah Cassiem has an exciting career ahead of her. She’s with the special investigations unit at Independent Media, and enjoys her work because she can expose corrupt government officials and give a voice to the voiceless. Her studies towards a bachelor’s degree at Unisa will help her understand how government structures should operate, which will strengthen her investigations into state corruption. “If we do not work together to expose and get rid of the corrupt, specifically in government structures, we will not succeed,” she says. Cassiem also runs a mobile pop-up library in Cape Town, which she launched in 2018 to take reading to informal settlements. As a photographer, she encourages the youth in those communities to explore the media to gain more knowledge and imagine a different future for themselves.
Keep working hard, girl, it’s going to be so worth it and everything is going to fall into place.