Anisa Mazimpaka works in the private office of Johannesburg’s executive mayor, Dr Mpho Phalatse. An activist and former student leader, she will soon run her very own foundation, which advocates for social justice through education. Striving for the emancipation of the disenfranchised, she believes it is time for young people to rise to the occasion to position South Africa as a country to be reckoned with.
When she was president of the student representative council (SRC) at the University of Johannesburg, the university council and the SRC were able to raise more than R100-million towards student fees.
In 2019, she was the first woman to win One Day Leader on SABC1 during the #TeamAnisaMazimpaka campaign in Season 7, with many of her counterparts from opposition student formations coming together to support the campaign.
“My proudest moment was coming to the realisation that there was no boundary I had not crossed, no social class I had not interacted with — all while remaining true to what I truly believe in.”