Minah Mkhavele is a social worker who is finalising her master’s in child protection. Working with children is something Mkhavele has a great interest in. One of her proudest moments was when she reached out to six rural communities to provide them with sanitary towels and toiletries. She managed to set up meetings with community leaders and created lasting relationships with them. Through her mentorship, several of the young girls have registered at university and are doing well. Mkhavele says she loves her work because she gets to interact with many different people from different backgrounds. She has this advice for young people: “Utilise your youthful times wisely, because some job opportunities in South Africa involve an element of ageism. If it means studying, study — and if it means starting a business, start as soon as you can.”
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