Nokwanda Mathenjwa is an industrial development researcher at the University of Johannesburg, busy completing her master’s in industrial policy. Her passion lies with grassroots rural community development projects. She believes that South Africa could revolutionise its economic growth and youth unemployment rates by using an improved industrial policy that reforms disparities of the past and makes resources available.
Mathenjwa aims for her projects to have positive and sustainable impacts on communities, particularly in terms of job opportunities for women and youth. She fosters economic independence for the communities she works with.
She was recently selected to participate in the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship, an academic fellowship opportunity in the United States. Mathenjwa firmly believes that everyone has a divine life purpose; she encourages young people to embrace their uniqueness and follow their paths to success.
“Mistakes make us wise and are propellants to an unknown, yet adventurous, future.”