South Africa, 2020
Masego Ofentse Mafata was born and bred in Johannesburg. She is currently studying International Studies at Stellenbosch University (SU) and will be pursuing an honours degree in Journalism in 2020. She longs for the societal realisation of social justice and cohesion. This informs her hopes to become a leading change-agent. Through this aspiration, Masego has immersed herself in a variety of activities and opportunities that encourage her to (un)learn, grow and incite change. Having completed over 300 hours of community service by the end of 2016, she continues to partake in community service projects. She was a regular volunteer at the Legacy Centre in 2018/19, conducting singing sessions. Her passion for service also saw her serve as a mentor, as part of SU’s mentorship programme in 2017/18, as well as a monitor during SU’s orientation week in 2019. Masego has served on several outreach committees, as well as on the executive committees of the United Nations Association of South Africa and Amnesty International’s SU chapters for 2018/19. To develop her diplomacy skills, she participated in several conferences, such as the WFUNA Model United Nations conference in New York and local human rights conferences. She is also a member of the Golden Key Honour Society. Believing in writing as a medium through which to tell people’s truths led her and two friends to launch iLizwi, an online student publication aimed at engaging with relegated narratives in Stellenbosch. She draws inspiration from the success of her peers and their efforts as change-agents.