Interview with Naydia

Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences (1st) Bachelor’s degree in International Studies (2nd)


What’s your name?

Nangamso Naydia Booi

How old are you?

I am 25

What’s the most important in your life?

There are quite a few things that I deem to be important in my life. Family stands out as the most important. Faith; believing in the entity that is God and the relationship that comes with it, not so much on religion. I value progression very much. Staying in the same position for the rest of your life is not healthy, but making the most of what you have to move forward, not only for yourself, but for the people you hold dear to your heart and those that look up to you. Social justice and human rights amongst other things, fall onto that list too.

Do you like Imizamo Yethu? What do you like there and how is your life at the township? Did you grow up there?

I have a love-hate relationship with Imizamo Yethu. When I was three, and my late sister two, we moved to IY to live with our parents. I practically grew up here and spent my formative years here, but I always wished I had grown up elsewhere. There is so much potential in IY, the people as well as the location. I guess that’s pretty much all that I like about IY. Growing up in IY was tough, but it builds you. I have never been in prison, but to some extent it feels like a prison, you come out a changed person. It is up to you whether you change for the good, or become worse. You face challenges on different levels, and I guess if it doesn’t kill you – it can only make you stronger.

What are you studing?

I am currently studying towards a Political Science degree at the University of South Africa. My first experience at university I completed a National Diploma in Multimedia Technology, and it did not end well because I only wanted to do it because my parents wanted it and not me. I learnt my lesson.

What are your personal/business goals?

Well, most of my personal goals include business in them. Haha
I am working on being a great mother and role model to my son. I want to make my parents happy and proud, especially my Mom because she’s sacrificed everything for me and my siblings growing up. Doing well in life, being healthy and level-headed is how I can show my gratitude. But of course, I have huge dreams, which are my long-term goals. For some, I’m not quite sure how I’ll get there, I just know that I will. I want to contribute to the betterment of Africa, not by just giving money, but investing in my people. Educating, enlightening, empowering and encouraging my people any way I can to make sure that I contribute to the advancement of my people. It is a lot of work, but it will be done. If I had to write all my personal and business goals, I would have to write a book – which is another goal of mine.

How do you get in to the Thatha Ithuba programm, what does it mean for you? What are the positives and negatives of this project?


In 2015 I became a member of the Rotaract Club of Hout Bay. In April of that year, I had met the founders of Thatha Ithuba, Gina and Martin Hilzinger, at Niphelele’s going away/ birthday celebration. He had been offered an internship in Switzerland. I think later on in the year Thatha Ithuba took an interest in working with youth from Hout Bay and the members of the Rotaract Club of Hout Bay were fortunate enough to be selected by the association. I suppose that’s how I got in.

Working with Thatha Ithuba has broadened the horizon for me, and others. It has allowed me to literally ‘take a chance’ in almost everything that I aspire to be or have. Earlier in the year I was not selected into a bursary scheme that I applied for, but Thatha Ithuba came along and saved my academic career. Now I am completing my degree and it’s all because of Thatha Ithuba. In July this year, we went on a mentorship camp with our mentees from Silikamva. It was the first for me. If that wasn’t great enough already, I was allowed to bring my son along too, which was an incredible experience.

The only negative thus far is that I haven’t done anything for Thatha Ithuba, YET

Do you have special wishes / ideas for the programm?

Thatha Ithuba Association has great potential, the kinds of people it selects have that too. It’s not entirely my baby, but I do wish that it stays true to its vision and mission. Often times, programmes change over the years and begin to lack in consistency. But I sincerely wish that Gina and Martin accomplish all they had set out to in South Africa, and the World. Naturally, when you’re working with an association, you begin to form ideas of the kinds of projects and plans that could be implemented to improve or build upon the association. I have quite a few, but I think I would love to share them covertly with Gina, Martin and the rest of the team.

How is the collaboration with your mentor? Who is your mentor and how is your mentore supports you? What kind of support would you need more/less?

I do not have a formal ‘mentor’ at this point, apart from my Mom. However, I have two mentees from the Interact Club of Silikamva High School in IY. Sandiseka Xhego and Sandisa Gladile are both matric students and very unique. I suppose, the kind of support they provide for me is experience in working with people. I am outside of my comfort zone, it’s external and I cannot control everything, I can only catch every wave as it comes.

I sometimes feel that I am impatient. I’m not sure how that could be remedied. But I go out of my way to understand my mentees and their needs, at the same time there are boundaries that I rather respect.

As TI we try to support your studies financially. What does it mean for you?

This may sound like a cliche?, but it means the World to me. If the opportunity had to be taken away, I would have to go through a tedious process of finding and applying for financial support. My studies would come to a halt until such a time that I would be able to afford to put myself through school. There are bursaries and scholarships out there, but it is not easy to find one that is best for you – in terms of the conditions. Thatha Ithuba did not expect much from me when I had applied to have my fees sponsored. Instead they have gone the extra mile by sincerely wanting to find out about my hopes and dreams, and forming ways to help me bring them to fruition. That means a lot to me. It just shows that it’s not just about the money.

How are you handling your life with studies, Baby Alo and Part time working? Tell me something about your feelings?

It is not easy, but I am doing it. The studies alone, are more challenging than I had initially anticipated. I was so eager to be a student again, that I overlooked the sleepless nights and sometimes stressful moments when chasing a deadline. It has proved far more challenging and at times I wonder if I bit off more than I could chew haha. With my Alo, I’m not sure if I can take on anything else at the moment. I salute all the women who did it before me, it is quite spectacular.

In the past, securing employment was a matter of sending through my CV and making it in time for the interview. That was primarily because I had few responsibilities and was under no pressure to find a decent job within my chosen field. Things are different this time around, I have Alo and bigger goals that I’m working towards. It would do me no justice to work in a call centre anymore. With a qualification and another on the way, I would be wasting my time and potential. I am a bit more selective now, but I know what I truly want. Being an employee is great, but I think I will be a greater employer. And I have to start somewhere.

What are your next steps in education and for your job? How do you plan reach them?

In terms of education, I might end up with a little more degrees than I bargained for. I love education, and learning. Although I should, I do not have a plan set out in stone regarding what happens after I graduate. I’m putting in the hours of hard and smart work to ensure that I do.

Earlier I mentioned that I am getting into business, with a few prospects. Any business training will go a long way and I see that happening in the near future.

I don’t quite like the idea of a job, in a long term setting because I would be using my talents and skills to advance someone else’s dream and vision instead of my own. However, in the public sector there are a few posts that I would like to tackle. Working with the government, not only to ensure service delivery, but to bring forth the necessary resources that our communities need to sustain themselves. Also, there a few policies that need to be tweaked. Committing to my goals is the only way I can achieve them. I also feel that in order for me to be where I ought to be then I have to be dedicated to my dreams/ goals regardless of the direction I take.

What are your personal saying? Why?

I do not have a personal saying as of yet, but I do believe that if you want something you’ve got to have Faith that it will come to being, visualize it, work towards it and remain convicted until you have it. That goes for many different things, it could be your dream house, an ideal job, your company, an empire, a better you – the list is endless.

Make a wish for your life:

I’m a little superstitious and I think that saying your wishes out loud reduces the chances of them being true. But, all my wishes encompass these five things; family, faith, success, happiness and peace.