Inspired to action by Dr Mamphela Ramphele

On July 28th, 2016, posted in: Academic, Culture, Featured, History, News by

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Today Wynberg Girls’ High School was fortunate to have as a guest speaker Dr Mamphela Ramphele.  She spoke to a number of groups at the school, as well as the whole school in an assembly. Addressing the whole school, she spoke about civic duty and pride as an African/South African, encouraging the “leaders of today – not tomorrow” (as she put it) to take action to create the South Africa we want. After which, she spoke to the grade 11 and 12 history girls in a more informal and inter-active setting. She spoke to this smaller group about the Black Consciousness Movement and how we should all become conscious of our identities and embrace them. She spoke of realizing one’s full potential and that once you truly accept yourself and your talents and stop aspiring to be someone you are not you can only but succeed. Questions were asked and she took no hesitation in giving the girls long and meaningful answers; addressing not only issues of race, but also those of feminism, and what it means to be a woman in South Africa.

As a politician, former anti-Apartheid activist, medical doctor, academic, businesswoman and great public speaker the girls couldn’t help but be inspired. The atmosphere of hope and excitement was tangible and there’s no doubt girls left the hall feeling inspired strive to make the South Africa we want for the future. For the history girls, it provided invaluable insight into that section of the struggle, and helped us to come to understand significantly more of what Black Consciousness and self-pride meant: we know now that this is not something that should only be learnt about, but should be applied practically in our everyday life.

 

Dr Ramphele talks to Wynberg