Public servant and activist
Bloemfontein-based Nokuthula Chakane is committed to using her rich academic background and passion for activism to leave a progressive mark in the public sector and in the lives of young South Africans. A qualified economist, Chakane, 30, works at the provincial department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs as director in local economic development and municipal integrated development planning. She is busy pursuing her Masters degree in Development Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Chakane has always felt the quest for justice and has long been at the forefront of struggles for women empowerment and youth development. While still a student at the University of the Free State, she was actively involved in student politics. She is also the director: sponsorship and fundraising in the South African Brics Youth Association. In her community, she always pushes for young people to get a chance to allow their talents to bloom. “Education and youth development are close to my heart. I continuously get involved in programmes that accelerate the drive for progressive youth development,” Chakane says.