Amanda is a 26-year-old young woman from uMkhondo, previously known as Piet Retief, a small town in Mpumalanga. She also identifies as a social justice and gender activist with interests in policy studies, research, feminist studies, and redress. Amanda graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology with a National Diploma in Public Management in 2019. She further graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Project Management in the Tshwane University of Technology in 2021. Amanda has a track record in student activism as well as political constituency deployment. She is also a published writer who has written for a Feminist Agenda piece 2016, The Red Pen and the TUT BATHO.

To be given an opportunity to be a part of the Future Leaders Programme is a life changing opportunity which I hope will expand my knowledge of the South African context for policy matters, governance, and redress. I look forward to engaging different people from different backgrounds, and to learn from their various perspectives and life experiences. Most importantly, I wish to expand my understanding of local politics while referring to local case studies and to expand my network. I think this programme will definitely influence my ability to navigate my career in a more mindful and intentional way.