Boitumelo Nte is writing practitioner and an alumna of the Rhodes University School of Journalism. She holds an Economics degree also from the university, and worked as student reporter for the Rhodes University Communications Division in 2019. She additionally freelanced for the Grocotts Mail and the 2019 National Arts Festival.

Boitumelo joined the ASRI Future Leaders Programme in 2020 and took up externship with Reos Partners (Johannesburg) in 2021. She is passionate about corporate communications and works in a communications role. She is a fervent consumer of current affairs and active participant in national news discourse.

Boitumelo believes her time on the Future Leaders Programme strengthened her commitment to professional discipline and integrous interaction:

“Our class sessions with the [ASRI] directors and guest-speakers always inspired peak attentiveness and truthful interaction. Coupled with the diverse group of the Fellows, the programme also worked to encourage tolerance and collegiality among us, equipping us with critical skills for the professional world beyond the programme”.

On the technical aspects of the programme:

“Several sessions covered topics which I had limited exposure of. I have now picked up personal interest in some of these and can contribute to in social dialogue, or reflect on in my individual capacity. My best sessions were those that honed in professional accountability, among which included a session on the Life Esidimeni saga.

I have full confidence in ASRI’s capacity to bring in high-calibre speakers for the session; and often enjoyed the company of some of South Africa’s well-known social-impact personalities.”

The externship leg of the programme provided a good opportunity for Boitumelo to test her career interests. Boitumelo was placed on client relationship projects at Reos Partners and so extended her interests in the corporate communications field. She is grateful to ‘Reos’ for the externship, as well as to ASRI for the opportunities and professional networks developed in 2020.