Sakhiwe obtained a Master of Philosophy in Public Policy and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Pretoria. She proceeded to complete postgraduate short courses, namely; Transdisciplinary Research from Stellenbosch University and Understanding and Engage with Poverty and Inequality in South Africa with the University of Cape Town.
To contribute to human and state development, she uses journalism and research. She enjoys Social Science research and believes it is through the output of reliable research that the problems facing the current state of South Africa can be solved. She has experience in Social Science research and mainly in policy implementation, education and planning.