One Day Leader runner-up and former NMMU DASO SRC member Samantha Beynon is the female winner of the Vice-Chancellor Excellence in Leadership Award.
One Day leader is a television series in which six young people showcase their leadership skills by tackling modern day South African social, economic and political issues as a way of competing for the coveted title of ONE-DAY LEADER.
The show tells the story of the evolution of these six young people from ordinary young people into willing, influential, accountable, thoughtful, calculating and brave visionaries, the epitome of the future youth leaders of our country.
The political science honours student has wonderful plans for the future.
“I would like to pursue a Law Degree. I also want to start my own business (become a successful female entrepreneur). Knowledge acquirement should be a process, throughout one’s life (not an event). We should never stop learning!
In the long term, I would like to represent people in a National Youth Structure (One Day Leader has begun that journey for me) and then later in our Parliament as an MP (Member of Parliament).
Perhaps I will also aspire to be the first white female (representative of all people) South African President in this democracy. I have other dreams as well, outside the paradigm of Politics and Leadership: to own a national radio station and become a professional public and motivational speaker,” she says.
Samantha entered One Day Leader so that she could, on a national platform, publically advocate for, on behalf of the youth, women, people with disabilities and any other currently marginalized group of South Africans, economic transformation, social transformation, critical thinking and consciousness and a paradigm shift – regarding stereotypes and behavioural patterns of South Africans.
She served in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Students’ Representative Council (SRC) in 2012 as the Secretary-General and in 2013 as the Deputy President. In both her terms of office, she was the only female in the SRC Executive and one of three female SRC Members out of twenty-one SRC members.
Both portfolios contributed to her strategic and organisational capabilities and growth as a prospective national leader. She currently is the Melodi RSA (Residence Student Assistance) and was also nominated for the ANN7 Young South African of the Year 2014 Awards at the inaugural ANN7 South African of the Year Awards 2014.
In adition, she is the SABC Education’s One Day Leader Season 3 Runner Up and has been a guest speaker at a number of prestigious programmes/colloquiums including at CANRAD’s (Centre of Non-Racialism and Democracy) Beyers Naude Memorial Lecture and Steve Biko’s Black Consiousness Memorial Lecture.
She graduated this year with her BAdmin: Public Administration and Political Science. “With both my parents having passed away, this was an incredibly memorable occasion for me. If there’s something a current student must seek to do, that is to graduate (and not drop-out somewhere along the line),” she adds.
Born and bred in small, rural farming community of Sidbury (Paterson) outside Grahamstown she had the privilege of learning the language and culture of the IsiXhosa people. This has become part of who I am; my personal and authentic brand with those around me acknowledging my dream of realizing non-racial and diverse South African communities. I believe that before I am a university student, I am a member of a community.
It is therefore no surprise that her official vision statement is; “My vision for South Africa entails the empowerment of young people, women, people with disabilities and any other currently marginalised group in realising and maximising their potential, for the assistance of economic transformation for the majority of South Africans, but in particular the working class and poor.
I am passionate about serving all people, regardless of their race, …gender, culture, ethnicity etc and convincing them that they are even better then what they may believe of themselves – that they can and will exceed their own expectations.”
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