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Director, musician, historian, politician...

Kefiloe Tladi’s favourite subjects are Afrikaans and History. Afrikaans because it’s where she achieves her highest marks, and History as it provides an opportunity for her to offer an opinion and reflect on things from her own perspective: she prefers this to the ‘one correct answer approach’ demanded in her other Matric subjects, Maths, Music and Accounting.

Her years as a Ruth First scholar at Jeppe have inspired her to work hard particularly at her academics – she describes herself as ‘not a natural straight A student!’ She has participated in a range of school activities from Junior Soccer to directing the Nerine house play, Big Brother in 2016. She is a Grade 5 Royal School of Music recorder player and thoroughly enjoyed playing in the orchestra and being part of the 100 strong team for this year’s dramatic production, Listen. She is a school councillor for 2017.

Introducing Ahmed Kathrada at the 2016 Ruth First function was a highlight of Kefiloe’s time at Jeppe Girls. Meeting this gentle humble man and being in his presence was a real inspiration for this aspirant politician.

A self confessed feminist, she is a huge fan of empowered women and lists Beyonce and Oprah as two of her role models. She has also been inspired by two Jeppe old girls: Aaishah Mayet, who practices as a medical doctor in Johannesburg and Lisa Browne (nee Mahoya, deputy head girl 2008), who is involved in education in the United States. Lisa’s address also generated an awareness of the global context for Kefiloe and a realisation of the global challenges and problems which exist not only here, but also in the United States.

Her sites are firmly fixed on a university away from home next year, preferably Stellenbosch to study International Studies or Rhodes for Journalism. She sees herself as a politician or political analyst in a decade’s time, and views either of these routes as potential pathways to realising this dream.

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