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Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi

V-Girls, V-Girls Action Team Member

Busisiwe is a seventeen-year-old eleventh grade student at Rand Girls’ High School in Johannesburg, South Africa, who is majoring in accounting, history and physical sciences. She hopes to pursue actuarial science or politics in her future career. In her studies, she has achieved a high grade point average with diplomas in English, life orientation, economics, and she holds the Janette Maarschalk for the highest grade point average.

Busisiwe is an Action team leader of V-Girls, a global network of girl activists and advocates fighting against violence through creative events and empowering themselves and one another to create the change they imagine for the world. Inspired by Eve Ensler’s I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls, V-Girls is a platform for girls to amplify their voices and ignite their activism. She is active in community development and teaches remedial classes for local children in basic mathematics, literacy, and physical education in athletics and volleyball. Her awards and accolades include the RAPs School’s One-Act Play Festival’s scroll, the Lulu Venter Trophy, the Best Supporting Actress and Scriptwriting Award, the Heming Trophy for Best Ambassador for her school, and many other awards for leadership, public speaking, and class captaincy. She is on the Student Representative Council at her school, and is currently campaigning to become its chairperson.


4 Responses to Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi

  1. Puleng Khumalo says:

    I attended both primary and secondary school with Busi, and this to me doesn’t come as a surprise. She has always been dedicated and hard working. She really is a great example of a great leader. Our Country is in desprate need of such intellectuals.

  2. Carolina López Capo says:

    Congratulations Busi!! All of your efforts will pay off. Keep on like that! I felt compelled by your speech. You’re a great speaker: confident, determined, clear and enthousiastic. I was glad to listen to your story. You seem to be a strong advocator for girls’ empowerment.
    I encourage you to check out this website: http://www.girls20summit.com/ and apply for the G(irls)20 Summit 2013 as a representative of South Africa. I think you’ll find it interesting.
    Best of luck with your studies and projects!

  3. Ntombizodwa says:

    We are so proud when we see young girls like Busi who are focusing on positive issues that affect their lives. She is such an inspiration not only to young girls but us older woman. If this world could have more girls like her then this will really be a better world. We are proud of you Busi and keep on empowering and inspiring the youth

  4. Petunia Selebalo says:

    Wow such a young girl with big dreams. I wanted to be just like Busi a few years ago but didn’t have/know which direction I should take. I’m so proud of girls like Busi who make young South African women become proud of who they are and to dream big. Girl Power!!!!