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Mandie Richards Paying it forward

Written by: Sithandwa Ngwetsheni

Mandie Richards is a senior lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and chair of the transformation committee in the Faculty of Business and management sciences.

Richards lived in District 6 until her and her family were forcibly evicted when she was only 8 years old and moved to Bonteheuwel in the Cape Flats.

I often have moments of sadness as I drive to work each day and see the empty land.

Mandie Richards

Her mother was her role model and inspired a lot of Richards’ life choices.

Despite only completing Standard 7, my mother strived to improve herself and assumed various leadership roles in the factory. When she was 40 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was adamant that I finish my studies and went to work each afternoon after receiving chemotherapy to ensure that my fees were paid

Mandie Richards

Richards not only wants her students to leave University with a qualification but to graduate and move towards becoming social active responsible citizens.She then included the pay it forward project into the curriculum content.

Pay It Forward was more than just the once-off volunteering or the 67 minutes on Mandela Day.I wanted students to experience a connection with the people where they volunteered

Mandie Richards

The love that Richards has for her job is indescribable,she shared that at the start of each academic year she feels excited because she believes that every student has the potential to achieve their objectives and being part of their career journey is a privilege for the CPUT lecturer.

I get excited at the start of each academic year and feel privileged knowing that I am going to be part of their lives and hopefully contribute positively to their career

Mandie Richards

Mandie's Goal:

My goal is to contribute to the development of students in all spheres and to assist students,lecturers and teachers to achieve their full potential and think outside of the box,and not always follow,but also to lead

Mandie Richards



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