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Thursday, 27 May 2021

In conversation with Rachel Kolisi

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: The HIV/AIDS Unit is hosting Rachel Kolisi , the co-founder of the Kolisi Foundation, philanthropist of note, a mother and wife of the very popular Springbok Captain, Siya Kolisi.   WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: The HIV/AIDS Unit is hosting Rachel Kolisi , the co-founder of the Kolisi Foundation, philanthropist of note, a mother and wife of the very popular Springbok Captain, Siya Kolisi.

The HIV/AIDS Unit invites staff and students to join the Young Women Empowerment team for an interactive hour-long conversation with Rachel Kolisi, this afternoon from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm via Zoom.

The online event with the topic: In Conversation With Rachel Kolisi, will focus on young women empowerment and personal and leadership development.

Head of the HIV/AIDS Unit, Melanie Marais says: “We know her to be the co-founder of the Kolisi Foundation, philanthropist of note, a mother and wife of the very popular Springbok Captain, Siya Kolisi.  

“Being the co-founder of the Kolisi Foundations, aimed at building communities, there is a lot that young women can learn from her experience.”

 As part of the Young Women Empowerment programme, the HIV/AIDS Unit under the Division of Student Affairs focuses on empowering young women in terms of personal and leadership development and entrepreneurship. The Young Women Empowerment Programme is an initiative of the Division of Student Affairs, championed by the HIV/Aids Unit. It started in 2017 with various interventions that focus on entrepreneurship, leadership and personal development and reproductive health awareness amongst young women.  

“This programme is also known to our neighbouring universities and TVET colleges. Our hashtag is #YoungWomenLeadingTheChange because we believe that the sky is the limit for every young woman and they are able to achieve their dream goals,” says Marais.

The end goal is to develop important skills such as personal and leadership development, starting their own successful foundations and leading in their respective areas of expertise. “We’re so excited because Rachel Kolisi liked our post on the HIV Unit Instagram page,” Marais enthuses. The HIV Unit has another very well-known celebrity lined up for 7 August 2021.

To stay up to date and connected, do follow HIV Unit on their social media platforms under CPUTHIVUnit; Western Cape Young Women Leading the Change Forum and Amajita’s Men’s Program.

To join the Zoom conversation with Rachel Kolisi, follow the link: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/81113915360?pwd=YThPK0ZoR0RzVlZTMVV1S0dZTmNjUT09

Meeting ID: 811 1391 5360

Passcode: rX9xxh

For more information email:  KUBHEKAB@cput.ac.za 

Written by Aphiwe Boyce