CANDICE ANDISIWE, COMMUNITY HERO ON A PROFESSIONAL NOTE I was inspired to do what I do based on… I was inspired to start building Blocks as a direct result of my personal experiences. I was born and bred in Alexandra and was exposed to using bucket toilets for 20 years. I also, however, had the privilege of going to a Model C school where I had the luxury of using proper flush toilets. Being exposed to these different worlds propelled me into action and inspired me to start Building Blocks, with the idea of uprooting sanitation conditions in my community. My dream job, as a kid, was … because … As a child I always aspired to study astronomy. From a very young age I was introduced to star-gazing with a telescope by my grandma’s employers and from then onwards I developed an interest in constellations and astrology. However, during my matric year I did some introspection, and figured I wanted to do something that would help me drive positive impact, specifically in improving the living conditions of people in South Africa. As a result, I took a detour and decided on studying something that would help me understand the context of my people’s struggles, and in turn enable me to drive effective social change. Hence I chose to go the Social Sciences route and become a psychologist. I define success as follows… Success to me is inner fulfillment… ON A PERSONAL NOTE The best decision I have ever made was… Willingly registering myself at Rose Act Saturday school. Attending Rose-Act presented so many opportunities for me, an opportunity to predetermine my future, to redefine the world as I know it, it propelled me academically, furthermore afforded me the opportunity of furthering my tertiary studies and watered my personal growth. The worst decision I have ever made was… There are decisions I have made which I thought were the worst at the time they were being made, but somehow, overtime, those bad decisions have worked to my advantage. WHAT INSPIRES ME The leadership qualities I most admire are… Integrity Consistency Transparency Compassion Honesty The woman that inspires me is … Redi Tlhabi because … Her ability to reason and state her point firmly, unapologetically and with so much conviction is inspiring- she’s well read and I admire her for that. My life’s motto is… You need to conquer yourself for you to conquer the world… A MESSAGE TO OTHER WOMEN I think the most significant barrier to female leadership is… Playing small and second guessing your abilities… The biggest challenge for the generation of women behind me will be… We live at a time where women have gotten a step further from where they used to be. We now have access to opportunities, be it employment or education. The biggest challenge will be how they work their way up and thrive in those spaces, especially in a world were institutions are still broadly male dominated. Now the bigger hurdle for women will be elevating themselves to positions of affluence, credibility and authority. LIVING A LEGACY My personal message to the South Africans is… As a country still grappling with the legacy of unjust laws of the past that have resulted in many living under abstract poverty more often plagued by economic, and social issues, I think it is everyone’s responsibility to help break the cycle… Just doing one thing, just one thing for someone, will make a world of a difference. Mentorship is important to me because… Mentorship has positive impact on young boys/girls being mentored; not only does it give you a feeling that someone out there cares about your aspirations and dreams, but it also gives you the feeling that you have someone to guide you in executing those goals and dreams. Secondly having a mentor exposes one to a world outside the confines of their own reality and aids as source of knowledge. I believe support/giving back to the community is important because… As a country still grappling with the legacy of unjust laws of the past that have resulted in many living under abstract poverty more often plagued by economic, social issues, I think it is in everyones’ ability to help break the cycle… Just doing one thing, just one thing for someone, it will make a world of a difference. AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR YOUR COUNTRY If you were to visit my city, I would personally recommend that you visit/see/do … Maboneng Precint in Central Johannesburg CONCLUDING THOUGHTS Something else I’d like to share is… Feed your passion… The best way for readers to connect with me is… www.buildingblocksfoundation.co.za Candice was also the Grand Prize winner of the Elizabeth Arden “Make A Visible Difference Campaign”. Photo credit: Elizabeth Arden Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.