Phenomenal FS woman makes great strides

SABC 2 Morning Live presenter, Palesa Chubisi, is proud to call herself a Free State woman.

South Africans are celebrating Women’s Month for the 60th time this year. The 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings in protest to the Pass Laws, is generally commemorated on 9 August. Voice spoke to a phenomenal woman from the small Free State town, Ficksburg, who is educating and informing the nation while advocating quality education for all and who is making strides to bring about positive change.
Palesa Chubisi, known to many as a radio and television news anchor, wants to educate and inform the public of current affairs in and out of the country. As a young, self-driven woman, Chubisi started her career in her 11th grade as a voice over artist at a community radio station. This inspired her to pursue a tertiary qualification at the Vaal University of Technology.IMG-20160808-WA0005Having grown up in Ficksburg, Chubisi decided to make Bloemfontein her home and she worked for SABC News at Lesedi FM. Her recent progression to a popular SABC 2 Morning Live Show followed. During Woman’s Month this year, Chubisi stands as a testimony of what can be reached with dedication and good education. “Having worked at a public broadcaster over a period of ten years, I have come across people from different spheres of life, influential people and those living in dire poverty. This has made me realise the importance of empowering one another,” she explains.
With a strong belief that education is the most powerful tool to fight poverty, Chubisi has taken it upon herself to empower previously disadvantaged students. For the past six years she has helped a number of prospective students in need of tertiary financial aid. “I have decided to share the little that I have with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly young woman, because I know what it’s like to be unprivileged.”
Coming from a family of six living in the rural areas of the Free State, Chubisi explains that her experience of growing up was not smooth sailing, because of financial constraints she had to endure. “I remember how difficult it was to complete my tertiary qualification, as my parents were unemployed. There were days when I would wonder how I was going to survive the next day, but today I stand tall as I am on the verge of completing my Master’s degree. It is very stressful for a young person to be worrying about tuition fees, accommodation fees and where your next meal will come from and still be expected to return home with a qualification,” she says.IMG-20160808-WA0006“Education has opened doors of opportunities for me and for this reason I would like to leave a legacy of young educated South African youth.” With Free State being the third leading province in the country with regard to a high unemployment rate, Chubisi advises young women to empower themselves with education and skills to move South Africa forward. – Katleho Morapela