Partners for Possibility: trailblazers in their fields

Two female leaders feature as PfP’s Trailblazers for this quarter

In July 2019 PfP Principal Belinda Petersen will become the first black principal of the 125-year-old Rustenburg Girls' Junior School in Cape Town

Belinda, who is currently the principal of Ottery Road Methodist Primary School, was selected for her "well-rounded experience in education and leadership development capabilities".

Belinda’s mission is to "encourage and create a connected culture where building relationships, understanding others, and giving everyone a voice is key’’.

She also believes in creating space for partnerships that encourage a spirit of purpose, positivity and possibility.

Belinda, who holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics Education from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, has 16 years' experience in education. She partnered with Business Leader Charmaine Matroos in the CPT18 Leadership Circle that was supported by LPF Michele Hinds.

Dorcas Dube, our very own Marketing and Communications Manager, was recently selected as one of the‘Top 8 youth wonders under 30’ - an initiative that spotlights dynamic young people in South Africa through public nomination.

In an interview with the creator of this campaign, Carmen Murray, Dorcas explained why her work was so important to her:

‘’I am first and foremost a proud African, passionate about our continent and truly believe in the massive potential of our people that is waiting to be released.
My passion for the development of future leaders motivates me to go the extra mile and be part of a solution to the education crisis through finding innovative ways of improving the quality of education for ALL our children. 
It is incumbent upon us to turn the tide; firstly to prioritise basic education, and then to ensure that all learners can read for meaning and don’t drop out before matric. Moreover, we need to equip learners to compete in the job market and address the crippling unemployment rate,‘’ Dorcas said.

Dorcas was also named as one of a stellar group of 2019 PRISM Young Judges (PYJ) who will have the unique experience of judging the 2019 PRISM Awards entries under the guidance of seasoned industry experts. The ten Young Judges will each be paired with an industry lead for a year-long mentorship.

The PRISM Awards are Africa’s most sought-after accolades in the public relations (PR) industry. Now in their 22nd year, the PRISM Awards are presented to PR and communication professionals who have successfully incorporated strategy, creativity and professionalism into their programmes and showcased successful PR campaigns.

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