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Alumnus Spotlight: Teboho Makhabane

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Y alumnus Teboho Makhabane explains how the UCT Y helped to integrate her faith with all of life, which is now central to how she approaches her career in finance.

Industry: Head of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and impact investing

Years at the Y: 2008 to 2014.

Qualification: BSc Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; BCom Hons Financial Analysis and portfolio Management

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When Teboho reflects on her time at the UCT Y, she smiles. “Those were very formative years for me,” she says. The training, mentoring, and community she found at the Y “…helped me to build a worldview that has since helped me navigate the world.”

Teboho quickly became involved in the student leadership committee, first as treasurer then as vice-chair. She also led a Bible study for two years. The leadership skills she learned at the Y have made a direct impact on her career, where she now leads the team responsible for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing at a nation-leading firm.

For Teboho, the Y community became place for growth and challenge as well as acceptance and friendship. She says that its non-denominational nature was an important catalyst for growth. Because the Y is committed to placing Jesus Christ at the core of its mission, it is able to offer a safe space in which there is freedom to explore the rich diversity found within the historic Christian faith. Teboho explains, “This sets the Y apart from most of the other Christian societies on campus. I was able to engage with students from different denominations and a diversity of thinking about what following Jesus looks like.”

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