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Alumnus Spotlight: Teboho Makhabane

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


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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