Bulelani is 34 years old and lives in Khayelitsha with 4 male friends. Kathrin is 38 years old, lives in Victorskloof, Hout Bay with her husband and three children.
What is your profession and what work do you do? I am a Muslim preacher (an Imam), a teacher and a counsellor, I’m also learning Maths and Science.
Where were you trained? In UCT (University of Cape Town) I got a degree in Public Administration and a Diploma in Management. I also have a qualification in Arabic language and Islamic Theology from an Academy of Islamic Studies in Durnacol, KwaZulu-Natal.
Is there something you would like to learn? Yes, IT, natural medicine, organic farming, business skills and more Arabic language. Natural medicine comes top,then farming and IT.
What do you do in your free time? Reading and watching soccer, and talking to friends and relatives. But now I don’t have any free time because of studies and my economic situation is not that well now, I need to take care of it.
Do you have a hero, a mentor or somebody you admire? Yes, Maqoma, a Xhosa chief in the 19th century who defied English Colonialists till death in Robben Island, imprisoned by the British for tresspassing in his own land. Unfortunately, we are forced to believe that our heroes are only those who fought apartheid.
Are you currently saving money for something? Yes, for the Facial Analysis and Tissue Salts course offered by Eva from Switzerland in Pretoria.
Do you have a dream that cannot be bought by money? Yes, my passion for nature and environment, I won’t go for a nuclear career, and any environmentally unfriendly occupation, no matter how much it pays.
What do you think you will be doing in 10 years? A farmer, a doctor and environmentalist.
Where will you be when you are old? At my birthplace in rural areas of the Eastern Cape.
Do you have a favorite book? The House of Phalo by Peires.
Do you have a favorite movie? Malcolm X.
What music is your favorite? Ringo Madlingozi.
And what TV-show? Aljazeera news.
What do you like about South Africa? Diversity of people from all over.
What don’t you like about South Africa? Crime and corruption.
What are your hopes for South Africa? Hope that we become an educated nation, substitute nuclear with solar and hydro energy.
Is there anything you would like to say to our Swiss friends and families? I hope I see them in their country.
Thank you, Bulelani!