Meet the Team: Lindiwe Tshabalala

Lindiwe Tshabalala

Lindiwe Tshabalala

Born an raised in Orlando West, in Soweto, Lindiwe first joined City Year in 2009 as a Service Leader in Lenasia, and recently joined the staff as a Site Leader overseeing the team serving at Bapedi Primary.

We caught up with Lindiwe a little earlier, and this is what she had to say:

Lindiwe, how did you hear about City Year and what motivated you to join the organisation?

I first heard about City Year in 2007 while I was living in Lawley, in the south of Johannesburg. City Year had (and still has) a team working there, and I talked to Service Leaders about the work that they were doing. Their passion for service motivated me to join the organisation, along with my love for community service.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Meeting amazing people. Last week I was fortunate enough to meet City Year’s Dean, Charlie Rose. I’ve heard so much about him, and it was great to finally meet him in person. City Year exposes us to a huge amount of inspirational and interesting people, which I really appreciate.

What is your most memorable City Year moment?

During my year corps year we arranged and hosted a service day in the community in which our team was based. It was a huge event that involved our entire corps, and went off extremely well.

What is your favourite thing to do outside of City Year?

I love athletics. I joined the Orlando Athletics Club in 1999 and subsequently joined the Diggers Athletics club in Turffontein. I competed in 100m and 10km events, and more recently I have taken up speed-walking.

Why do you think it’s important for young people to commit to a year of service?

A year of service affords you the opportunity to do a lot of introspection and figure out exactly what it is you want to do in life. You are also introduced to all kinds of people, which helps you develop a sense of perspective about where you fit into the world.

Do you have a favourite quote?

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi

Tell us about something important you have learned at City Year

Probably the two most significant things I have learned at City Year are the importance of respect and the spirit of Ubuntu.

What motivates you?

My son, Modimomphemetse. He is 4 years old and is the light of my life.

Thanks, Lindiwe!