Nomvano Jim

This is my story: Nomvano Jim

I was born in Rustenburg in the North West Province of South Africa, but I stayed in the Eastern Cape with my grandfather’s sister whom I referred to as “makhulu” until I was 9 years old. I then came to Cape Town to live with my mother and seven siblings in Khayelitsha. I attended Ikhusi Public Primary School and Luhlaza Senior Secondary School.

I did extremely well at school and received several awards for academic excellence. I fell pregnant in Grade 11 as I knew very little about love and boys. Through peer pressure and naivety, I ended up having a baby at the age of 19.

I was determined that a baby was not going to stop me from finishing school and realising my dream of becoming an independent business woman. Despite missing the first couple of months of my Matric year, I returned to school at the end of the first term to write my exams and worked hard towards finishing my Matric in 2013.

My interest in attending university began when two people from the University of Cape Town (UCT) came to my school to identify 10 students who had excelled in their studies, so that they could become involved with a project called Wannabe at Humanities. The focus of this initiative was to encourage learners from townships to apply to study at UCT. I was chosen to be part of the project and I submitted my application to study Humanities. My application was accepted, and I enrolled at UCT in 2014 and graduated on the 6th April 2018 with a Bachelor of Social Sciences with three majors: Industrial Sociology, Gender Studies and Social Development. I was the first person in my family to both pass Matric and to attend university!

After my studies I decided I needed to gain work experience and to spend some time with my young daughter who I had seen very little of whilst studying. I sent my CV to many organisations but had very little response back from them. I could not sit around doing nothing and I needed to earn some money, so I started teaching English to foreigners. I was excited when Mthente called me and invited me for an interview and offered me the position as a workplace intern. This is the beginning of the next chapter of my life and the next step towards realising my dream. My story shows that through hard work, patience, knowing what you want in life and through perseverance anything is possible.


Abaphumeleli – Orphanage

Mthente ended off the year at Abaphumeleli Orphanage in Khayetlisha with a Christmas party for the children


Assisting our City Heroes – Fire Fighters

Mthente and staff reached out to our firefighting heroes during the 2015 Mountain blazes through an on-spot fundraiser in response to calls for donations via the media. The collection drive raised R2,000!

Baitul Ansaar Child Care Centre

Baitul Ansaar Child Care Centre

In partnership with AMKA Products, Johnson & Johnson, and the Cape Town Social Responsibility Drive Team, Mthente raised R8000 and reached out to the Baitul Ansaar Child Care Centre for a second year running to donate household and sanitary items to the Centre.

Baitul Ansaar Child Care Centre

Nal’ibali Reading Club

Nal’ibali Reading Club Philippi – PRAESA

In the spirit of the words of #Madiba “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela), Mthente spent Mandela Day reading to and interacting with children from the Nal’ibali Reading Club in Philippi. To add to this fun some colouring was organised for our younger leaders in the group. Staff and friends generously donated snacks and craft items to for the children in the group. Thank you guys!



Staff Fundraiser for One of Own

The Mthente staff has decided to begin 2015 on a thoughtful and caring note by assisting a colleague-in-need to get an eye test done and subsequent to that, to purchase much needed spectacles. This was a warm hearted and covert mission by the Mthente staff which brought tears of joy and gratitude to the grateful Vuyani. In total Mthente staff & the company contributed R8,260.00!