Wandile Charles Gumede

It’s been over 1.5 years since I’ve conducted this interview, but I can still remember a lot of memories that I have shared with Charles (most of them are past midnight, in the economics building).  His full name is Wandile Charles Gumede. I met Charles in my Social Impact Enterprise class; we were one of the…

Genevieve Sekumbo

Genevieve Sekumbo was the tutor for the Sociology class that I took at UCT.  I remember that on the first day, I got lost in the Arts Building and ended up sitting in the wrong tutorial.  When I realized I was in the wrong classroom, I was too embarassed to get up (Mind, it was…

Razeena Palekar

I met Razeena through my Social Impact Enterprise class.  We were one of the few undergrads in the class, and if I remember correctly, on the first day, the instructor kept forgetting her name.  He wasn’t getting it right. She usually goes by “Rose”. Actually, because I learned to call her “Razeena” first, I was…

Elizabeth Cilliers

Elizabeth (aka ‘Liz’) was one of the first people I met in Cape Town.  She was an Orientation Leader (OL), dressed in a bright neon green T-shirt and a red zip-up hoodie.  This was the OL uniform, so she looked like the other OLs, but with those colours, she stood out from the typical crowd….

Sithabile Kuuya

Today I’m “sondering*” about Sithabile Kuuya. I met Sithabile (shortened to “Sitha”) on my second day in Cape Town.  Sitha works for Ida Cooper Associates, a small organization who takes care of exchange students during their time abroad.  She has helped me get settled in Cape Town and has become one of my dearest friends…

Our Sonderous Stories

sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed,…