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Refilwe Tsumane

UNICEF/South Africa/2009
© UNICEF/South Africa/2009
Refilwe Tsumane from Kuruman in the Northern Cape.

City, country
Kuruman, Northern Cape, South Africa

The town where I come from is small but has a lot of history. There are no big opportunities there but I have made sure I’ve made the most of them.


Wrenchville High School

Reason for applying to J8
2nd place in the Albert Luthuli Young Historians Prize and Girls’/Boys’ Education Movement Club member.

Languages spoken
English, Afrikaans, Setswana

Role models
My role models include my parents, my teacher - Miss Christiaans - and myself!

Favourite Subjects
English and Life Orientation

Likes & Hobbies
Watching television, eating and reading newspapers

Dislikes ----

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? If you could be President what would you do for the world?
I would like to be the best lawyer in South Africa. I would like to bring people together and change the following: poverty, HIV and AIDS and world hunger and starvation. Some of the key challenges facing South Africa are HIV/AIDS, poverty, unemployment and quality education. If I were to address these challenges I would start by asking the underprivileged people what they would like me to do for them and start helping them in every way I can. I would involve the right people to help me deal with these issues.

What are you looking forward to most at the J8 and what do you hope to achieve?
I am looking forward to meeting other children from other countries, and getting my opinions and thoughts out in the open globally. I’m looking forward to seeing Rome and Italy.

What would you say to your President if you could meet him?
I would applaud him on being South Africa’s president and I would like to discuss social issues concerning the youth of South Africa.





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Impressions of the J8 and Rome

Read the impressions and highlights by the South African delegates of the Junior 8 Summit in Rome:

  • Aletta Dhlamini
  • Richmond Sajini
  • Refilwe Tsumane
  • Yumnah Jackson

Statement by Refilwe Tsumane to the Italian Parliament


9 July 2009 -  Download and read Refilwe Tsumane's statement to Italian Parliament.

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