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Richmond Sajini

UNICEF/South Africa/2009
© UNICEF/South Africa/2009
Richmond Sajini from Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape.

City, country
Alexander Bay, Northern Cape, South Africa

Alexander Bay is a small mining town on the West Coast of South Africa with people who are close-knit and enjoy having a good time.


Alexander Bay High School

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

Languages spoken
English, Afrikaans, Setswana, Xhosa

Role models
I am inspired by everyday people who do not let their background affect their future. I am also inspired by my mother, a hard working single parent and one of the few women in the mining industry.

Favourite Subjects
I enjoy life orientation and Physical Science because I get exposed to things that will be of great importance in my life.

Likes & Hobbies
I wouldn’t call my singing a pastime since I have been singing most of my life. I enjoy public speaking and motivating others to do good.

Dislikes ----

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? If you could be President what would you do for the world?
I dream of becoming a politician and hopefully President of South Africa. If I were President I would like to help lower the crime rate and encourage people to become civil citizens and work together to overcome issues that affect our societies. One of the biggest challenges facing South Africans is lack of education. If we could work to educate our people the stigma attached to problems such as HIV/AIDS would be easy to overcome.

What are you looking forward to most at the J8 and what do you hope to achieve?
I am looking forward to the exposure to different people and to not only teaching them about South Africa but also learning about their countries. Of course I am also excited to meet the world leaders.

What would you say to your President if you could meet him?
Firstly I would emphasise how much of a fan of his my mother is. I would like to talk to him to understand where he comes from and how it contributed to making him who he is today.





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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


View a short video clip on Richmond Sajini's expectations of the upcoming J8 Summit.


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