Princess with a passion for politics

2019-11-20 06:00
photo: SUPPLIEDPrincess Gugulethu Mchunu.

photo: SUPPLIEDPrincess Gugulethu Mchunu.

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HAVING love for South African politics motivated a Greytown woman from the royal family to pursue a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Her Royal Highness Princess Gugulethu Mchunu (20), from the Mchunu clan, was also selected to participate in an United Nations (UN) programme aimed at engaging with young leaders from all over the world

“I am the daughter of the international music icon Dr Sipho Mchunu (former member of the Juluka music band). I was born and raised in Greytown and I completed my high school career at Greytown Secondary School. I am currently doing my second year at the University of South Africa, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).

“My love for politics started a long time ago, when our country was going through Zuma’s dilemma. At that time I wanted to know more about politics in my country, how the state is [governed] and how the regulations go about being practiced,” said Mchunu.

Earlier this year, Mchunu was selected to represent South Africa in a foreign programme called Global Goals Model United Nations (GGMUN), which took place in October in Bangkok, Thailand, where she attended as a delegate from South Africa and also represented Kenya.

GGMUN provides a platform for young leaders from various countries to develop their leadership, negotiation and diplomacy skills.

Of the event, Mchunu said: “During the event I raised the issue of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which includes clean water and sanitation.

“With delegates from over 60 countries, the event was a huge success.

“What the programme normally does is that it creates a platform for youth leaders to brainstorm strategies in order to come to resolutions to solve the 17 SDGs; such as No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, and many more. We got to experience the real feel of parliament and worldwide problem solving [techniques].

“My journey was a huge success as I gained a lot of networking skills, resources and information about several issues that affect the world,” she said.

The programme also included a scholarship so Mchunu could complete her studies.

“As a UN delegate, I’ve been given the privilege of having access to a lot of events worldwide. With a love and passion to help my country ensure that we live an improved standard of life, [I want to] try to show my [fellow students] that if you dream big you can achieve your dreams,” she said.

Mchunu urged the youth to focus on their studies and refrain from involving themselves in illegal activities.

“Next year I will be travelling to Malaysia, London, Japan, and Spain to continue on my journey of changing lives and ensuring a better South Africa. I’m also working on my new organisation, which aims to give rise to women in leadership.

“I would like to thank the Greytown community for supporting me throughout my journey. The mayor of Umvoti Municipality [Thami Ngubane] has had a huge impact on my travels. I say thank you.

“Next year I’ll be [visiting] schools, doing motivational talks and leadership programmes for the youth. I will also be creating a fundraising event that will [support] the children of Greytown who are in need and help better the lives of the youth,” she said.

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