Hlomela Bucwa shows us that girls voices matter

A girl - and the youngest member of parliament!

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The average age of a member of parliament is 56. But at just 25 years, Hlomela Bucwa defied the odds to become the youngest member of parliament. Hailing from a small town in the Eastern Cape. Her short but inspiring journey to parliament started in university when she joined political organisation Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (DASO).

She was inspired to join student politics in university, after seeing the struggles of many students who were excluded from university because they could not afford to pay for the fees.

As the president of the DASO she led the organisation to victory during the Student Representative Council elections in 2014. During her presidency as SRC she used her voice for good exposing corruption in the student governing body - revealing how students funds were misused.

Because of her passion for fighting for young people, Democratic Alliance selected her as a member of parliament. In 2017, she was sworn in becoming the youngest member in the highest decision making office.

In her first speech in parliament, she took the time to urge the president to focus on youth empowerment and to help young people to get an education or a job. Her time in parliament has been challenging but Hlomela says she is soldiering on.

“It’s tough. I still can’t believe that I’m here, but my aim is to make a contribution, no matter how small.” You should never think that your voice doesn’t matter, that is the message that Hlomela has for young people.

“To the youth...we are not leaders of tomorrow but let us lead now and be the change that we seek to achieve,” she concludes.

If you would like to be like Hlomela and make your voice heard, here are a few things you can do:

Be brave: Raising your voice and speaking about issues that affect you can be scary. Be brave and talk about the issues that affect you - even if your voice shakes.

Speak out: Your voice is important and can make a difference. Find issues you are passionate about and be a voice to create a better world for yourself and the people around you.

Organise: One voice is strong but many voices joining together for a cause is powerful. Join and support organisations that stand for a similar cause.

In October we celebrate International Day of the Girl all over the world! Celebrating amazing girls just like Hlomela. Can you tell us what is the cause that you are passionate about? How will you make sure your voice gets heard?

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Roro

Congratulations to. Miss hlomla

Oct. 24, 2022, 7:44 p.m.

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March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

This is great ,i love it

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Hello Springster, we are glad you do.

Guys how can u behave to someone if he/she hate u?????

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Hi my name is Zoe how are you

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Hi my name is Zoe how are you

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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I am going through the name is zoe van

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How can my voice be heared,I was once accepted at university in 2012 but didn't have money to register,I had to work at resturent to budget for registration cz my mom is asingle mom and unemployed, now that I managed to get that money,I did apply for same course but unfortunately was not accepted, what should I do cz now Im starting to give up on life cz Im unemployed and cant go throgh varsity, my life stress.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Hey sunshine I suggest u apply again and try to get NSFAS they assist students who are financially in trouble and need to study good luck sunshine all the best.

Hey Sunbabe, thank you for reaching out to us. We understand your worries, but we don't think you should give up in life because we know you have the potential to succeed. You can try and find a shop for now, but we think you should also continue applying to places. Also, there are plenty of bursaries that are available for girls like you. Go online and search for bursaries on Google, and on the website pages of the colleges or universities you want to be in. You can also go to your old high school teachers (like your LO teacher maybe, and ask if they can offer any advice or if they know of any bursaries. Please keep trying. We believe in you!

Yeah Hlomela did a good job by helping children that had no chance to get to university.. But I guess not all of us can be helped how here is my story I am 18 years old girl I have no ID and birth certificate and um doing grade 11 at school I don't know where to goto I have no parent I live with my uncle at home he can't help me get an ID because we have different surnames and I don't know my father my mother I last saw her in 2010 during my grandmother funeral she can't be located and my principal said to me there is nothing they can do to help me I just have to quit school so I need advice before its too late what to do??

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Hey Bobmarley1, we're so proud of you for taking control of your life by taking the next step to approach us about this. This shows that you are extremely mature and smart and we are glad to assist you in this issue. We would advise you to first call home affairs and tell them about your situation. They are likely to get you in touch with social workers to help you understand your story. You will then have to apply for something called a "late birth registration", and this will help you get a proper ID. Sit together with your uncle and start by calling Home affairs on their toll free number: 0 8 0 0 6 0 1 1 9 0. They will explain the above to you in detail and help you with the next steps forward. Please do not give up hope and make sure to not make this an obstacle to finishing school as this can be solved. Please let us know when things work out in the end

Get someone with the same surname as you that must act as your guardian and get an affidavit from the police station that states that you do not live with your parents and take that to the Home Affairs.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

I dated this guy for some quiet time now but he say he never loved me,I sometimes cry wonder what have I done to deserve this I once tried to kill my self but I didn't succeeded,help me what can I do

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Here are my suggestions: Hi Springster, thank you for sharing your story with us, it is a really brave thing for you to do.It’s important that you’re not alone during a time like this and you talk to a trusted adult or friend. Someone who will listen to you and guide you, this could be a parent, a relative, a teacher or a school counsellor. We’re really inspired by your courage and happy that you reached out on Springster however, but you should also call Childline SA for free access to a counsellor. They are here to give you all the support you need! They can offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. You can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website on http://www.childlinesa.org.za as well as their Facebook and Twitter page for useful information. Also we really care about your safety so please do not use your real name when commenting online, if you click on the girl icon, in the top left hand corner of Springster, then click update user profile, you can really easily change this to something that helps you remain anonymous and safe!

Here are my suggestions: Hi Springster, thank you for sharing your story with us, it is a really brave thing for you to do.It’s important that you’re not alone during a time like this and you talk to a trusted adult or friend. Someone who will listen to you and guide you, this could be a parent, a relative, a teacher or a school counsellor. We’re really inspired by your courage and happy that you reached out on Springster however, but you should also call Childline SA for free access to a counsellor. They are here to give you all the support you need! They can offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. You can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website on http://www.childlinesa.org.za as well as their Facebook and Twitter page for useful information. Also we really care about your safety so please do not use your real name when commenting online, if you click on the girl icon, in the top left hand corner of Springster, then click update user profile, you can really easily change this to something that helps you remain anonymous and safe!

I dated this guy for some quiet time now but he say he never loved me,I sometimes cry wonder what have I done to deserve this I once tried to kill my self but I didn't succeeded,help me what can I do

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Girl get someone will respect you and love as a woman

Girl get someone will respect you and love as a woman

Hi Springster, thank you for sharing your story with us, it is a really brave thing for you to do.It’s important that you’re not alone during a time like this and you talk to a trusted adult or friend. Someone who will listen to you and guide you, this could be a parent, a relative, a teacher or a school counsellor. We’re really inspired by your courage and happy that you reached out on Springster however, but you should also call Childline SA for free access to a counsellor. They are here to give you all the support you need! They can offer you counselling over the phone, in person and online. You don't need to give them your name and can contact them any time of the day or night. You can contact them on their 24/7 Toll Free Helpline: 08 000 55 555 for help. Check out their website on http://www.childlinesa.org.za as well as their Facebook and Twitter page for useful information. Also we really care about your safety so please do not use your real name when commenting online, if you click on the girl icon, in the top left hand corner of Springster, then click update user profile, you can really easily change this to something that helps you remain anonymous and safe!

Power...we need more people like her

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

I like porn and sex

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Tshedza

Wow send your phone number and we will chat about it

Wow! Hlomela is representing us as the youth Big up Sisi! 😘💪✊

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

That's it girl✊

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