“The core of who I am lies in my grandparents – on both sides of the yardstick. I am the granddaughter of a chef, an accountant in a politician, a housewife and a peasant farmer. All four of them understood that no man lives in isolation and years after they passed on, I am grateful that Golden Key has created the same platform for me: to transcend the I-prism into a plural world that seizes to be an abyss. In receiving this award I continuously grow not only academically, but in line with who I am - a servant leader”.
When they still walked the earth, my grandparents touched countless lives: the homeless, their different societies, their children and grand children. Despite being born in Harare (Zimbabwe) and bred in Kwekwe (Zimbabwe), I still found time to visit them and feed on the myriads of enriching “soul nuggets”. I look at my own life and I see a projection of my maternal grandfather, not so much on the path of a politician, but in aspiring to be a lawyer. In 2011 I became a member of Golden Key International Society. I can count a number of occasions during the course of my law degree when I found myself dead beat and conjuring every last shred of perseverance I could master. Four years into my degree I know my grandparents can look into my life and be proud of whom I have become as a whole.
In 2011 during one of our Law Students Society SOS children’s village beach day excursions, I realised the world goes beyond the confines of my daily academic life. The year after my induction into Golden Key, I served on the NMMU Chapter committee as the Alumni Member Liaison Officer for 2012 and the Vice President for 2013. In a bid to hone my public speaking skills, I joined Toastmasters International NMMU Chapter and served on the committee as Vice President in 2012 and Sergeant At Arms in 2013. Between 2011 and 2013 I found a second family in my extra-curricular activities: Beyond the Classroom Leadership Programme, Amnesty International, International Students Association, Zimbabwe Students Association, Judo etc.
During the first quarter of the year the Staff and students at the Faculty of Law launched the SAVE (Society Against Violence Everywhere) campaign to protest the uncontrolled violence in the South African society. We collaborated with other campus societies and carried out a few activities in the fight against xenophobia, violence, rape and murder amongst other evils prevalent in the country. In April 2013, the NMMU Golden Key flag event - The Pledge- began. The Pledge, drawn up by men to men, calls on all men to take a stand against the prevalence of violence against women. It urges men to examine themselves and take responsibility and be at the forefront of curbing incidents of violence in our society. A thousand signatures (and counting) and 17metres down the scroll, The Pledge found its way to the Golden Key South African Regional Summit in Cape Town to reach out to the nation on a larger scale.
On the 20th of September 2013, a colleague and I presented a workshop at the Golden Key South African Regional Summit on “Intercultural Competence and its significance in the globalized world”. It was an overwhelming experience to meet and network with various people, each with a story to tell, each with a cause to live for. Through reaching out to the children of Sinethemba, donating books for Walmer High School, tutoring Walmer High School students and being an NMMU Disability Unit volunteer, I have felt the warmth of my grandparents hands on my shoulders encouraging me to go over and above my own needs, but above all, there is a resounding gong in my soul that has tatted the words of the 14th Dalai Lama in my heart,
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
Having said all this, I look forward to completing my law degree so as to use it not for myself, but to develop the standards of cyber law protection in my country to enable better trading standards as envisaged by the EU Directive on data protection and privacy in this ever changing digital age.
Golden Key wishes Tariro all the best with her future endeavours.