A graduate of the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha, resident Kholiswa Ntshinga has been recognised as ‘becoming one of the next future leaders in the Technology Sector of South Africa.’

She recently completed an in-depth coding course through CodeSpace Academy. Code is a global language on which the internet and all computer programs are run. Coders write programs for people to use on all applications. This includes your mobile app or on-line gaming, and for automated machines to function.

Kholiswa was first accepted at COSAT when she registered while in Grade 7 to attend there Saturday classes. A decision that she regards as ‘the best ever made in her life’. She took part in every programme the school had to offer including the debate team and robotics.

During this time (2015) Kholiswa and Yolanda Nkala, from Khayelitsha, presented in the annual Cape Town Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. their gold medal winning project on “Reducing mycotoxins in home grown umbona”, which reduces oesophageal cancer in rural men. They were chosen to represent SA in Beijing International Science Fair, where they won silver medals in the medical sciences category and a special award for Innovation in Agriculture.

Now a member of a female founded start-up LocumBase she will be helping improve healthcare services in South Africa through building tech to empower lives of healthcare professionals and the communities they serve.