There is a big team of employees here at IQ Academy and staff fulfil different roles and have different duties and responsibilities, but all of these jobs have a shared ultimate purpose – to provide our students with an academic journey that will ultimately lead to an improvement in their lives. Our awesome team of employees are all working together towards a shared Vision, “Improving Lives Through Education”.
IQ Academy is a Distance Learning institution which means that our students are located all over South Africa and therefore don’t attend classes at a physical campus like they would do at a face-to-face institution. We have therefore decided to use this space to provide you with an opportunity to get to know some of our inspiring and hardworking IQ Academy staff.
We are going to start today with Palesa Duba.
Palesa joined IQ Academy in 2014 and is a Tutor within the Academic team. She holds a BCom Honours in Business Management and this qualification is important because she has academic responsibility within that subject area. All of the work she does ultimately helps our students to achieve their academic goals!
How would you describe yourself Palesa?
I am hard working and a quick thinker. I am always looking for solutions or ways to make things work faster and better.
What do you do for fun?
I love hiking, yes climbing up mountains! I love the freedom of driving out of town, I drive EVERYWHERE. I play squash and love baking.
Can you tell us one of your best kept secrets?
I love my mind. I love being challenged. Anything new, bring it on!
What music is playing in your car at the moment?
Taylor Swift and Cassper Nyovest. I am a girly girl and deep down love the “Kasi” lifestyle. Look, put a sick beat together with lyrical value and I’m hooked.
What is your favourite meal?
Umgqusho Nolusu (Samp and beans with tripe)
What character traits do you most admire?
Ambitious, adventurous and respectful.
If you were President, what would you change?
Job placement in South Africa. Not every job requires a qualification. I believe that the job market needs to change to provide people with the opportunity to grow and acquire the necessary skills to do the required tasks. Yes I appreciate that some fields require a formal qualification (medicine, engineering and law), but many jobs require skills and knowledge and there are many ways to acquire these.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Not everyone thinks the way you do…
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can draw and paint.
If you were granted any wish, what would you choose?
To become South Africa’s Ambassador for Education
What motivates you?
The future, the possibility of something different and a better tomorrow.
What are your goals and aspirations?
To own a self-sustaining business that helps other people to grow. To start an NPO for girls.
To host an annual event where people can come and taste my food.
Who would you most like to meet and why?
Future me, I really want to meet her…
What drives you to achieve within your role and how do you do this?
My colleague Adele Bellingan. She really motivates me. She is always ready with advice, a stick, food and insight. It is always good coming to a place and meeting with people who understand your role and who are willing and able to help you to become a better educator. The Academic team are an amazing group of people. There is never a dull moment here. Every day is filled with lessons and laughter. I learn from everyone around me every day.
And finally, is there anything you would like to say to our students and to the potential students out there?
Your education is yours and yours alone. It all begins with you. You need to want this more than anything else. Some of the best students I have met whilst here at IQ Academy are self-reliant and call when they need assistance. No excuses. If you want a better life, you have to work towards it.
Authors: Kim Elliott/Palesa Duba
Editors: Thembakazi Yamiso