Today I would like to give you the opportunity to get to know Qaqambile Mlonyeni. Qaqambile is a Logistics Supervisor here at IQ Academy and the logistics department has a very important role of ensuring that our students receive their study material. IQ Academy is a Distance Learning institution, which means that our students are located all over South Africa and the Logistics team work very hard to make sure that every student receives their study material as soon as they have met the registration requirements.
Qaqambile joined IQ Academy in October 2010 as a Client Service Agent and was promoted to a Client Services Supervisor within 7 months of joining. He then moved across to the Logistics team as Logistics Supervisor and is also one of our First Aiders too!
How would you describe yourself Qaqambile?
I am witty, exciting and a go getter! Nothing is impossible if you apply your mind to it. I love engaging in conversation with people. I’m an optimist, a person who sees the glass as ‘half full’.
Can you tell us a few of your best kept secrets?
I sleep in character pyjamas and I still can’t fall sleep unless I have had a warm cup of milk (talk about been caught up in my childhood memories.) I’m also addicted to sherbet lolly pops.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
My get up and go song, the song I play before I jump out of bed every morning, is Wake up Everybody by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.
What is your favourite meal?
Anything Italian! My first love is, and always will be Lasagne (my mouth is watering just thinking about it).
What character traits do you most admire?
Ambition, a willingness to adapt to change and most importantly, HONESTY!
What are you reading at the moment?
BATMAN #44 | DC Comics.
If you were President, what would you change?
Where to start… first and foremost, the unemployment rate because it has a negative ripple effect, leading to crime.
What do you do for fun?
Cook…cook and more cooking! I enjoy loafing in front of the TV. I actually have the most fun when I am by myself.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have mastered, you will never grow.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I get a kick out of cooking and yes, I’m very good at it! I am not talking about boiling an egg either. I am talking about making a gourmet meal.
If you were granted any wish, what would you choose?
To have a meal with my late dad (he passed in 1991).
What motivates you?
The fact that you never know what tomorrow might bring… the thrill of the unknown.
Knowing too, that the world will always throw a spanner in the works and when it does, it’s up to me to find a solution.
What are your goals and aspirations?
I have always wanted to be an Image Consultant and my goal is to become one before the age of 35. I aspire to change how people look at the world. I would love to host an evening show on TV or Radio… ‘Late Night Chat with Q’.
Who would you most like to meet and why?
Sir Richard Branson. He makes running a company look like fun! Did you know that he has one of his team meetings in a Jacuzzi? It’s the gentleman’s ambition too that makes me want to meet him. After dropping out of high school he started a youth culture magazine called Student. His latest project is the launch of Virgin Galactic, a space tourism project!
What drives you to achieve within your role and how do you do this?
Knowing that there are many South Africans wanting to study and knowing that I, as part of the IQ Academy family, am making a difference by helping people to grow. I get satisfaction when students tell me they have received their books and are able to start their studies.
And finally, is there anything you would like to say to our students and the potential students out there?
Change starts with you! Education is the one thing nobody can take away from you. We live in a volatile world where nothing is certain and the best thing you can do for yourself is to secure an education. I know it may sound like a cliché, but I believe that we need to be the change we want to see. At IQ Academy we Go the Distance to ensure that our students complete their studies. Sir Richard Branson started from nothing and worked hard until he had it all. We too owe it to ourselves to do the impossible.
“Don’t be content with doing only your duty. Do more than your duty. It’s the horse that finishes a neck ahead that wins the race” Andrew Carnegie
Authors: Kim Elliott/Qaqambile Mlonyeni
Editors: Thembakazi Yamiso