The new girl

10 January 2020 | People

Mariselle Stofberg

Yandi du Plessis is a vibrant and energetic 21-year-old who not only makes the best coffee, but also recently joined the Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) family.

“I just finished a three-year degree in Language and Literary Studies at the North-West University in Potchefstroom. I was very fortunate to study with a NMH bursary, and it definitely motivated me to work hard and finish my degree.”

Even though work can sometimes be overwhelming, Du Plessis believes in the importance of time management.

“It’ss also very important to maintain a healthy balance between your academics and your social life. Take some personal time to get rid of stress.”

Du Plessis is currently employed as a journalist at Republikein and My Zone. “In future, I hope to establish myself as a sub-editor. But at the moment, I’m trying to adapt to the working environment and get to know my colleagues. I enjoy writing short stories in my spare time and hopefully I can start doing that again soon.”

Though young, Du Plessis hopes to prove herself to her older, more experienced co-workers. “I want to make all the people who invested in my academic career, especially my parents, proud. I want to use everything I have learnt to the best of my ability.”

Apart from her passion for languages, Du Plessis wants to make a real difference within her community. “If I could change anything in the world, I would make all sanitary products for women (and toilet paper) free. I also want to put an end to animal abuse.”

Motivated by a quote by Samuel Beckett, Du Plessis never allows the fear of failing to keep her from reaching her full potential. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”