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Amanda Filtane

In an attempt to obtain a better education, Amanda Filtane left her family home in Vredenburg to attend High School in Cape Town when she was just 13.  She registered at Sophumelela High School in Mitchell’s Plain and moved from one house to the next, until a teacher took pity on her and helped her find a more stable home with a friend, who’d recently lost her family. In her Grade 10 year her father passed away, leaving her mother, who worked as a street cleaner, to provide for her family of seven. Amanda really was all alone. She was introduced to Go for Gold and once accepted into the programme worked hard in Phase 1 to improve her marks.  She achieved a Matric Bachelor’s Pass in 2006 and went on to serve her Phase 2 year at construction company NMC.  She entered Phase 3 of the Go for Gold programme at the University of Cape Town, from where she graduated with a BSc Honours in Construction Management. Despite the difficulties and challenges she has faced, Amanda’s strength of character has fuelled her determination to succeed.  Recently she took up a position in project management at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and now has her sights set on further certification with the SACPCMP (SA Council for Project and Construction Management Professions) and one day hopes to be a Director of Buildings and Projects. But fulfilling her own career ambitions is not enough for this Go for Gold alumnus.  She’s also established an NPO in the Eastern Cape called LAMPS which provides tutoring for young children on Saturday mornings and is also a member of Go for Gold’s alumni steering committee and board.