Vuyisile Kubeka is a former semi-martial artist, writer and deputy editor of both Y-Not Culture and IRAWA Post. She wears all these hats while completing her Communication Science Degree at the University of the Free State, well, we might have a jack of all trades. She was born in BETHLEHEM in the FREE STATE, raised in QWA-QWA – a place so comely, her beauty of countryside mountains scream exotically from dawn till dusk.
Now based in the BLOEMFONTEIN whirlwind, Vuyi – as she is called – spends her free time “on the internet doing who knows what,” she says with her tongue in her cheek, literally, giving me a hint that she most likely have a deadline coming down the pike. Vuyi looks every part a contemporary walking ark, she’s amicable and seems to be a good sport and escape in her circles. This is how she describes her life at the moment:
“My Life is at a weird point. Most of the time its a mess, the rest of the time, I’m still trying to figure it out!”
Great, a perfect formula for a writer! “Writing, truthfully speaking, it’s the only thing I can call my own,” she admits.
This sister is also an active congregant of Christian Revival Church in different ministries such as Homecell, which empowers through praise and worship. It’s an intimate form of followership aimed at deepening people’s understanding of sermons and biblical teachings, and dealing with issues like personal testimonies, religious obligations, self-esteem and social relations among others. “It’s something close to my heart,” she tells me.
“I still get butterflies every time. I treat every meeting as though my pastor was to walk in. It has become an extension of myself,” she says.
Before I can jump in and ask her to share some coffee, Vuyi tell me that there are missions she’s got to complete, but not before turning into the campus beverage store, named Treats, and complimenting the coffeine fragrance inviting us in.
I also realise that she’s taking the pace in planning a FAREAST STUDY Tour, to Singapore and Bangkok she says. Vuyi says that planning for this trip doesn’t feel any different from her first ever trip and traveling in general, whether in or outside the continent, it’s eye opening.
“You get to be appreciative of what you have and the people around you. On the other hand, it stretches your thinking. You get to see more to life than what you experience around you and that you and your country have the pontential to do way more. I’m also aware of the fact that I am very privileged to travel” she says, before ordering a cup of caffè mocha coupled with a goodbye exchange.