In recognition of her outstanding professional achievements and extraordinary service to Go for Gold and her community, Amanda Filtane has been named as the first Honorary Go for Gold Ambassador.
Amanda displayed remarkable leadership qualities at an early age. While at Sophumelela High School in Mitchells Plain, she represented her school and the education district at a number of prominent events. At a time when her personal circumstances were far from ideal, she rose to these challenges with courage and determination.
Amanda’s career is marked with excellence. She completed her Phase Two internship year with NMC (Pty) Ltd before beginning her studies at UCT. At University her hard work and tremendous fortitude were rewarded with a BSc Honours Degree, which she completed in the minimum allowed time.
After graduating she joined the NMC team in Cape Town. She progressed fast and then moved outside of the Western Cape to widen her horizons. Today she is a respected Project Manager at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, North West Province.
Amanda has also excelled in giving back to the community and has made an invaluable contribution to Go for Gold as a founder member of the Alumni Association.
While at UCT she mentored other Go for Gold participants and was a guest speaker at a number of Go for Gold events. During her employment with NMC in the Eastern Cape Amanda and a few colleagues ran a tutoring programme for Grade 12’s. In 2011 she became involved in the establishment of LAMPS, an NGO which assists young people from the townships with tutoring as well as bursary and tertiary applications. She is currently the Director of this worthwhile initiative.
“Amanda has, at great odds and with tremendous resilience, carved a place for herself in a male- dominated field and is a worthy recipient of this award,” said Go for Gold Programme Director, Patti Bruyns.