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Ntombi Langa-Royds

Ntombi Langa-Royds
International Advisory Board Member at USB-ED


Who do you look up to that inspires you most?

I look up to my mother. She is now almost 91 years old and lives with me. She retired as Chief Matron at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in the early 1990s, but not before she attained her BCur degree from Unisa. Her reasoning was that although she had more "amulets" than any registered nurse would ever need or want, she didn't want to be the only one in her family not to have a degree from a reputable university. She comes from a family of seven children.


What is the biggest life lesson you have learnt to date?

I know there is a God in this world and he makes time for everything he has sent you to this world for.


If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?

I would tell myself to grab opportunities with both hands and trust that God is with you, not just sometimes, but all the time. So believe in yourself more and enjoy the ride.


What does leadership mean to you?

It means being willing to and actually walking the journey, hand in hand with others. Being a 'Servant Leader' in its truest form.


If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

I would change the abundance and explosion of the 'greed trait' in human nature. Globally we seem to be living through a really greedy and cruel phase in life.


What does true beauty mean to you?

The energy, hopefulness, sense of safety and comfort expressed in a child's eyes when breastfeeding, or in the early morning as Mother Sun greets us on a clear sunrise.

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