Siyamthanda Ndamase is a content creator, brand impactor and a final year student in BA Communication Sciences at Unisa. She is ever-evolving, and has collaborated with some of the biggest, well-respected brands in South Africa. Her brand is targeting the Youth as she is a young voice that is authentic and relatable.
Siyamthanda answered a bunch of random questions for us to provide a glimpse into how she thinks…
What gets you out of bed in the morning and who / what inspires you?
Content gets me out of bed every morning. The thought of coming up with and implementing new ideas to revive the advertising industry gets me up. Creating thumb stopping content that speaks and is relatable to the youth gets me up. As far as who inspires me goes, I look up to my mother. Her work ethic is everything, sometimes I don’t think she is human because of her strength.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
To read minds or to know what the future holds.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
An Elephant because I am strong, intelligent, loyal to any group I work with, and I am unstoppable. I also have features of a tiger, I’m street smart too.
If you could time travel, where would you go and why?
Possibly any time before 2012 and after 2000. I’d actually go back to 2010, South Africa was such a happy country, it was a safe country, the unity we experienced throughout – Africa become one compared to how sad things are right now with Xenophobic attacks, the killing and raping of both women and children. It’s heartbreaking. And I’d go back to 2011 to show more love and appreciation to my late grandmother, to remind her everyday how precious she is but mostly to thank her for all she has done for me and my entire family. For those two moments I’d time travel any day just to hold on to them a little longer.
What are the top 3 countries on your bucket list to visit?
South Africa – My country is so beautiful and there is so much yet to see that I haven’t. Indonesia – for the 1000 islands to explore, and definitely Turkey – so I could hot air-balloon over it’s surreal landscape. And in all these three countries I know I’d get thumb stopping content.
If someone made a movie of your life what would the genre be?
I’d love for it to be a sci-fi because I’m into those type of movies, but due to my past experiences it would probably be a bit of drama and some comedy because I’m able to look back and laugh at some of the dramatic experiences I have gone through.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
Being A Ndamase.
If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be and why?
The Honorable Ms Oprah Winfrey or Mr Barack Obama, firstly I’m sure I sing better than both so I’d beat them at that one thing at least *chuckles* but to be honest I chose them because in between rehearsal breaks I’d ask them for some life lessons. I’d love to know what was going on through the mind of a 24 year old Oprah, or to find out what it actually takes to become a President besides votes.
What is your favorite jam at the moment?
SPIRIT by Beyoncé from The Lion King Album – My Destiny is coming close.
What, in your opinion, is the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV alone?
That I am a writer, I come up with ideas for new Tv shows that could be life changing. I draft them down and how I’d like for them to be produced but they end up stuffed on my notes or emails.
You step outside your house and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning R10 million. What would you do with it?
I would first pay school fees for all of my siblings. Bail out the youth that was arrested for marching for justice because women and children are being killed and raped in our country. I would then book a mini holiday and think about what to do with the rest, but I’d probably start off by donating to the less fortunate, then open a production company with my sister and my best friend. Lastly I would rebrand after I have ticked all my above goals.
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
“Hey Siya, I’m here to teach you how to survive under the conditions I live in, I hear the Advertising Industry is freezing cold” – he would then proceed to tell me he is here to teach me how to survive under any conditions and to adapt.