A mindset transformation journey with VUT alumna, Eve Rasimeni
By: Puleng Maphisa – 01 September 2023
In the hallowed halls of Vaal University of Technology (VUT), a transformative lunchtime networking session took place recently, that left a lasting imprint in the minds of the University’s pre-alumni. The occasion, held by the Alumni Relations Office was graced by the presence of Ms Eve Rasimeni, a VUT alumna and a versatile actress and model acclaimed for her roles in various television dramas and theatre productions. Her visit was not just a mere interaction; it was a turning point that left many students astonished, inspired, and motivated.
Eve’s prominence stems from her starring role as Dikeledi ‘Dikki’ Bakopa on the popular e.TV drama series, “Z’bondiwe.” This breakthrough marked the beginning of a career that would see her shine in diverse characters, including guest appearances in acclaimed series like “eKasi: Our Stories.”
Her journey is a testament to the power of determination and staying true to one’s dreams.
During her visit to VUT, she shared profound insights drawn from her life’s journey, encapsulating her life’s ethos into a simple yet impactful mantra: “Stay loyal to your dreams or die haunted.” This neat statement captures her unyielding dedication to her art, and without a doubt, acting was not just a fleeting desire for her; it was her calling.
Eve recounted a pivotal moment during her high school days that set her on the path to her destiny. It was a classroom speech that she hadn’t prepared for, yet her impassioned delivery captivated her peers and teachers alike. This event led her teacher, recognizing the ember of artistic passion within her, to steer her toward acting instead of her initial choice of becoming a psychologist. From that point on, Eve embarked on a journey of preparation and growth. Her time at VUT was a crucible where her passion met discipline. While studying Public Relations (PR) Management, she also immersed herself in the Viva Valia theatre production, a decision that proved pivotal in shaping her career.
Eve’s dedication during her VUT days is a testament to her unwavering focus. Balancing academics with her theatrical pursuits, she spoke of days when she hardly slept, constantly honing her craft after classes. This dedication, she noted, played a significant role in moulding her into the professional she is today.
In another turning point moment, one of her lecturers, M. Bongi Mokaeane, recognized Eve’s potential and encouraged her to pursue a career in the arts – such mentorship is often instrumental in shaping young minds and guiding them toward their true calling.
However, Eve’s journey wasn’t without its challenges. A setback during her internship forced her to navigate financial constraints, but her determination remained unshaken. Her experiences taught her the importance of individuality and not blindly following the crowd. She stressed that true success comes from embracing one’s uniqueness and purpose.
The actress’s personal life has also been a source of inspiration. As a young mother, she confronted the challenges of pursuing her dreams while raising her son. Her resilience in the face of adversity underscores the importance of determination and support systems.
Eve’s message to young women in varsity resonated deeply. She encouraged them to prioritize their aspirations and temporarily set aside distractions. Her journey of transitioning from studying PR to pursuing acting sheds light on the significance of recognizing one’s passion and embracing it wholeheartedly.
Eve’s visit to VUT became a transformative experience for students. Her story was not just about acting; it was about embracing one’s dreams, persisting in the face of obstacles, and seeking out positive influences. As her words continue to reverberate in the minds of those who heard them, her legacy becomes a beacon of hope, proving that staying loyal to one’s dreams can indeed lead to greatness.