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ANKARIEN OELOFSE CEO & FOUNDER

Life Story

 

I am the founder and CEO of Table View Angels NPC – a non-profit organization based on a mentorship model. The concept is unique in that it matches multiple mentors to a mentee to provide maximum benefit. Our divisions include assisting vulnerable families, trauma support, therapy, protecting children, Youth entrepreneurship, GBV support and school feeding program. This is inclusive in terms of accepting all individuals for an all-encompassing mentoring program with the vision of ‘A Hand Up, not a Handout’. All my philanthropic efforts have been directed to empowering, influencing, and energizing women. I fight hard to remove the stigma of mental illness and to help those suffering through life hardships.

Through my own life struggles (YouTube link attached), survival and overcoming, life enables me to mentor and advocate for not just women’s success, but all who are vulnerable and professional fulfilment as well as the care of the vulnerable. I am also a member of City of Cape Town Ward committee 107 where I advocate for all vulnerable groups. This is the decade for women to drive change. Therefore, it is now so important to empower women to be seen, heard, and valued and I feel that I encompass all of this.

We also need role models – to learn from each other and to help motivate others. It is time our city acknowledges this and offer rewards for those going beyond – stop apologizing and people-pleasing. We receive no funding from our government or City and must constantly reinvent ourselves to live our passion. To build a community which could be our support network – a safe space and youth centre to share learnings and own our fears.
A woman is who defies all odds, reverses stereotypes and is not afraid of showing up as her true authentic self. Unapologetic and fiercely confident in her abilities. Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do something because you are a girl – I have dedicated my life to serving my community. Nothing is impossible for me. Table View Angels NPC that has fed and clothed 1000’s of vulnerable families over the years. I look at families in need in a holistic way and offers counselling, youth empowerment, trauma support, child safety care and GBV support.

I have recently become an Ambassador Against Bullying winning the Western Cape region for Catwalk models and the Anti-Bullying Academy and look forward to being s spokesperson for them. I have also been crowned as Advocate against GBV which is a subject I don’t take lightly. Currently running as a finalist in South African Heroes Award 2023 and my future vision is to write an autobiography about Survival and Overcoming.

My Passions go deep: Inspiring, Equipping, Motivating, Encouraging, Educating and Uplifting Women in general of all Cultures, Religions and Walks of Life. I love doing community work by assisting young women and girls becoming their best version, spreading kindness, and empowering each other. I firmly believe in Gender Equality and that women can bring to the table a feminine uniqueness that can complement the male dominated industries without the loss of the masculinity of men and rather collaborate with men in building a powerful relationship for the future benefit of our younger generations.

❖ “Women are warriors, and every day we are fighting battles no one else knows about.” – Unknown

Awards Received by Ankarien

  • Current nominee of Woman of Change award
  • She Inspires Global Finalist
  • Runner up SA Hereos Awards
  • Advocate Against Bullying – Catwalk Models 2023 Ambassador Against Bullying – Western Cape 2023
  • Panache Woman of Wonder Award 2022
  • Universal Woman of Inspiration finalist Olympus International Awards Hera Award 2022
  • Hero Accolade from CoCT 2020
  • Mayoral award from Mayor of Cape Town, 2021 – Woman Empowerment

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Woman of Change Award 2024

Current Finalist We are excited to tell you that you have been selected as a finalist for the following categories: EMERGING WOMAN, HUMANITARIAN IMPACT, DUCHESS OF YORK UNSUNG HERO 2024, People’s Choice – Humanitarian Impact! and NON PROFIT

Local woman named as a finalist for Global Awards – Press Release: Ankarien Oelofse of Table View Angels NPC has been selected as a finalist for the 2024 Women Changing the World Awards.

The Women Changing the World Awards presented by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favorite guest, Dr. Tererai Trent, celebrate and recognize women achieving outstanding success in areas such as sustainability, humanitarian work, leadership, advocacy, tech, product development, education, health, and innovation.

The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who are leading the way in making the world a better place for us all and inspire other women to answer the call to take action. Dr. Trent explains, “These exceptional women are here to awaken hearts, give permission to recapture dreams and inspire the women of the world to come together to forge a brighter path for all. The rising of women is the awakening of everybody.”

Ankarien is the founder and CEO of Table View Angels NPC, with a strong focus on empowering and uplifting women, her philanthropic efforts are dedicated to removing the stigma of mental illness, supporting vulnerable communities, and advocating for those facing life’s hardships. Embracing the vision of ‘A Hand Up, not a Handout,’ she is committed to building a community that serves as a support network and safe space for all, offering counselling, youth empowerment, trauma support, food security, upskilling, teaching, mental health, and gender-based violence support. 

Her dedication to community service extends to various initiatives, including volunteering at various other organizations and advocating against bullying and gender-based violence. This work is so important because her past is a testament to the resilience and strength that lies within each one of us, despite the pain and suffering one has endured. Her journey comes from darkness and despair to one of empowerment and advocacy. From the shadows of childhood to the depths of trauma and abuse, she emerged a warrior for change. Her unwavering resolve to survive, overcome and to speak out for those still in darkness. Through her struggles starting as child, teen and adult abuse, addiction, homelessness, rape, self-harm and suicide attempts, and mental illness, she overcame and have found the power to transform pain into purpose, fear into courage, and despair into hope. 

She was a victim and now she is a survivor. Dr. Trent’s vision for these awards is to empower women everywhere to reclaim their sacred dreams and call in women across the globe to unite and pave the way towards a better future for all. It can be challenging to create change in the world and Ankarien gives her advice for others thinking about following their calling to make a difference: The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better. Don’t follow people, follow your passion. Find your passion and you will find your people. Ankarien is proud of her achievements, in the last 12 months she has most importantly changed many people’s lives, which is her biggest achievement. Awards Received by Ankarien: 1st Runner up in SA Heroes Award Community services, Finalist SheInspires Global Award Category: SheRo. Global Advocate Against GBV and Ambassador Against Bullying – Catwalk Models 2023 working title holder and attributes this success to her passion for the vulnerable and her walk in Faith and Prayer. 

She is committed to continuing to make an impact through her work and her vision for the future is to grow Table View Angels NPC and some future humanitarian projects she will be starting. Read the complete finalist list at wcwawards.com/finalists The winners of the 2024 Women Changing the World Awards will be announced at the Women Changing the World Global Summit and Awards in London, United Kingdom on 25 May 2024. 


1st Runner up in SA Heroes Award 2023

I am so happy, humbled and grateful to have received this news from South African Heroes Awards that I was 1st Runner up in my category. Thank you for the honour South African Heroes Awards

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • 2ND RUNNER UP: SIYONQOBA SIMUNYE FOUNDATION
  • 1ST RUNNER UP: ANKARIEN OELOFSE
  • WINNER: MOKGELE FOUNDATION

Advocate Against GBV Catwalk Models International

I am doing my motivation in a form of a letter to GBV. This includes all forms of abuse and the people who hurt me. The letter is addressed to GBV as an entity form me.

Dear GBV,

I have spent many years asking myself what I would tell you if I had the chance. I have forgiven you, but I have never spoken to you about what you did. I have forgiven, but never will forget. I know I am in control and much stronger than you ever thought I was. For so long I have been so broken but piece by piece God has mended my soul that you destroyed, those many years ago. Despite all those years, you told me I wouldn’t amount to anything… to your dismay I did make something of myself.

As a little girl, you lingered in the shadows and had your gaze at me. Night after night I heard my dad and Mom fight. Lying still in bed I was wondering if this is normal in other families, as it became a norm for me. My dad left when I was 12 and I have never seen him again, because YOU GBV and your alcoholic side kick, destroyed my family.
At age 13 GBV, you weren’t glancing at me anymore. You had your full eyes on me. My mother remarried and I knew from the start that I didn’t like my stepdad. I was told to accept the situation which I did. Here GBV, you also brought your sidekick alcohol with you. You wanted to destroy me as a teenager because for 5 years YOU abused me physically and emotionally. The scars and bruises, bloody scratches where you used your fists and my face as a punching bag.

You invited your brother Bully to the party as well and I was bullied into covering marks and not telling my mother. You were supposed to love, protect, and cherish me. Did it make you feel stronger leaving black and blue bruises all over my body? Did you enjoy crushing my already broken spirit? Did you find pleasure in watching blood and tears stream down my face? Your coward ways of saving your abuse for an audience of one show who you really are.

I couldn’t wait to get out the house and went to Uni and then got a great job in another city, living on my own with a second part time job as waitress/ bar lady.

Here GBV, you told your sidekick Alcohol that I was an easy target, as you have done the groundwork in my childhood. Drinking became a problem for me.

I remember that night I walked home from work and as I reached my front door, YOU were there. Grabbing me from back, you had me on the ground, and you were strangling me. Just before I passed out, someone ran to assist, and I was hospitalised. You took my bag with everything important in. I nearly died that night.

Not long after this, you broke into my flat while I was sleeping and with a knife to my throat, you took my everything. My prized saxophone given by my granny upset me badly. You forced yourself into my life over and over. Did you enjoy torturing me GBV?

You made me feel worthless, ashamed, lonely, unlovable, and so much more, words cannot describe. I used to always be running 100 miles per hour trying to find the direction that would hurt less. All those years you told me, “You just don’t know when to stop, you keep pushing my buttons.” “I treat you exactly as you deserve. It is your fault for making me so mad.” “You are making me look bad, you are so stupid.” “I can’t stand to look at you right now, you disgust me.” “You brought this on yourself, I’d treat you better if you deserved it, but this is all your fault.”

I had to escape, and I left the country to go work in the UK, BUT you followed me.

I was in a pub one night with a group of people. When closing time came YOU grabbed a life changing opportunity and when the one guy said let’s all go to his house around the corner for drinks and invited me to walk ahead with him to get everything ready, I agreed. GBV, you raped me that night, I said No and Stop over again and could only escape through a window in the morning. I felt dirty and blamed myself for going, ashamed, silent, but what I know now is that I was not to be blamed, YOU were.

Can I ask you…Did you delight in physically and sexually stripping away my integrity? Was it easier because I was drinking, and your abuse had no visible scars? The pain you caused me with your invasive dagger runs deeper than any physical scar you could have left. Did it make you feel more powerful to rape someone? That night you raped me you took a part of my soul that I will never get back. I was not your property to do whatever you wanted. You caused me PTSD, depression and much more which I didn’t speak of, and your buddy Alcohol had a field day with me.

I got my life back on track in another city and even got a boyfriend. I was content, but YOU would not let go of me. Always there and always looking for an opportunity.

You came home late that night and started fighting with me. You had taken drugs and you pushed me against the wall and then to the floor. As I tried to leave, you pushed me down a flight of stairs. I was unconscious and woke up in hospital with broken nose, cheekbones, shoulder and my face was blue and purple. You withdrew my only funds I had in my account and left my belongings at the hospital. You are a coward and you disappeared. With no funds and bad injuries, I had nobody to help, I was in a strange country, and I landed up on the streets of London for 4 months in winter.

Everything you did in my life GBV and so much more you are guilty of caused my life to become unbearable with 8 suicide attempts. Isn’t that what you wanted? My life?

My life changed. I am 19 years sober and fulfilling my dreams of helping people to overcome and survive. I would never want anybody to go through what I did alone.

I was sick of staying silent but now I have found my voice.

I learned years ago that I deserved peace, happiness and more importantly to be safe. You abandoned your rights to me the first time you raised your hand to me. I am a different woman today. I am a warrior. You can’t break me. I will fight you and I advocate for your victims. You don’t scare me. You are nothing, but corruption and I was determined to rise above it. I never gave up.

The love I have for those still suffering is endless. You come into their childhood, their innocence, self- worth, and sense of security. I am here to stop you GBV! Piece by piece and through God’s grace I have been able to put some souls back together. They will never have to wonder their worth because unlike you I’ve always put them first. I am not sure I can say I am over what you did to me, and I know you simply don’t care that it will take years to heal. You have taught them that love is conditional. I hope for that you are held accountable to the highest degree.

Sometimes I think about the saying that time heals everything, and it does. One can heal and forgive, but one can never forget. However, what I do know is that loving yourself is not just a cliché. I have come to realize what loving myself truly means. Thank you for showing me that I am worth being saved and that I am not a reflection of what you did to me. I am not the worthless as you made me feel and I am refusing to stay that broken woman begging on her knees. I am an overcomer, survivor, and Warrior Woman. The damaged goods I use to see in my reflection are no longer there. Real love sees them differently, real love sees perfection.

I will tell my story to the world because you lost! I can’t end off with Regards, so…. Watch me coming for YOU!

Ankarien

Finalist SheInspires Global Award November 2023

This special SHEro Award is to celebrate and shine a light on women who are an inspiration everyday. This award will also recognise women who despite disabilities (physical or mental) inspire by their positive contribution to the community, workplace, family or just her own life.