Discover your purpose session titled “POWER OF PURPOSE” took place on Saturday in Mamelodi West, Pretoria with a local radio presenter Daisy Diamond Tlailana, Kakgiso Monyemonwa with an assistant from Kutlwano Zimu.
“It was a educative session where we were talking about purpose, how to align your passion with purpose and how to orchestrate ways of living a purpose driven life”, said Daisy Tlailana.
Young people from the community including local speakers, Howard Zondo (Author of Young Black and Powerful book), Edmond Masemola, and Nkosinathi gathered for the discussion and concluded that purpose it is within each and everyone one of them, everyone who attended seemed to have their own desires and had own definitions of purpose. Everyone needed to leave a mark in their lives for future purposes.
During her speech Daisy said, “Purpose is unique to each one of us, we can only learn from each other but can’t adopt the purposes of others, we must all discover our own”.
The youth gave a positive feedback to the session and said they learned something new that is going to propel them as a way forward, some even managed to discover their purpose that day after a short introspection was done as part of the day activity.The youth gave a positive feedback to the session and said they learned something new that is going to propel them as a way forward, some even managed to discover their purpose that day after a short introspection was done as part of the day activity.
“I’m glad young people were participating and were very interested and I feel that such events are very relevant to us as young people and I’m glad we are making progress as the youth of Mamelodi and finally drifting away from all the negativity around our region”, said Kgakgiso Monyemonwa.
Daisy said she has realised many young people are busy doing something with their lives, yet half of the work they do is not aligned with their purpose, such events are a wake up call to people who are not living to their fullest potential. She urged that events of this nature should be done to help others discover their purpose.
“Quitting” does not exist in my world, Declares Empress SA 2019 warrior princess finalist!
Annikie Rabohlale, a 20 years-old Empress South Africa 2019, Warrior Princess, finalist from Mamelodi west, D5 urge young South Africans to stand a take a lead. She grew up in a village in Limpopo called Ga-Matlala Mmathongoana.
Annikie describes herself as an extrovert loving, amiable, persuasive, adores challenge and curious. She is a contending for Empress South Africa 2019 as a Worrior Princess, finalist, studying a BA in journalism degree and do radio presenting part -time with DeepGroove Radio.
Annikie believes that women can lead, they have a lot of power and influence. “As a daughter, sister and future mother, I believe that as women we have the power and influence we need, thus I’d urge us to take a responsibility to nuture and grow our sons to become dignified, to behave and protect women”.
According to the website, Empress South Africa is the first and largest online based beauty contest in the world. Empess SA is a powerful influencer network in SA using the Beauty with Brains & Purpose platform.
Annikie mentioned that although she has always been enthusiastic and driven, Empress South Africa has thoroughly refined her into a women she is today, by granting her an opportunity to empower and be empowered. “It has instilled me with an “Eagle” nature. I stand and deal! I’m no longer fearful, rejection and criticism are my best friends because if you never fail you will never win. Quiting does not exixt in my world”, said Annikie.
Annikie is own inspirator and her mother is her role model. On her statement she said: “seeing her pulling the stunts she’s pulling to secure our basic needs at home and playing a the father role simultaneously has made her believe that a woman is the full circle and within them there is power to create, nurture and transform.
Words of motivation from Annikie “Young girl stand up and deal, the world owes you nothing, look within and give yourself anything your soul is yawning for and make yourself a priority and it does not matter where you are coming from, you are not a product of your circumstances but of your decision”.
Sister’s Seminar Foundation and Family of Christ together hosted an event on Saturday with a purpose to empower young women. The team believes that it is their responsibility to take charge and give back to the community, not only in Mamelodi but in South Africa as a whole. About 250 community members including youth turned up for the event.
“We saw that our youth needs a good motivation in their lives, so that is why we deiced to do a seminar”, said the Founder of Sisters Seminar, Thapelo Makopo.
The seminar was established in 2018 in August, first seminar annual huge amount of people turned up, about 150 and they decided to continue with the seminar. “Our aim for this year, 2019 was to focus on both genders, and the youth, to empower them with a theme Youth Empowerment Seminar Gender Base Violence, Business Session and Motivation since well we have victims of gender base and connections in business, we know people who are doing business in their lives, we know motivational speakers , that is why we decided to come with other angle that will pull many people to the event”, said the Thapelo Makopo.
He added that the Seminars that are hosted in August are to empower youth to show them that is it possible, doesn’t matter where they are coming from but what matters the most is where you’re going with your life.
Speakers from various places came to support as well as to participate at the seminar. Speakers such as Thulani Mphahlele, Sfiso, Happy Simelane, Nontlantla V, Thato Nyathi, Pear Miss Africa 2019, Glen Lee-Jones, Mangi, Aobakwe, Mangi, Letlotlo, Prof Bishop Dipuo, Howard Zondo, Mr Mbelengwa, Oratilwe Mashigo, as well as poets including: Sharon Sindane, Katheliah, Mpendulo, Tumisho Rabalao, Banetse, Promise, Sister Hlogs, Mpendulo Skhosana and Buhle. Some of the speakers touched on the issue of gender base, some were there to motivate the youth and some to entertain them. Vukani Mawethu Choir participated in the event as well as Clique Crew, Ekzotic music group took initiative to perform on stage. Other participants such us Charity Masha, Future Miss SA Ambassador, Thando Chabalala, Miss Mamelodi 2019 and Khutso Matlala, Miss Teen SA Finalist & Miss Damelin were there to support the Sisters Seminar event.
“You were born with a purpose that the wold cannot do without” said Glen Leece-Jones, one of the motivational speakers of the day.
“When I got on stage, with my Empress sash, everyone wondered what does she have in store for us, and I had everything positive and my level of confidence spoke volumes. They were amused and they gave me an impression that we depend on you Annikie, you are a future leader, not only on the impression but the comments I got after that. I was asked to speak on the spur of the moment and still without worrying about preparations I owed it!”, said Annikie Rabohlale, Empress SA Finalist.
She added and said that she felt proud of the Seminar because the township like Mamelodi didn’t really have such as empowerment sessions like seminars, the only thing that Mamelodi is known for is turning up at Clubs or Tarvens and such things so seeing different women from different dimension of lives, backgrounds from different cultures and beliefs coming together to empower one another, to encourage success, and where we are headed as a country we know that haven’t accumulated everything that we are yearning for, that I saw on Saturday is promising one can affirm that indeed the future looks bright because we are in an era where women believe in themselves, where they believe is not enough until they stand up to themselves so I personally felt proud and empowered by sisters standing together and planning on how to take each other through to the bright future.
Pastor in his statement said that the event was educational and encourages to go fetch that dream, “As Sisters Seminar Foundation and Family of Christ host this kind of seminar every year, we think of hosting very often so we can empower young people and we are thinking that it should be a national road show where people can be educated about self-worth”, said Pastor Raphokoane.
The founder, Thapelo Makopo and his team of 15 members organised the event with their own money and with help from Street VIP, Mamelodi Sundowns and Mamz Grill bar with T-shirts. He said they are planning to have another seminar next year, 15 August 2020.
Founder and Director, Thabang Ngobeni and Deputy Director, Lebohang Malefane from Mamelodi East formed an NGO called Student Motives in 2015 with the aim to promote reading and also other forms of literature in the community. The organisation is currently running with a team of six members.
“Through our background and how we were raised as well as the struggle we see in the society, we want to tackle challenges and make change, we want to produce free thinkers, promote critical decision makers, we want to create a new forms of fighting drugs and substance abuse”, said Thabang Ngobeni, Director and Founder of the organisation.
He added that they want to enhance young thinking abilities and create a community of believers and innovators.
The NGO has before created programs where they donated clothes and school shoes to Matimba Community Care Centre, Cleaned the community clinic and Stanza Bopape High School, donated books at Ekhaya Lami Le Themba in Soshanguvhea and donated two wheelchairs to Itumeleng Monareng from Mamelodi East RDP.
The Director and Founder says in few years’ time they want to see their NGO as one of the leading NGO’s in the industry with fresh, creative and innovative initiatives. He added they are hoping to receive funds this year 2019, to donate toys and shoes during the festive season.
For any donation please contact Thabang Ngobeni on: 064 695 1555, or email him at: email@example.com
The initiative called Queendom was launched on Saturday in Mamelodi West, Naledi Push Us Lifestyle with a purpose to develop young women who are slightly fighting battles, dealing with teen parenting and seeking to be young leaders.
“My event was about helping young people discover their purpose and unleash their potential”, said Daisy Diamond Tlailana.
She added that her goal is to see young people participating in such event that will elevate their reasoning capacity, and level of intellect and also to see them gaining knowledge and becoming leaders they wish to be.
People across the country including Pearl Nthehi (Miss South Africa), Santram Blair, Daisy Kgopa and Angela Khubheka (Mamelodi Sundowns team representatives).
Daisy was sponsored by the owner of Push us Lifesyle, Miss Traucia. “The turn out was more than what i have expected as I started marketing the event late and people were also not familiar with the place i was hosting the event, I couldn’t have a source of communication with people who were coming as i lost my phone a week before the event took place”, said Daisy Diamond Tlailana.
When Junior Stephen Baloyi, an entrepreneur from Pretoria, Mamelodi launched SJAY ARTWORKS with a slogan titled “BRINGING VISION TO LIFE” in 2016, he wanted to create a niche business which was to make posters for local businesses around Mamelodi. He did not make money in the first place and wanted his work to be seen by his potential customers. He then started running events with a team around Mamelodi.
“We used to host events at one of the pubs in Mamelodi west but I then thought is not really what I want to do, we all had different ideas and visions and goals and people don’t know what you actually looking for. We later formed an event company management called divergence and collaborated with few others around Mamelodi but I later left the group, said Junior Baloyi.
If we were to sell different ideas in Mamelodi we would all be successful entrepreneurs. The problem with being an entrepreneur especially in Mamelodi, is that we do not support each other financially although you learn what to do and what not to do in business in the end. I’ve learned to have my own code of conduct for my company to avoid people taking advantage especially when coming to payments. He mentioned that he has gained a lot of exposure in the industry and even learned how to be a DJ, events marketing, Own HR and branding. That has helped him to find himself of a massive brand and poster making that has been growing far beyond his original vision. He’s rolling with it adapting right alongside his one-man company.
Junior has been in the industry for 3 years. He still pursue doing more to develop others in Mamelodi and to get his business abroad. “My work motivates me, I believe more in putting words into a picture and seeing my work out there inspire me to do more”, said Junior. He had people who mentored him throughout his journey, although he has done most of the work to get himself at a peak and some of those people were very inspirational to him, one of them being Ron Epidemic who is a producer and produced for popular artists. He influenced him positively in the journey and that tough Junior perseverance and humbleness.
“My sense of focus helped me to be where I am today, responsibilities made me want to be in this business and work for someone at the same time, I always thought it wasn’t enough to live off. I invest more time and money in myself and company to generate more income”, said Junior.
Junior says for those who pursue being in the same business, grasp your skill, everyone has their own way of designing things, use your own designing skills, get your skills right and don’t be in it for money! In few months time, he said he will want to see himself having his own space of work and have a team to work with.
Howard Zondo, Mamelodi based young author will be publishing his second book titled “Lessons From A Domestic Worker”.
The book will be released on the 30th of March 2019. When Mamelodi Happenings approached the author and asked what this book is about, his answer was “The book is birthed with an idea that our struggles are the symbols of hope.
We are connected by hardship because without them there would be no communal goal to seek better lives”. This includes issues of employment, fatherless, recession in the economy and children becoming parents.
Background Information By Howard Zondo
I am raised by bottles she used to pick up in a club. I grew up unprivileged and never had a place called home. I am sharing lessons that I believe children and parents can implement to change their circumstances.
The Tricky Part
The challenges were having to share the pain he gone through and struggles that were deeply connected to him and his fear that it might be too soon to share. This is the part of his life that he lived and he’s hoping that with his story shared many will be liberated.
Lesson one is the most favorable chapter because it incorporate all the struggles and also motivation that pushed him to fight hard and shift from the hardship. He was emotional when sharing the story as he kept this from himself.
Why You Should Buy This Book
Howard Zondo made it clear that we all face crisis in life and at times we wonder what purpose they serve into our lives.
This lessons are given to you as a blessing and will surely benefit you no matter where you coming from.
I’m excited to let you know that you are also recommended to write your own book but Zondo’s advice is research first before starting the process and have a unique content. “Great books are not defined by the length of pages but rather the fulfillment of ideas and original intent of it”, said Howard Zondo.