Friday, 16 March 2018

Lebo Molatlhegi: Turning pain into purpose

Lebo Molatlhegi has turned her pain into purpose.

Growing up in Nkogolwe Village, 90km out of Rustenburg, her formative years were filled with despair.

‘‘My childhood was filled with mixed emotions. I grew up in a poverty-stricken family, raised by a single mother who worked at Fields Wear as a store assistant,’’ she told TMTV.

Instead of being downtrodden, the 34-year-old used her circumstances to motivate her. Like many rural kids, Lebo found her way to Johannesburg in search of better opportunities. Unable to complete her studies because of finances, she worked as a secretary at a construction company, learning all she could about the business world. She eventually started her own catering enterprise.

Today the mother of three owns her own communications and events management company and uses her work to inspire others.

Her latest project is called the Beautify Yourself campaign, a series of inspiring workshops to motivate young people and women. The campaign consists of a mentorship programme and socioeconomic skills development.

Lebo has had her own personal ups and downs but says she is motivated by the conditions around her and her offspring:  Bokamoso is 12, Thandolwethu is 7 and Boikarabelo is just 8 months old. Their names mean ‘‘future’’, ‘‘our love’’ and ‘‘responsibility’’.

‘‘As a mother I find it disturbing to have brought my kids into this crazy world,’’ she said.

Lebo’s favourite scriptures:

Isaiah 35:10
and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Isaiah 60:1
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:
    All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
    and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
    your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
    to you the riches of the nations will come.
6 Herds of camels will cover your land,
    young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
    bearing gold and incense
    and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.

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