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