What’s your passion? Rural development. There are two countries in South Africa, an urban country and a rural country. Lots has been done in urban areas and now we need economic development rurally.
What change are you keen to drive? The bad economic status in rural areas.
How are you driving change?
- ‘Youth with Vision’: creating an economic hub for rural people through an existing community centre that was built by government 15 years ago but has never properly functioned.
- An economic development project with multi-stakeholders on some family land that we have just won back after lodging a landclaim in 1998.
How has ACTIVATE! supported you so far in driving this change? They helped me know myself and be strategic in what I need to do. It has connected me to a network, which is very powerful for anyone wanting to be a leader.
What do you think is the priority in setting the agenda for our country over the next five years? Education and entrepreneurship.Education widens one’s mind, and entrepreneurship can help create jobs. Youth need to do away with the government entitlement syndrome and be proactive.
How do you motivate yourself? I have a mindset of: While I still have my energy, let me do it now. I like to be out there and making things happen so I find things to do.
Final comment? Being an Activator means there’s no room for complacency, for moaning; you just need to make things happen. I come from a royal family and my vision for my family, especially with this piece of land, is that they will be able to comprehend the magnitude of work that comes with their responsibility.