Story by: Motsieng Mooketsi
Matlosana(Klerksdorp): As the world was celebrating the International Nelson Mandela Day, “The City of people on the move” had it’s fair share of community service and different organizations and people came together to lend a helping hand to the not so fortunate within the City of Matlosana.
Nelson Mandela once made a call for young people to carry the baton of leadership in changing lives in South Africa and across the world, with this year’s theme being the Action Against Poverty a campaign which is the brain child of The Nelson Mandela Foundation that continues to carry the late Statesman’s legacy forward through an array of community upliftment projects such as sanitary pads for young girls around the country, the Nelson Mandela’s children’s fund which has raised more than a billion rands to build the Nelson Mandela’s children hospital in Johannesburg.
Most of the work that is done during the Mandela Day celebrations include cleaning of parks, revamping of schools, early childhood development centres, feeding the homeless, donating clothes and giving away blankets and many more.
But for a group of young people from Matlosana and Ventersdorp did their Mandela Day celebrations in a unique way. Bloyta an organization of more than 10 members hosted a “Interactive dialogue” of public speaking at the Klerksdorp Museum. The movement which was established in 2015 has grown from strength to strength and promises to bring more of such events in the city. The organization is all about expanding knowledge and growth amongst young people. This youth owned enterprise empowers other youth through self development programmes and a solution orientated approach to transformation in all aspects of life.
Bloyta has seen a phobia or a problem which most people suffer from in their lives, that is that of lacking the confidence to stand up infront of a group of people to speak freely, this problem starts from a young age and can affect people well into their adulthood.
One of it’s founders “Gape” says his ambition made him have a burning desire to establish this organization “I used walk from one place to another just to ensure that Bloyta becomes a reality, I didn’t care if I had money for transport or not, I went where I was supposed to go on foot”
A number of activities took place at the event, as some of its founding members like Lucy Tsotetsi and Nontsikelelo Ntozonke spoke of how being part of Bloyta changed them from being introverts to being extroverts and public speakers of note. Entrepreneurs were also given an opportunity to speak about their businesses and entrepreneurship,”Matsobane Tisane” who owns a gymnasium called Bad Self Athletics which deals with fitness and health, “Bad Self is more than just a fitness centre says Tisane, the name of the fitness centre is inspired by how people always want others to do and be how they want them to be, so we are sending a massage that people should not change who they are for anyone instead they should use these bad remarks as leverage to better themselves”
Mr Mpho Jeffrey Molapisi from the Department of Culture Arts and Traditional Affairs was present to give a massage of support to the attendees of the event. Other speakers include Mathabo Mabote, Neol Kubwalo of Black Bird media, Joel Sekorobele, Neo Thabana and Keaobaka Mokoena.