As we kick off the year 2023 with a reflection on all the ups and downs that we faced in 2022, we are most excited and look forward to what this year brings for us. Our theme for 2023 is #CouragetoCelebrate and this is a powerful theme that embodies the spirit of triumph and resilience. Read more about […]
MOT Youth Blogger of the Month: Lusanda Mafenuka
I am Lusanda Mafenuka originally from Eastern Cape residing
in Atlantis, Western Cape. I was born in Gauteng Province and raised in a small
town in Transkei, Eastern Cape called Willowvale. I came to Western Cape to
further my studies and enrolled at West Coast TVET College.
After graduating, I got the opportunity to work as a MOT intern
with MOT South Africa based at West Coast TVET College, Atlantis Campus.
At first, I was nervous as I would need to run the MOT
Programme at our campus, and this would include facilitation and running
regular meetings with the Young MOTivators. I thought that I was not good
enough for them and had a low self-esteem. I decided to read through the MOT
Programmes Manual which was really motivating and gave me the boost I needed!
After a month I got an opportunity to attend one the Young
MOTivators’ Education as a Mentor that is held annually for the youth at TVET
Colleges. Being on the outside and seeing how it affected the youth positively was
a great experience! I took a lot from what was taught and am using it in my
personal life and as a role model to the youth. What stuck with me is showing
courage every day to others and to yourself in 3 different ways – Courage to
live, Courage to Care and Courage to Say No, which are also MOT’s core values. These
3 values taught me to never judge people about their culture or background but
to accept all regardless of who they are and care about them and yourself.
I am grateful to have been a part of MOT and to have met the
MOT Team even if it was only for a short while. MOT will always be in my heart.
I will also always admire the times I spent with the Young MOTivators
at the Young MOTivators’ Education and on campus as well.