Mishka Patel describes herself as small town girl turned TV Presenter, Motivational Speaker, Emcee, Health and Fitness Enthusiast, Entrepreneur and Business Owner.
Coming from a small and disadvantaged community, Mishka knew she had to be self-motivated and hard working to achieve or receive anything that she wanted. She continued to push herself and dream big:
“The sky is not the limit, the sky is only the beginning. No life is ever too small and no dream is ever too big. If you think you can, you CAN!”
Mishka has a few titles under her belt, ranging from being a Miss South Africa 2014 top 12 Finalist, a Miss Veet 2014 runner-up, a Miss Earth South Africa 2014 Top 10 Finalist and a Top 10 Finalist on Presenter Search on SABC 3 2015, which landed her a presenting job on SABC 3 and her current role as a Pasella TV Presenter, on SABC 2.
Mishka Patel is a hard-working, self-aware, active citizen always doing her best to give back to her community. She aspires to inspire the youth.
Welcome to the MOT family, Mishka. Your courageous, go-getter attitude is what makes you a great ambassador for our MOT youth.
Siya Kolisi (full name Siyamthanda Kolisi) is a DHL Stormers rugby player and a proud family man.
Siya grew up in a small township in Port Elizabeth. At the age of 12, he impressed scouts at a youth tournament in Mossel Bay and was offered a scholarship at Grey Junior in PE, but that was just the beginning for the young rugby super star. In 2015, Siya fought his way into both the Stormers and the Springbok frame.
Siya had a tough upbringing and is therefore aware of the struggles the youth in South Africa face today. He is proud and humbled by the opportunities he has received and does whatever he can to give back to the youth in his community.
Siya’s family of five includes; his wife, Rachel, son Nick and Siya’s half-siblings, Liyema and Liphelo.
Both family and youth development are very important to Siya and he hopes that his new journey with the MOT family will fuel, motivate and inspire the MOT youth to positively influence others.
Siya shares his message of inspiration to the youth:
“Dream it, believe it and you can make it or achieve it, no matter who says you can’t! Only you can stop yourself! How’s that?! Your past shouldn’t determine your future but you can use your past as your motivation and drive to be whatever you want to be in life!”
Robin Banks is one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of Mind Power and Personal Mastery. He is a highly-sought after International Speaker and has spoken to CEO’s and Senior Management from Global Fortune 500 companies.
He is a prolific speaker and presenter. People from all walks of life, from shelf packers to CEO’s have been transformed and inspired by Robin’s presentations.
Robin has travelled and studied abroad in the “Art of Communication” and “Understanding Group Dynamics”. He has also studied under internationally recognized trainers like Anthony Robbins, author of “The Giant Within” and John Kehoe, author of international best-seller “Mind Power into the 21st Century”. Robin has been personally selected, trained and mentored by John Kehoe to present his internationally renowned Mind Power course. More than 1 million people globally have been inspired by his various talks, workshops and presentations.
He has a very diverse background in construction, sales and retail, and it was in 1995 that he discovered his passion for people development while working as Programme Director for The RALI Project, a rich and dynamic multicultural youth leadership programme.
Robin is a great advocate for our youth and we are truly proud to have him on board as a MOT Brand Ambassador.
Carl Wastie has a strong interest in empowering the youth in South Africa, which brought him opportunities to present on SABC 2’s Youth show called “Hectic Nine 9” every Friday, as well as SABC 3’s Expresso Morning Show.
Carl is a creative young mind who enjoys working in the radio and entertainment industry. He is passionate, energetic, youthful, innovative and sincere which perfectly embodies MOT and what we are trying to achieve with the youth.
Anything to do with youth development and empowerment ignites Carl’s passion for helping people. Carl is enthusiastic and eager to motivate and inspire the MOT youth as a MOT Brand Ambassador.
Welcome to the team, Carl Wastie. We look forward to using your energy and passion to develop and support our young people.
Professional speaker, Simon Ekin has been a British Army Officer, a photo-journalist, a waiter, a game-keeper’s assistant, a planter of onions and chicken-coop cleaner. He has also cycled 13,000 kilometres from Cape Town to the UK! Talk about showing courage!
Simon has specialized in people and leadership development for over 30 years, speaking at more than a thousand events. Simon speaks, coaches and trains people and organisations to be more effective, productive and purposeful. He works nationally and internationally with businesses, charities and non-profit organisations.
Simon has a true passion for developing and empowering people to find their voices and power within. We are excited to welcome him to the MOT SA family as a MOT Brand Ambassador.
Born and raised in Cape Town, Janice is a powerful soul and pop singer who grew up singing in church and took lead roles in school performance groups, choirs and musicals.
A few years after High School, Janice joined her childhood friend Jimmy Nevis, who asked her to join his band as a backing vocalist. After 3 years Janice had toured with Jimmy Nevis and backed other artists such as Loyiso Bala and various International Gospel Acts. It soon became evident that she was born for the stage and soon after, Janice decided to pursue a full time singing career as a solo singer and songwriter.
Janice is excited to be a MOT Brand Ambassador and work with the MOT youth to create positive change in our country.
Janice shares her message to the youth:
“I know that you may feel lost, but remember that the strong have battle scars. You were born to fight and live in the light.”
We are proud to welcome Janice to the MOT family. Her courageous efforts to go for her dream despite her fears, makes her a role model for the youth in South Africa.
M.J. Li, Cape Town born SA Kungfu Athlete, has been a Professional Kungfu Martial Artist for approximately 23 years. To date, the South African Grand-Style Tai-Chi Champion has represented South Africa at 5 World Championships winning gold, silver and bronze:
2005, Beijing China: 2 Bronze
2010, Shanghai: 2 Silver
2012, Texas: 2 Gold
2014: Houston: 3 Gold, 1 Silver
2016: Dallas/New York: 4 Gold
M.J. Li is also a qualified school teacher with 10 years experience and training in Radio and Television Production/Presenting.
M.J. believes that partnering with MOT South Africa will motivate the youth to be courageous and self-aware. He is an inspiration and role model to the youth of South Africa, proving that self-determination and hard work does pay off.
“A true master dwells within, whom only you can choose to liberate”
We look forward to working with M.J. Li to give hope and motivate the MOT Youth to go out and inspire change and courage in others.
Ayanda Dlamini is a South African radio DJ, television presenter; voice over artist; actress, motivational speaker, born and bred in Cape Town, went to a girls school and after completing her Diploma in Performing Arts at CADA, she did mostly stage work.
Ayanda is a radio DJ on Good Hope FM. She started her television career by presenting Hip2B2 on SABC2 and went on to do a children’s educational technology show and has featured in a drama series, Interrogation Room and Stokvel, on SABC1. She was also part of a German and Belgium film, and shot a couple of international television commercials. She plays the role of Vatiswa Duze, the wife of a wealthy businessman, in the SABC1 drama series Montana, since April 2009. Ayanda has been the MC for many corporate events and has excelled in that division by hosting The National Heritage Day Celebrations in 2006 for the National Department of Arts and Culture, and in 2007 she hosted the 90th Anniversary of the “Sinking of the troopship SS Mendi” for the same department.
She was recognized by the South African Music Awards in 2010 to present an award for the best Neo-Soul; Rhythm and Blues album. She also does motivational work with the youth, works with young women, and was a volunteer at Pollsmoor prison. She works in the community and strives to make the world a better place. Ayanda joined MOT for what it does and stands for and therefore are proud to be a Brand Ambassador of MOT South Africa.
Danny K (full name Daniel Koppel, born 8 September 1977) is a versatile South African singer, songwriter and actor. He holds a B.A. degree from the Wits University. He has produced some chart topping hits and award winning albums. He was one of the first South African musicians to perform on the Oprah Winfrey show in Chicago with guests like Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Josh Groban and John Travolta. Danny has toured and performed with many renowned international acts including: Usher, Craig David, P Diddy, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Eric Benet, Bob Geldof, U2, Queen and Beyoncé.
He is also one of only five South African acts chosen to perform at Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concert at the Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa which was broadcasted to three billion people worldwide. Danny has also performed for the opening of the ICC World Cup as well as for Nelson Mandela at Oprah Winfrey and Madiba’s annual birthday party in Qunu in Transkei, South Africa. On 7 July 2007 Danny K performed at the South African leg of Live Earth.
Danny K is the leader of the SHOUT initiative and is proud to be part of MOT South Africa because of what MOT does.
Hilton was born in Somerset-West in 1983 and attended the Athlone School for the Blind. He joined the greats at the 2008 Beijing Summer Paralympics where he won 3 gold medals. At the Games he set a new world record in the men’s pentathlon, set a new Paralympic record in the men’s long jump and won the 200 m in 21.94 seconds. He was also nominated as Blind Cricketer of the Year by Cricket South Africa. Hilton’s goal is to perform at his best at the Paralympics.
He also dreams of becoming a good surfer. Hilton is enthusiastic about being a Brand Ambassador for MOT South Africa and about being given the opportunity to inspire the youth.
(BsocSc) and Common Purpose Meridian Leadership graduate. As a recipient of a SAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film for ‘The World Unseen’, Natalie has starred alongside John Malkovich, William H. Macey and Meg Ryan and worked with BBC, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers and HBO in the series ‘Strike Back’, and recently joined the cast of Isidingo on SABC3.
Natalie’s hosted television shows on all major SA channels and was awarded a SAFTA for Best Magazine Program for the Conscious Living TV show ‘Free Spirit’. As host of ‘It’s Africa’s Time’ on CNBC Africa, Natalie worked with the United Nations Development Program covering stories focussing on the Millennium Development Goals. Natalie’s hosted and produced radio shows on GHFM and Heart FM, with some of the Western Cape’s highest listenership and recently joined the National radio station 2000FM as a presenter.
Natalie was Lifestyle editor for ‘The Deal’ magazine and authored the ‘Tao of Nat’- an inspirational manifesto she wrote for learners as part of the Centre for the Book’s ‘World Book Day’ series. A speaker and MC, hosting corporate, social and philanthropic events, Natalie also regularly addresses learners, educators and young leaders. Passionate about Wellness and the Arts, Natalie practises Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga, and performed on stage at the inaugural 2013 Mzansi International Salsa Festival. Natalie completed the 2011 New York Marathon to raise funds for the Jag Foundation.
At the age of 18, Sasha-Lee was crowned as the joint winner of South African Idols 2009. She hails from Atlantis in the Western Cape and grew up in a music-loving family. Sasha-Lee is determined to make a success of her music career. Her role models and biggest inspiration are her parents, who instilled in her the belief that “it’s not how you fall, but how you stand up”. What stands out about Sasha-Lee is her willingness to learn and improve all the time.
She has toured the country, performing everywhere from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, Kimberly to Namibia. She has also done some major performance, including the opening of Parliament and the closing ceremony of the Indian Premier League in 2009. Her debut album was released in November 2009 and made the top ten best-selling albums when it debuted. In a Rapport article on MOT in 2009, Sasha-Lee stated that to say “no” to negative peer pressure and “yes” to opportunities, is also her life philosophy.
Sibongile Manganyi was born in Dube Village, Soweto in 1980. Through courage and determination, she was enrolled at Bedforview High School and based on her academic achievements, awarded a bursary which carried her through to her high school graduation. Studying part-time, she graduated in 2004 with a Baccalaureus degree in Architecture. At the age of 26, Sibongile became the Founding and Managing Director of Indigo Kulani Architects and Urban Planners. Since then, she has expanded the business to become a multi-disciplinary infrastructure consulting group of companies, employing more than 36 professionally qualified, permanent employees. Today, Indigo Kulani offers Architectural, Engineering, Quality surveying, Project management and Property development services. In October 2012 at the age of 32, Sibongile scooped the prestigious Business Woman of the Year Award at the BBQ Awards. Sibongile Manganyi has a strong passion to plough back to society and education, which led to the establishment of Indigo Kulani Educational Foundation. The Foundation offers scholarships and bursaries to students from various backgrounds that achieve exceptional academic results but face financial challenges in furthering their studies. “I believe that a successful nation is determined by the passing of a vision from one generation to another. Mentorship encourages people to prepare for their future and their personal life” – Sibongile Manganyi