Updated: Nov 11, 2021
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” This was the quote from Nelson Mandela that was rendered by one of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve Youth Network youth Mr Andani Budeli who was facilitating the webinar that celebrated the Nelson Mandela Day on the 19th of July.
The webinar which aimed at celebrating the legendary Nelson Mandela and commemorating him on his month under the theme “Make everyday a Mandela day“attracted many individuals and organisation from all around the VBR landscape. The webinar was honoured by speakers such as Mrs Kone Suzan who is the Director of PWK waste recycling. Mrs Kone is a highly passionate women who lives to advocate for the cleanliness of the environment and sees waste as treasure.
The next speaker was Mr Makhavhu from Changes NPO which is located in Musina Local Municipality. Changes like the name says is an organisation of voluntary citizens who want to meet the needs of the less privileged, and perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions. Ms Mamugudubi from Litshani Vhana Vhade Foundation was also present to engage with the youth, sharing the many stories and words of encouragement from her background as as basis of the work that she does at the foundation.
With the last quote from tata “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Which clearly describes who Mr Mudau Dziphathutshedzo is, Dziphathutshedzo shared with us the hardships of growing up underprivileged and getting up from falling many times before to working hard to create his own brand “Dziphathutshedzo Green Surfacing“.
While the webinar was very interactive with well spoken guests it was able to attract about 35 participants which were all well engaged and learned so much from the respective presentations.