It all started with what Hope Dhlamini — a 24-year-old chief executive and public relations officer from Soweto — thought would be a small campaign. She and her peers wanted to improve the lives of vulnerable people living in charity homes and homeless shelters, and the love and support that their COVID P.U.N.C.H Community Project received from Johannesburg communities left her awestruck. Majoring in public relations and community management at the University of Johannesburg, Dhlamini believes that “humanity is key. I want to restructure the image of South Africa that is associated with poverty, hunger and unhealthy living conditions by providing essential needs for the most vulnerable in my community in the informal settlements,” she says. Motivated by the success of her Seed For Life community garden, Dhlamini has made it her priority to believe in herself and make a difference in society.
Stop listening to negative thoughts and do away with the “what would people say” syndrome.