As the chairperson of the LD Molapo Foundation, Lebohang David Molapo has made it his mission to drive others to success:
“To be where I am today, I was inspired by someone who came from a similar background as mine to achieve greatness. Therefore I also want to be an inspiration to the next generation that comes from a similar background as mine, to show that all things are possible.”
The LD Molapo Foundation has established social initiatives to educate and advise youth to engage in further education, career development, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities. This includes motivational tours of schools and prisons, festive care donating food parcels and clothes to disability centres, and the foundation’s Career Guidance Youth Expo Roadshow.
As Molapo describes it: “We travel around South Africa visiting schools in rural and township areas offering learners mentorships, career guidance and academic support. Using our online technological tools we match qualifying learners with bursaries and scholarship opportunities around South Africa. By exposing learners to these opportunities we believe we help them to help themselves out of poverty.”
These initiatives have already been recognised, with Molapo being listed among the 100 SA Shining Stars by the National Youth Development Agency in 2019, named alongside Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe in the Philanthropy category. “To me that was great, since she is someone I have been looking up to from a distance as a mentor and a role model.”
When asked what he’d say if he could offer advice to his younger self, he says: “There is no great thing that was created by one person. Therefore in this journey of life ask for as much help as you can and surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. In that way you will grow and be successful in whatever you do.”