“Trust the process,” says Lehlohonolo Mabaso when asked to advise his younger self. Mabaso, also known as Hlox Da Rebel, is a project manager, a spoken word poet and an entrepreneur. “The projects include building self-reliant and economically independent communities through small-scale farming and turning illegal dumping sites into food gardens,” he says. Mabaso organised a community-wide clean-up in his hometown, Phuthaditjhaba — his proudest moment to date. “90 Minutes for Qwaqwa Clean Up campaign has become an annual campaign for organising resources and getting the community together to dedicate their time to cleaning their environment,” he says. This is one way he helps township communities become self-reliant and economically independent. Mabaso was surprised to be recognised for his poetry in 2017: “My biggest surprise was when I was invited to perform at the 21st Poetry Africa International Festival.”
Buy that Udemy course. Save for that drawing tablet. Invest in art supplies. Get involved in the community as much as you can, and try to learn something new every day.