As the youth development and education coordinator at the Cape Town Opera, Masixole Makwetu gives children from various backgrounds in the Western Cape a holistic introduction to opera. The programmes make the arts accessible to young talent and fosters an environment that nurtures their creativity. For Makwetu, seeing the positive effect on learners, teachers and others makes the effort worthwhile. He wants the children to look at him and see how hard work pays off.
Last year, Makwetu was invited to be an assistant director for Cape Town Opera’s season of Orphee et Eurydice. He also conducted the Langa Methodist Church Choir at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival.
“I believe in working with intention because it makes you appreciate and value all the fruits you reap,” he says.
He says he has had to learn to take credit when it’s due and that’s helping to shape his vision for success.
Seeing dreams through needs as much passion as it does strategy; going the extra mile is fulfilling when the purpose is achieved. With that, Makwetu would tell his younger self to keep following his heart and do what he is passionate about and take more chances.