Mmakgotso Maphoto is studying towards a degree in communication and information science, but she’s already making moves with Leruo Magazine. Hiring two young people from her community to assist her with the magazine is something she is very proud of, and launching the magazine taught her the importance of listening to her heart. Maphoto says being noticed by The Tony Elumelu Foundation in Nigeria was a big surprise. The foundation accepted her into its business mentorship programme and she stands a chance of winning seed funding for her business. She says she’d like to see a South Africa where people are not limited by their circumstances. “I do not think that children from the same background as me don’t succeed in life because of laziness. I think it is because of the lack of information,” she says. She wants to use her magazine to give everyone a fair chance at success.
Yes, you will fail. That is part of the journey to success; don’t give in, and don’t give up.