We’re living in uncertain and extraordinary times. One day we’ll look back at this period as a defining moment in history. But some stories may not be told. Writer and editor Mpho Seipubi is on a mission to capture those stories that may be lost in the chaos of the Covid-19 crisis. Her project, Whose Stories Will We Hear?, aimsto honour the experiences of ordinary people as they navigate this turbulent time.
Seipubi has been committed to uplifting sometimes unheard voices for a long time. She has more than seven years of experience in outreach aimed at rural communities. The impact of her work as part of the department of education’s Kha Ri Gude mass literacy campaign in the rural North West still surprises her.
“The generational success of the project has not only changed my views on what change is, but it has also shown me that people-oriented change can be sustainable,” she says. “I am honoured to have worked on that project.”
Seipubi is the editor of Empower, a free publication distributed to more than 50 villages in the Northern Cape and the North West. Her hope is that, through the equitable distribution of information, she can help to contribute to the economic inclusion of the people living in the communities she serves.
“South Africa’s youth is imperative to leading this country towards progressive development,” Seipubi says.
“A South Africa that is economically inclusive is possible. And I believe that South African youth have the capabilities to bring about this transformative change.”