In addition to being an environmental scientist and radio broadcaster, Pinky Jedidiah Mokwena is the founder and chief executive of Metsi a Teng, an advanced water purification enterprise. Located in Tshwane, Metsi a Teng has won four different awards for its innovative nature, including the Inter-Varsity Innovation Challenge and the Blue Ocean Award.
Mokwena explains that she never imagined starting her own company in relation to her studies. As a first-generation graduate, business owner and visionary, she is propelling youth to dream beyond the limitations that may inhibit them. She is driven to excel by the women in her family, and humbled by the privilege to take up opportunities they never had available to them.
Mokwena was selected as the only South African delegate to join the COP26 Youth4Climate campaign in 2021. Today, she encourages everyone to recognise the authentic power that they possess to be leaders in whatever spaces they hold.
If you are consistent enough to allow yourself to become who you want to be, nothing else can stop you.