Teen takes on social ills

2017-05-10 06:00
Gomotsegang Nkadimang, a finalist for Miss ­Inspire South Africa.Photo: Lecrecia Prins

Gomotsegang Nkadimang, a finalist for Miss ­Inspire South Africa.Photo: Lecrecia Prins

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Doing community and charity work inspired a young girl from Batlharos in Kuruman so much that she decided to start her own organisation that focuses on youth development.

Gomotsegang Nkadimang (15) is a finalist in the Miss Inspire South Africa compe­tition.

Its objective is to promote leadership skills, instil confidence and encourage community development in young women of South Africa.

Also, it aims to inspire these women to be active in creating positive solu­tions and persisting in addressing challenges such as teenage pregnancy and youth unemployment. It is by engaging in these initiatives that confidence is instilled and opportunities present themselves.

Gomotsegang says looking at her peers made her realise how unmotivated they were.

“In Kuruman, I see girls falling pregnant at an early age, as early as 12 years. Human trafficking is taking over, old men is taking advantage of our girls, drug abuse and peer pressure is at the order of the day. This makes me sad,” says Gomotsegang.

“I want to set an example for these girls and show them that they can do whatever they set their mind to.”

As part of the competition, contestants are required to go to businesses and ask for donations, so that they can give back to their communities.

“As part of my charity work, I realised that people in our community suffer from poverty. Life is hard for them. Throughout my journey I have learned that sharing is caring. I have learned to be more responsible.”

Gomotsegang wants to study to become a doctor.

“Seeing how sick the elderly are, made me want to become a doctor even more.”

Even though Gomotsegang is only 15 years old, she is registering her own organisa­tion. It is named Omang, which translates into English as “Who are you?”.

“Omang will focus on youth development. It will host girl summits and dialogues. I would also like to involve boys. I believe that these summits will get youngsters involved and keep them away from drugs and gangsterism.

“Not many things happen in Kuruman to keep the youth busy and I believe that keeping our youngsters motivated and inspired will help them stay away from taverns and illegal activities.”

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