Women’s Month ends on a high

2012-08-31 00:00

NEVER take life for granted — that is what Kavisha Seevanarain learnt from surviving a terrifying hijacking ordeal in 2009.

Seevanarain was a speaker at The Witness Women’s Month brunch held at the Golden Horse Casino yesterday.

Seevanarain, a teacher from Pinetown, was joined by Dr Thandeka Mazibuko, Sbu Mpungose, editor of Comsopolitan magazine, and fitness trainer Jenni Rivett, who also had motivating and encouraging stories to share.

An audience made up of women from all walks of life listened attentively; some took notes. Most agreed it was a great way to round off Women’s Month.

Seevanarain was hijacked at gunpoint and thrown from a 60 metre bridge over the Mkhomazi River in 2009. She said the near-death experience taught her that life was precious.

“That was God’s doing and his way of telling me that I have a purpose,” she said. She believes that no matter what life throws at you, you should always remain positive. Seevanarain uses what she went through to encourage people never to give up no matter how hard the situation is.

Dr Mazibuko, a senior medical officer in the radiation oncology section at Grey’s Hospital, knows all about not giving up. Although she struggled financially through university, she never let that get in the way of achieving her goals.

She became the first doctor in her village and has founded an NGO called Sinomusanothando, which runs rural awareness campaigns about breast, cervical and prostate cancer. Mazibuko believes in reaching out to others and making a difference.

A subject that usually gets women talking is weight gain. Fitness trainer Rivett, who was the late Princess Diana’s trainer for seven years, spoke of the importance of eating healthy foods and exercising. An important tip she shared about losing weight was, “There are no short cuts.”

A key messages from Mpungose, who has achieved great success in the media industry, was that people should always believe in themselves. “Show up in the present and do your best every single day,” she said.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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