Entrepreneur helps young scientists

2018-06-12 06:01
Red Bull Amaphiko Social Entrepreneur Bathabile Mpofu.PHOTO: supplied

Red Bull Amaphiko Social Entrepreneur Bathabile Mpofu.PHOTO: supplied

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THE Fever news editor Kalisha Naicker chatted to Bathabile Mpofu a Red Bull Amaphiko Social Entrepreneur who established a company called Nkazimulo Applied Sciences. Mpofu has developed a mini science kit called ChemStart for high school pupils to use at home and school.

KN [Kalisha Naicker]: Tell me a little about yourself?

BM [Bathabile Mpofu]: I’m 37 and a mother of two boys and a girl. I have been married for 13 years this year and now nurturing a small business that is now 25 months old in operation.

KN: Tell us about your initiative?

BM: At Nkazimulo Applied Sciences we developed ChemStart to help young people become scientists.

This is because it is unacceptable that thousands of young people from disadvantaged communities aren’t empowered to fulfil their dreams.

ChemStart is a portable science kit to be used by young pupils for hands on interaction with science concepts for a better understanding.

KN: Why did you decide to start this initiative?

BM: For many reasons. I was frustrated at work for many reasons including seeing black people failing to access funding for use in developing and growing technology businesses.

I knew that the contributing factor to that was lack of access to a basic education that allows them to pursue science careers where they gain knowledge that allows them to innovate in the technology and technology space.

For me this was unfair. Also the work environment I was working under was frustrating and I felt misunderstood.

KN: What drives you?

BM: The opportunity that I contribute towards helping young people fulfil their dreams.

I imagine a day when a graduate of medicine says that ChemStart contributed in their journey of becoming a doctor.

KN: Who are your role models?

BM: Oprah…she decided at a young age that she will be who she has become.

After achieving all that she remains humble and is passionate about building other people.

KN: What is your goal in life?

BM: My goal is to make it possible for all children in South Africa to fall in love with science.

KN: Do you live by a motto?

BM: Yes - “Opportunities and good fortune come to those who are always prepared.”

KN: How do you juggle your work, family life and giving back to the community?

BM: Honestly this is hard, I have learned to ask for help as much as I can and then share the success with others.

There is no-way I could do all this on my own.

KN: If there is a message you want to pass on to the community what would it be?

BM: The power to change one’s life for a better future lies within each person and if we dream about what we want, be willing to take action that leads towards making the dream a reality…we can achieve anything we want to achieve.

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