Conquering with a huge smile

2019-07-02 06:00
Mmaba Molefe (28)

Mmaba Molefe (28)

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A Plumstead resident has put her day job as a personal investment analyst aside, for now, to take part in Survivor SA: Island of Secrets.

Mmaba Molefe (28) is taking part in the reality show that is aired on M-Net, every Thursday night at 19:00.

Season seven of Survivor SA is set in the beautiful Samoa, and is spiced with never-before-seen curveballs, twists and turns, and this is what Molefe lives for.

She decided to enter Survivor SA because she has always been a person who enjoys a good challenge, especially something that can test and stretch her in a way that she has never been challenged before.

“To me, nothing tests a person physically, emotionally and mentally like the game of Survivor,” she says.

Her journey on the show has not been an easy one.

“It has been more challenging than I thought it would be. When I was mentally preparing for the game, I did not account for Samoan cyclone weather. It has been the most difficult part of the game. However, people have been the best part of my experience thus far.

“I did not think just how connected I would feel with a random group of strangers that are completely different and worlds apart and are basically in the game to fight for the same R1m and the title of Survivor. It is the weirdest but most beautiful thing,” she says.

Taking those challenges with a smile, she hopes to walk away with a grand prize of R1m.

“I hope to walk away with the R1m! But I am also hoping the ‘time out from life’ will give me time to think about the next stage of my life as I am turning the big 30 next year. It has always been my dream to build a house for my mom and winning this money will make me realise this dream,” she says.

Molefe says what sets her apart from other contestants is that she is a very easy-going person, always laughing and gets along with people.

“I don’t look physically strong and so I don’t think the rest of the contestants will consider me much of a threat not knowing that behind my contagious laugh, I have a strong fighting spirit and can be very competitive,” she says.

Apart from being on Survivor and helping people make sound decisions about their money, Molefe also runs a non-profit organisation in Gugulethu.

“In 2016 I started a foundation that focuses on improving the schooling experience for financially disadvantaged learners.

“This was mainly motivated by two things, my passion for raising the next generation of African leaders and because I am a product of a disadvantaged schooling system.Through partnerships with disadvantaged schools I empower learners by equipping them with resources they need to better their experience at school,” she says.

Win or no win, Molefe says what she has learned from the show is to always trust her instinct.

“This is very difficult while you are in the game because you are so paranoid but I have learned that if you listen closely to your gut, you will know what to do,” she says.

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