Let the good news be news

2014-10-02 08:24

Meet Calvin...

A tall, slender, quiet, calm gentleman. A rural herd boy who hails from the mountains and hills of Magakala' Maatlopo, in the deep rural area of Sekhukhune.

I first met this chap, in August 2002, when we both were contesting for a university bursary from one of the mining giant that was to expedite the wealth that is embedded in the bellies of our native soil... Well, none of us were lucky enough to secure such a bursary. The actual reason behind that is a story for some other day.

After passing his matric, with exemption, he unusually had to redo it over and over again, while awaiting a Good Samaritan to fund his university fees.

To cut long story short, Calvin eventually managed to enrol for a bachelors degree in computer science, honors degree, and masters degree... All from three different universities. He worked for different companies in Cape Town, Johannesburg and abroad.

Hectic as his life may seem, he since co-founded an educational foundation that helps encourage, inspire, mentor and teach other rural matriculants to study hard, and apply early for both bursaries and institutions of higher learning, for no fee. Together with his team, he travels around on his car from one school to another, all in pursuit of a better future for the new generation.

But why am I really bothering you with this news that is not even news at all? I have realized that as black people, we give much attention to things that have little or no positive impact in our lives.

Our media zoom into the controversies, bad news, corruptions, murder, and anything else that may hardly inspire our young people. I have realized that good news are not celebrated at all. The reward is not given where it is due. Bad behavior is given attention and the publicity it doesn't deserve.

Today I've decided to write about this chap, not to make him any famous, but to remind other people like him that your good deeds highly appreciable. Keep on keeping on. Our country needs people like you. Let us discourage the society of selfishness. The society that gives the good work a blind eye, and focus its lens to non-useful controversial stories.

Let's continue working together to uplift the lives of our people. Let the good work be praised. Let's continue build this land of ours. To my friend, Motlokwe Calvin Thobejane, and all other individuals who strive for the betterment of our communities, I say, SALUTE!

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