Name: Yolokazi Mfuto
Province: Eastern Cape
Yolokazi Mfuto from Exesi in the Eastern Cape is a woman who knows where she comes from and where she is going. She is a self-confessed communication freak and loves being informed. Her motto in life is: “Treat people the way you want to be treated, only then will we live in peace.”
What are you championing in your community?
I am passionate about development. I’m striving to develop my community so much that they are empowered in each and every corner where they reside. My vision of development is not something you can touch but rather an abstract representation of progression. I believe in empowering the mindset of people so that they can own up to anything they do. I furthermore champion the destruction of negative stereotypes that surround women.
How are you driving change in your community?
I’m part of three organisations at my University (what?) where I do community development projects through them. These projects range from peace, to motivating learners in high schools and taking extra care of those with special needs.
How has ACTIVATE! and the network supported you in driving change?
Activate! has done a lot for me since Module 1 in April. Before Activate! I can honestly say I was a bit ignorant of some issues my community faced, but now I have gained so much zeal and cognisance of my actions and the things I do for my community.
The Bus Journey
Why have you decided to be part of the Bus Journey?
When I first received information about the Bus Journey my interest was peaked at the onset. I was like “this is great, it needs to be done, people need to know that this country is not as bad as they think and we are not doomed as the youth of this country.” I felt like its time people know there are young stars in rural areas who have great dreams for South Africa; Africa and the entire world. I know a lot of people will benefit from this and definitely will be inspired!
What are you hoping to take out of the Bus Journey?
Knowledge! I want to learn as much as possible. Meeting new people is always a win for me. I always allow myself to have an open my mind to learn and observe new ways of doing things that could be better than the current way I’m doing things. I believe from the journey I will get inspiration from other young Africans who are set to make the world a better place for us all.
What are you most looking forward to on the Bus Journey?
I am looking forward to everything! I’m looking forward to sharing my story and definitely learning as well, just because knowledge inspires me.
In an ideal world, who would you like to engage in conversation with on The Bus Journey and why?
It would definitely be Basetsana Khumalo who was Miss South Africa a long time ago and who is now in the entertainment and media industry. She has accomplished so much from owning a production company and her own TV shows while grooming women to stand their own ground. She is proof that being a women is not just standing behind a man’s shadow.
What are your plans for next year?
I will be finishing my degree and doing some other community projects.
How will you be involving the network in your plans?
Already I have contacts of fellow activators, and whenever I need anything I call, and already we are planning something with activators from my NPO.