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Mthatha-born Mpolise says Oprah taught her to value the im­por­tance of pay­ing it for­ward. “Mom O is such an in­flu­en­tial per­son and she uses her in­flu­ence for the bet­ter­ment of the world. I want to be like that.

“I’ve learnt from her that there is no bar – I set my own lim­its. She taught me the power of grat­i­tude be­cause that’s how you achieve more. And in Mom O’s own words: ‘Do­ing the best at this mo­ment puts you in the best place for the next mo­ment. Al­ways strive for ex­cel­lence’.”


“My dad passed away when I was seven years old, and my sib­lings and I watched our mother bat­tle to take care of us. She did the best she could,” Mpolise says, adding her fam­ily is grate­ful for the “in­de­scrib­able” op­por­tu­ni­ties she was af­forded at the school.


Mpolise is study­ing or­gan­i­sa­tional psy­chol­ogy at Rhodes Uni­ver­sity in Gra­ham­stown. She wants to travel the world and be­come a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­woman.

“I want to help peo­ple and I want in­de­pen­dence. I’m dream­ing big,” she says. Giv­ing back to her com­mu­nity is her mission, she adds.

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