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Model Kholofelo Lekganyane (25), known for her ti­tle as Miss Lim­popo 2014, gives us a sight to her life and also talks about be­ing con­fi­dent and life af­ter the Miss Lim­popo.

EARLY LIFE:

Kholofelo was born in a small town­ship called Mankweng in the Lim­popo Prov­ince of South Africa. She was raised by her hard­work­ing and God-fear­ing sin­gle mother who in­spires her to work hard for what she de­serves in life. “My child­hood was great”, she says.

PRO­FES­SION:

One may look at Kholo is just a model, but the 25 year old holds two de­grees; One hon­ours de­gree in So­cial Work and one Ju­nior de­gree in Psy­chol­ogy. Her pas­sion also in­volves mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing, MC as well as Men­tor­ing. “I am cur­rently men­tor­ing a group of ten young girls com­ing from un­der­priv­i­leged fam­ily back­grounds”, she says. Kholo does what she be­lieves it is a call­ing with great pas­sion and be­lieves in lift­ing up one’s soul with her coura­geous words through her mo­ti­va­tional ses­sions.

BE­ING OBE­DI­ENT TO CALL­ING:

Kholo has al­ways had the love for giv­ing from a very young age, and this con­trib­utes to­wards her ea­ger to pay­ing at­ten­tion on her call­ing.

GIV­ING BACK TO THE COM­MU­NITY:

Af­ter her ti­tle as Miss Lim­popo 2014, Kholo has been in­volved in nu­mer­ous projects that con­trib­ute to­wards the devel­op­ment of her lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity and chang­ing lives. “I feel very hon­oured to have been

able to help fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity”, she says. The 25 year old has helped a fam­ily of six liv­ing in a shack build a house and also as­sisted the man of the fam­ily to ac­quire em­ploy­ment from the lo­cals. With her pas­sion for peo­ple, she also do­nated elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances to Mo­gaung Hospice in Mankweng which caters for ill peo­ple. Kholo says that she be­lieves that giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity is one of the great things that one can show ap­pre­ci­a­tion and care. “I re­mem­ber some day when I was young. I told my mom that I needed to give away my school uni­form and she was re­ally shocked. I come from a giv­ing fam­ily. Shar­ing is car­ing. I also be­lieve that help­ing some­one else is a great thing be­cause we never know where we may need help from”, she says. In her pageants, she al­ways make sure that she has an ed­u­ca­tional spon­sor who will spon­sor the young girls for she has a strong pas­sion for see­ing young girls reach­ing their goals and dreams, es­pe­cially ed­u­ca­tion. Mod­el­ling can be tem­po­ral, there­fore they should have some­thing that they can fall back on.

PROJECTS:

Kholo has had nu­mer­ous projects of which she be­lieves that through them, many lives have been changed dras­ti­cally. “I was awarded an award for the youngest Phi­lan­thropist Lim­popo by the FAME SA”, she says. She is cur­rently run­ning her self­ti­tled foun­da­tion “Kholofelo Lekganyane Foun­da­tion”, which puts its fo­cus on vul­ner­a­ble women and chil­dren. “No child should go to bed with an empty stom­ach, they all need good care”, she says. Khole­folo also adds that her aim is to em­power young women within her com­mu­nity and is also on the process of get­ting spon­sors.

JOUR­NEY TO MISS LIM­POPO:

With her strong de­sire to be­ing crowned Miss Lim­popo, Kholofelo en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion for the first time in 2013 and was crowned as Miss Lim­popo 2nd Princess and when she en­tered again in 2014, she was crowned Miss Lim­popo queen. “It has taught me that not all glit­ter is gold and has cre­ated mag­nif­i­cent op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter the crown­ing. Life af­ter the ti­tle is just awe­some know­ing that I rep­re­sent my Prov­ince wher­ever I go and make sure that I do the best to rep­re­sent in a good way”, she says.

A 25 year old kholofelo has al­ways had a pas­sion for giv­ing back to her com­mu­nity.

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