ON THE GO: With Tili
Locrecia Tili Mkhabela is habitually known as a young model who stimulates, persuade young people and also brings about positive change in the lives of many young individuals in and around Mpumalanga raised by her grandmother in a village called Marit. She is a gratified young South African who follows her tradition and a firm believer of humanity. Her name Tili came about when her grandmother could not pronounce her name and named her “Tili” instead. She is a sister, daughter and granddaughter. Her desire to develop her community is what herd her to modeling as she believes that through it, she is confident about inspiring, encouraging and give love to others without doubt. She has recently made it to the top 10 selection of “Miss Culture and tourism South Africa”. “I wanted to embrace my culture and to show people that I am a proud South African who is proud of her heritage. Also to be able to teach people how to take care of the tourists and how they magnificently contribute towards our economy.” The 21 year old Tili also tells Empowered Youth that representing Mpumalanga in Cape Town was a dream come
true. “They only selected two candidates in each province amongst 30 participants and getting a text from them saying I got in was a dream come true on its own,” she adds. Tili got in, but still needed sponsorship for the trip and accommodation as well. With great luck, one of the ANC comrades visited her church “Assembles of God Mariti” where they were told about her situation which led them into sponsoring her.
The beautiful Tili is not just a pretty young girl, but also an engineering student involved in an organization called Elphus Lebambo Foundation, founded by Mr Lebambo and a local Model .“We have donated most of the basics and we are willing to find more sponsors so that we can help the children in this particular home, because they are really in need ,” she says.