GIVING IS THE BEST MEDICINE
There is another powerful giving side to Dibetso that strikes you when he speaks. “This award represents the power of random acts of kindness,” he says. “As the African proverb goes: ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ I am standing here today as a result of nurturing from my immediate and extended family, my community, my teachers, lecturers, mentors and most of all I am here today as a result of the good Samaritans along my path – people who go out of their way to train and to give their talent with passion. Therefore, I dedicate this award to all the good Samaritans. Never stop reaching out to those less privileged than yourselves.
“When the purpose is bigger than self, miracles can happen. The more I reached out to help others, the more I succeeded at both the MBA and my work.”
Dibetso recognises that he is the product of a lot of individuals who took the time to teach him and guide him along the way. And so, in the spirit of paying it forward, he works as a board member for BizSchool, an NGO that arose out of Gibs. This teaches township children the life skills and business skills that they need for the marketplace and university. In a small way, he hopes to repay the people along his path by giving his time to mentor, coach and give direction to other students. Thanks to the AMBA award, Dibetso is able to do this on a bigger global scale than he could before, especially as AMBA’s global ambassador for the year. He also advises young people on career choices and what to study because, as he says if you’re not passionate about something, you’ll never be the best at it. (Incidentally, he also donated his award prize money of €1 000 to BizSchool.)
The world needs inspiring leaders today more than ever. And we have them right here in SA. Olebogeng Glad Dibetso has used education to raise himself out of poverty and on to the fast track to career success. “If there is one message that I want to get across,” he says, “It is that it is possible to succeed against all the odds, however, quality education increases those odds significantly.” And he is paying it forward by spreading his love for education to other young people. Well done to this inspirational ambassador for f lying the South African f lag high!
Colette Symanowitz (Colette@mbaconnect. net) is Founder/MD of www.MBAconnect. net.