ON THE GO: With Tili

Empowered Youth Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Penny Fakude

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.

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