Liv­ing the good, bet­ter and best life

Go! & Express - - NEWS - MATTHEW FIELD

East Lon­don res­i­dents gath­ered at The Venue in Hem­ing­ways Casino last Thurs­day for the lat­est edi­tion of the Capitec Live Bet­ter talks.

Dur­ing the talks, which are hosted across the coun­try, lo­cal celebri­ties share their sto­ries and strug­gles in or­der to mo­ti­vate and in­spire the au­di­ence.

Thurs­day’s guest speak­ers were ac­tress Brenda Ngx­oli, en­tre­pre­neur Lon­wabo Rani and en­ter­tain­ment per­son­al­ity Somizi Mh­longo.

Ngx­oli has ap­peared in a num­ber of pop­u­lar and crit­i­cally ac­claimed films and TV se­ries, such as The No1 Ladies’ De­tec­tive Agency, Tsha Tsha and Sew the Win­ter to My Skin.

She dis­cussed her ex­pe­ri­ence grow­ing up as the child of a do­mes­tic worker. How­ever, she said she felt no shame in her up­bring­ing.

“I am the proud prod­uct of the mi­grant labour sys­tem. I am the proud prod­uct of a sin­gle-par­ent do­mes­tic worker,” she said.

Ngx­oli stressed the im­por­tance of peo­ple ac­cept­ing their past and find it within them­selves to ap­pre­ci­ate who they re­ally were.

“If you are not hon­est with your­self, then you can­not love your­self and if you can­not love your­self, how is any­one sup­posed to love you?”

IT com­pany Silulo Uluthu Tech­nolo­gies direc­tor Rani was up next and shared the many strug­gles he faced in es­tab­lish­ing the busi­ness.

For Rani, perseverance was an im­por­tant trait that al­lowed him to push through the tough times to even­tu­ally make Silulo Uluthu a suc­cess.

The last speaker was Mh­longo, well known for his ap­pear­ance on na­tional ra­dio and as a judge on Idols SA.

Mh­longo’s key mes­sage for the au­di­ence was that life should not be spent en­vy­ing oth­ers for what they had. “Af­ter all,” he said, “I do not want to be Bey­once.

“I don’t want to live a life where I just blink and it’s right in front of me,” he told the crowd.

“There are some things, whether you like it or not, that money can­not buy.”

Pic­ture: MATTHEW FIELD

MO­TI­VA­TIONAL TALK: En­tre­pre­neur Lon­wabo Rani ad­dresses an ea­ger au­di­ence at The Venue last Thurs­day

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