Face to Face


with student Mlungisi Mapempeni

Question: Which news story do you think has been the biggest recently?

Answer: It has to be the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, being investigated by the Hawks. If he is found guilty that can have an impact on our economic growth.

Q: How do you plan to give back to your community?

A: There is a high rate of unemployment in our communities and the young men are often sitting around on the street corners doing nothing.

I would like to offer learning programmes so that they can be educated and informed.

Q: If you could play a song on a global radio station, what song would you play to make everyone happy?

A: The Storm is Over by R Kelly because the song is motivational and helps us have hope that the trials and struggles that we go through in life will pass.

Q: What is your motto?

A: Never give up, no matter how things may seem at present, eventually you will prosper.

Q: With all the negativity in the country, what do you think is needed to make South Africa happy?

A: First we need transformation and change in government and have people we trust to lead us.

We also need to eradicate corruption out of our government.

Q: What do you like about Komani?

A: I like the diversity and we have a lot of business activities that are taking place for the development of our town.

Q: What do you think is the best man-made creation on earth?

A: Cellphones, because they are so reliable. It takes just a few seconds to send a message and make a phone call despite the distance.

Q: What is needed in the world to make it a better place?

A: We need to love one another.

Q: Do you think we are living in the best or worst time?

A: The worst time, there are so many negative things going on. The crime rate and unemployment is so high and there is a lot of disease.

Q: Which era do you think had the happiest moments in history?

A: During the 60s and 70s. Even though there was no technology, the people back then had jobs and there were not so many diseases and crime.

It seems people had respect towards one another back then.

Q: Food prices are going up, what is your advice to people during these tough economic times?

A: People must save on the money they spend on groceries and not buy things that they don’t need.

Q: Is South Africa ready for a young president?

A: Yes. Young people are more energetic and active. We are innovative.

Q: If you could change anything in Komani what would it be?

A: To add more libraries in the township so that the youth can spend all their time there and gain more knowledge and skills.

The library is like an internet and has everything.

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