Transform SA Digital Issue 29 - Magazine - Page 31
"What inspired me
mostly was the
push to become
I have always
known what I
want to be at a
very young age."
FROM AGE 12
While successful black fashion designers
are a rarity in the townships, there are
those who have made great strides.
Sibusiso Mahone (28) is one of them. As young as 12 Mahone knew he
wanted to become a fashion designer.
As music, culture, and attire have always gone hand in hand, Mahone
has managed to dress well-known musicians such as Cassper Nyovest,
Tresor, Msaki, Siphokazi to name a few. Mahone has appeared on Top
Billing, SABC News, Business day TV and other media platforms.
What inspired you to become a fashion designer?
What inspired me mostly was the push to become better because I
have always known what I want to be at a very young age. And I didn't
take no for an answer.
You were recently invited to the SONA 2020 by president Cryril
Ramaphosa, tell us about that.
As part of the SONA speech, the president mentioned me as one of
the SMEs to look out for, because my business is taking off really well.
You worked in retail space for a while and you had to resign to focus
fully on fashion. What was the motivation behind that?
To kick start my journey in fashion. Upon completing my studies, I
continued to work as an intern for AFI for 2 years with the dream of
showcasing on the main stage with great designers such as Maxhosa
and David Tlale.
AFI gave you that chance to showcase your collection and show
the world what you can do. What happened next?
After my Cape Town Fashion Week breakthrough, I was featured in a
number of local media publications and international publications such
as Vogue Italia, Teeth Magazine.
ON A MISSION TO
Whether educating the youth in Soweto or
looking after the elderly in Alex, the social
entrepreneur model is thriving in South Africa.
Louisa Molise (35) who was born and raised in Soweto understands
this. In 2009 she founded a nonprofit organisation called Young
Woman Group. Transform SA talks to her about her organisation.
What does your organisation do?
We are offering empowering services through motivational talks.
We also provide corporate employee inspirational talks, educational
classroom inspirational talk services to learners from Grade 7 - 12 and
also varsity students from first year to third year. We also run annual
CSI programs such as 100 School Shoe donation drive, 500 Sanitary
Pads donation, 50 school uniform and 50 Stationery Giving. The second
project is the End Hunger and Poverty Project. We donate food parcels
and clothing items to orphanages especially those living in informal
settlements. The third project is the Gogo I Care Project where we
look after elderly people. Lastly, our fourth project is called Change My
Life, which is a prison program where we provide inspirational talk to
inmates from juveniles, medium A and B male offenders and female
offenders as well. We also donate motivational books to the Department
of Correctional Services for inmates to improve their reading skills.
As a social entrepreneur, what does pay it forward mean to you?
It means, when someone does something for you, instead of paying
that person back directly, you pass it on to another person.
Do you think the future is bright for the Youth of South Africa
Yes! Firstly, I would say, today's youth must learn to have a vision and
focus like eagles. Also, be redirected to reach greater heights despite
the problems such as poverty, crime and corruption.
What do you hope your organisation achieves?
I want to see the Young Woman Group growing and creating value
to all businesses, and to support people to have meaningful lives in
"I want to see the Young
Woman Group growing
and creating value to all
Volume 25 • 2020