Siboniso Mngomezulu is a 22-year-old motivational speaker who is reaching out to his peers through his skill of motivational speaking.
Mngomezulu, who is from Phase 6 in Bloemfontein, is passionate about young people and has been motivating high school learners since last year, encouraging them to focus on their dreams and not to give up.
Education MEC of the Free State, Tate Makgoe, was extremely impressed by his talk, he invited him to speak to more learners during the his school visits as MEC.
According to Mngomezulu, he realised that some young people were losing faith, they wanted to give up and had no direction in life nor the will to pursue their dreams. He realised this while he was in high school. It was this experience that sparked him to venture into motivational speaking and after his mentor had imparted positive words to him, he decided in turn he wanted to do the same for others.
Mngomezulu is a student at the University of the Free State and the brain behind the “End Year Youth Talk at the Parks” where he gathers a handful of young people and motivates them.
With the lockdown prohibiting gatherings of a large number of people, he has been using social media and radio to reach out to his peers. He has been on Motheo FM, Civic FM and Bergman Square FM. He has also launched a Facebook video series where he uploads a motivational video every Monday.
Mngomezulu said his aim is to see young people rising above challenges and becoming what they aim to be. He concluded that positive words have the power to change lives. “When I engage with young people I make sure I relate to them. It’s not just about words but the power in those words can change lives. Positive words can go a long way in inspiring people to reach for their dreams,” said Mngomezulu.