Seadimo Tlale – a leader of tommorrow


Galoome Shopane

She may have caught your attention as the vibrant, youngest of six contestants in the second season of the reality programme One Day Leader on SABC 1. Free Stater Seadimo Tlale (19), serves as an inspiration to both young and old with her fresh childhood and adulthood dreams. Many people have a dream, overt or covert, to have an impact, or better yet, make a change in the lives of those around them.

One Day Leader is a television programme whereby six young people, aged between 18 and 25, showcase their potential in leadership. The contestants compete for the coveted title of One Day Leader. The show aims to educate South Africa’s young people on leadership skills while tackling political, social and economic matters in modern day South Africa. The programme seeks to create a social leader with a blend of both business and political sense in their quest for social change. Her motivation for entering One Day Leader was to inspire young people to take charge of their lives and own the future. Being the youngest and inevitably the least experienced in the youth reality show, Tlale definitely feels the heat in the studio. "I face a lot more challenges than the other contestants because there is pressure on me. Being the youngest everybody is expecting certain things, like for me to fail; I mean everybody has experience and the only thing I have behind me is my high school." She says that her personal challenge has been to overcome everybody looking down on her and to rise to the challenge of proving herself to herself, "by becoming a leader that disregards age."

Tlale is big on helping others as she has also been and still is on the give-and-take stick. "I am a personal believer in helping other people to recognise and achieve their own dreams," she says. Right now the soundtrack playing in the background of her life is "Hall of fame" by The Script and Will.I.Am, she says. For a fresh out-of-high school teenager to speak with such passion and devotion about helping others is proof that the future of South Africa is definitely not doomed. Tlale believes when you help somebody, you give them the opportunity to help somebody else, for that person to help someone else too, and so the cycle of ubuntu bulges.
It’s quite a comical opposite how the bold youngster who is determined to change the world and have her voice heard by all those willing to listen, states that she loves funny movies and of course, chess.
Just like any typical girl Tlale looks up to her mother. "I hope to be a woman like mom one day," she says.