‘It’s amazing what a child can achieve if you give them love and encouragement’
Nine years ago, Fikile “Fiks” Mahola, a successful soap opera actor on popular 7de Laan, gave up everything because he felt a calling to do more with his life to assist others.
Today, Mahola, 38, is one of the founding members of Masinyusane Development, a Nelson Mandela Bay organisation which focuses on the development of young children in the townships.
For the past eight years, Mahola’s tireless work through the organisation has assisted and supported hundreds of matriculants to get to university and graduate.
For his work, Mahola has been nominated and selected as a finalist in this year’s The Herald GM Citizen of the Year.
“It is amazing what a child can achieve in this world if you just give them a little love and encouragement. That is all we do at Masinyusane Development,” he said.
“We give them this love because it is these kids who will one day effect changes here in the townships.”
Through its Top Learner Programme, Mahola works closely with 34 high schools in the townships to identify deserving matrics who qualify for university.
Masinyusane Development then provides the necessary educational support to ensure they pass and get accepted to NMMU.
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