Charlotte Mokoena is the Executive Vice-President for Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Sasol but she's also the mom of one of the most prominent women in South Africa - Bonang Matheba. She recently opened up to what it's like being the mother of someone as influential and famous as Bonang.
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Bonang Matheba needs no introduction. She's one of South Africa's most successful TV personalities and has a huge following - people who affectionately call her Queen B.
Of course, there are the haters too, and hearing the negative things people have to say about Bonang can't always be easy for her mother.
ZAlebs reports that Charlotte sees the negative publicity her daughter sometimes receives as the same as bullying. She says it's the same kind of pain and admits it is not easy. She added that the parent of a bullied child feels pain, regardless of the age of their child.
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Charlotte also said that when she sees that her daughter might be about to make a mistake, she'll be there for her. She will be there to remind Bonang that she doesn't have to listen to everybody.
A lesson Charlotte feels parents should teach their children is that those that want to pull you down are already feeling down.
People give what they have – if they have hatred, that's what they give you, if they have love, that’s what they give you, if they have encouragement, that’s what they give you. If they want the best for you, that’s what they give you, if they pray, that’s what they give you. And if they are bitter, that’s what they give you.
Finally, Bonang's mother said to ignore the bitter people, do not join them. Every person should decide who they listen to.
It is clear that Charlotte instilled powerful values in her daughter since birth and it shows in the graceful way Bonang is normally handling all that comes her way.
Now that's inspirational food for thought in this Women's Month.
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