- Koketso Johannes Maake experienced many challenges while growing up in Mapaan Village
- After matriculating, Koketso took a chance by travelling to Gauteng in search of better opportunities
- Today, he's the proud owner of his own business, holds a key position at an NGO and is involved in various projects to uplift the youth and impoverished
Growing up in the dusty streets of Mapaan Village presented its fair share of challenges for Koketso Johannes Maake.
As a young man with ambition, he found opportunities hard to come by and eventually took the big step to experience city life, as he moved to Gauteng.
It was a huge adjustment and Koketso took the plunge without any career prospects or knowledge of life in an urban or city environment.
Reflecting on those early days, Koketso said, "Whatever life throws at you now, it makes you stronger and prepares you to do better. The pain you feel today cannot be compared to the joy that is coming."
Although it took hard work, bravery and dedication, Koketso's move has paid off handsomely.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the young man founded his own business, Dintle and Diditle traders, and works as a director and youth development manager at Masilo Kgatle Foundation.
Through his work at the NGO, Koketso is able to fulfil his ambition of uplifting impoverished communities and presenting opportunities for the youth.
Koketso touched on the foundation's recent initiatives: "Last year we hosted the first Mapaana Career Talk and Role Modelling at Mapaana Primary School's open fields.
"I am glad to announce that some of the learners from the event who applied for the Entrepreneur Scholarship from Allan Gray have been shortlisted and will be informed of the outcomes soon."
Koketso also revealed one of the objectives is to build a Youth Development and Science Centre for the school.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported on the story of a young village boy who successfully graduated has gone back to his community to empower the youth.
Karabo J Sekgale, who served as a South African Goodwill Ambassador, runs a project aimed at assisting youth from disadvantaged areas in Limpopo.
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