Full name: Koketso Penny Makua
Likes: Ice cream, pasta & laughter
Dislikes: prideful people who look down on others, poverty, negative talk/mindset
Please tell us about yourself.
I am a wife & mom of 3 boys, born in Hammanskraal and raised in Klerksdorp. I think of myself as fierce in pursuit of what I put my mind to. I choose to always look at my glass as half full rather than half empty, because I believe God for His every Word, I am certain that I can do all things through Christ (my Lord and saviour) who strengthens me! In other words, I believe that with hard work, proper planning, persistence and God on my side I can win any battle I choose to engage in. I am a simple person; I love life and I choose very carefully whom I involve in my close-knit circle. Professionally I am a Communication Expert specialising in organisational communication, I am the founder and sole director of Miss & Mrs Township South Africa, and recently launched Miss Township South Africa Teen. I also run a coaching business that focuses on business and career coaching.
Please share with us an experience that almost destroyed you, an experience that almost cost you your life, however you decided to go out there and Fetch Your Life
A business deal gone terribly wrong sometime back cost us almost everything we owned. I had a new-born baby and all hell was breaking loose. With barely any other support we had no choice but to solely rely on God. At some point it got so bad that we literally had to trust in the Lord to fill our pantry, and He did. Having had never struggled financially in life this was a very tough period for me, I contemplated possible suicide even, but God is faithful. A golden opportunity came up which was able to balance us until we were stable enough to launch out in our different areas of specialty. I’ve learnt that it’s in the dark moments that a light bulb often lights up, even the stars shines brightest then. Tough times certainly don’t last, we’re to always remain hopeful for a better tomorrow. It was during this time that I identified the gap in the career coaching market and my career coaching business was born.
How has this experience impacted your life?
I’ve learnt to not rely on things that are shakeable, it’s only God who has the power to lift you out of the pit of complete darkness. Whether things are going good or bad we should always rely on the ultimate Source, the Giver of Life. Only He has the power to keep you sane during a storm. Things come & go, so do people but God never changes!
Do you think that had it not been for this experience you would have become the person you are?
Yes and no, I believe that you can never miss your destiny if you tune hard enough to who you are, you will always find your path because the truth is it’s already there. However, this experience taught me that there is absolutely nothing in this world that can happen to you that will break you, UNLESS you decide to submit your power! I became bolder, stronger and fearless. Nothing that I will go through on my life will ever be enough to cancel out God’s plans for me, it is called a process for a reason, it prepares you for next level you. I would have never known this truth without that fire.
What advise do you have for someone that has been through the same experience?
No matter what’s happening today, the sun will still rise, and it will still set. In other words, life must go on, feel the pain, go through the loss, embrace the heartache BUT don’t build your home there! A man called Nehemiah in the Bible taught us the huge lesson that there will come moments in your life where you must begin/continue to build even if you do it with one hand and a sword on the other hand! Whatever your sword is at some point you will have to make the decision to get up and continue even though you’re still feeling the pain or impact of that occurrence.
What does women Empowerment mean to you?
Empowerment means the ability to activate someone, a business, a community etc into realising their potential and mobilising them to utilising it. There are so many issues in the world because there are still many people who hold the keys to these issues but they’re either not aware that they do hold the answer or if they do they don’t know how to implement it. It’s amazing how many people will tell you a thousand reasons why not to as opposed to holding onto that one reason why! Opening people’s minds and eyes to the possibility of who they truly are, who they were created to be is the greatest empowerment, at-least so I believe! You become unstoppable when you realise what you possess within you!
Tell us about your pageantry history.
I have always loved pageants, I always used to enter local township pageants and for some weird reason would always bag the title. At some point in primary school I would organize my own small pageant in our back yard with all the local kids being contestants. I also entered Miss Tinkerbell in Orkney and was 2nd princess. I modelled under Sandy B in Klerksdorp which became hard to sustain due to boarding school.
What inspired you to start Miss and Mrs Townships SA?
I have a yearning within me to spark a revolution of women who believe in themselves and are not ashamed to own their true selves. Women who are not as concerned about the fluff and Instagram likes as they are about touching and changing lives, not only their lives but their greater communities. Starting Miss & Mrs Township South Africa was so much more than just engaging in the beauty pageantry industry, the beauty pageant in essence is a means to an end but not the end in itself! I look at the first class of 2020 amidst the chaos, they have soared, they are mentality refined and activated to be change agents in their communities. If it’s that they only walked away believing in themselves, that alone is more than enough! Many have gone on to engage in various activities which affirms to me that the core objective has been achieved.
What are some of your achievements?
Through my foundation Little Girl Arise By Koketso Makua and in collaboration with Eternity Sanitary Towels we managed to distribute at least 5 000 quality sanitary pads nationwide ensuring that each recipients receives atleast 6 packs of 10 which should be sufficient for 6 months.
Working as a key individual on the Africa Gold Quill award and the Governance Awards with Professor Mervin King as the Key Note speaker.
Successful running of an 8 part series of women empowerment session called I Am Women broadcast of Africa Magic’s Good Morning Africa.
Being a finalist for Mrs South Africa.
What should we expect from you in 2021?
A bigger focus on my coaching business working mostly with SMME’s. The great thing about my businesses is that I get to integrate them. I’ll also be stepping into the unknown, into the insurance industry in partnership with my husband.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
To be totally honest, I am so much more concerned about the legacy I take with me into eternity than that I leave behind and that is sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
In leaving an earthly legacy I wish to be remembered to have touched lives in a way that changes the trajectory of their generations. To put it simpler, my mission is simple open people’s eye to their calling, equip them with the tools to build on their lives and that of others, show them how to make it sustainable. And of course Miss & Mrs Township South Africa, and Teen – the aim is for the legacy to continue beyond my existence!
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