Tlomatsana Mantapela has been selected as one of the delegates at Asia World Model United Nations (AWMUN) and she is in need of support from fellow South Africans. She is representing South Africa and the African continent at this annual event taking place in Bali, Indonesia in November 2019.
AWMUN is a Model United Nations carrying different themes on each event. It aims to facilitate young leaders (age 17-25 years old) from different places to broaden their networks and to provide a platform where they may share their perspectives, particularly on World’s issues and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be discussed in each council or committee.
“This event will give me an opportunity to discuss and explore world issues impacting a selected country. It will also enhance my public speaking skills and critical thinking towards social and economic issues, which are skills that can positively impact the country, my academic institution and my village in the foreseeable future”, Mantapela said.
Mantapela is born and bred in a rural village of Ga-Madisha Leolo in Limpopo. She is a 19 year old student at the University of Cape Town. Mantapela is currently a second year student studying Bcom. Accounting and she is a community development advocate. She described herself as a determined student in every aspect with great passion towards international affairs, everything that involves the community and global issues.
Tlomatsana is a top achiever with six (6) distinctions in matric and was selected for the prestigious Targeting Talent Programme of Wits University. The programme was successfully launched in 2007 with a cohort of 267 Grade 10 learners and their teachers from 41 schools across three provinces namely Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Targeting Talent Programme is in a talent pipeline development sector for 10 years.
“I was determined to excel in school, to better my prospects and to have a successful career. I have four siblings and we were raised by a single mother with very limited resources. The Targeting Talent Programme prepared me for life after school and with matric exam preparations”, She added.
Mantapela is a participator in TakeAKidToVarsity and AfroGeek community programmes. TakeAKidToVarsity programme is aimed at assisting learners in rural areas with application to universities and bursaries, whereas AfroGeek programme deals with tutoring learners from local schools. She understands the plight of learners in rural areas and has experienced the same challenges in school. She is also involved in charity works whereby they are assisting local crèches in and around Ga-Madisha Leolo with donations for clothes, utensils and other necessities.
Mantapela is eager and hopeful to attend the event and to gain a deeper understanding on foreign relations and diplomacy. The only thing standing in the way of this young pioneer is lack of funds. She needs an amount of R20 000 to pay for registration, accommodation and airfare. She is humbly requesting support from good Samaritans.
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Any amount will be highly appreciated. If you would like to assist her please kindly contact her on social media:
Facebook: Mantapela Tlomatsana
Registration and accommodation: USD 400 equivalent to ZAR 6000 (To be paid by 31st August 2019)
Average return flight from CPT to Bali: ZAR 14 000
Account Number: 15987146001
Account Type: Savings
Branch Code: 462005
Photo Courtesy of Morem Moloisi