As a smart child from a poor family, former nurse Nomsa Theledi, now 47, thought about how to improve her disadvantaged situation.
She spent her childhood working hard and hoping for the better, while walking about thirsty kilometres from home to school and back every day.
Finally, she completed her matric, went to a college of nursing and became a nurse.
Born in Thulamahashe, Mpumalanga province, Theledi, a mother of four, is now based in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. She owns Bothabelo Bed & Breakfast in Phalaborwa and established Nomsa Na Mati Foundation.
“I worked as a professional nurse for 17 years before resigning in 2010 to start my own business,” she said.
Theledi’s entrepreneurial spirit started when she was still a learner. As she travelled long distances to school, she carried a bottle of water and made her thirty fellow learners pay per sip. Soon, Theledi earned enough to pay for her own lunch and to buy groceries for her mother.
Since she started her foundation, she’s been organising charity events to assist local struggling children from poor families.
Her latest event was a charity dinner with Christiaan Hanssen, a cosmopolitan citizen of The Hague and sustainability consultant, who runs the Silonque Bush Estate & Spa Lodge near the Kruger National Park, and raised R60 000.
She said the money of Nomsa Na Mati Foundation is intended to assisting the local Phalaborwa disadvantaged children.
The foundation also promotes and develops a culture of reading and learning by supporting tertiary students from Phalaborwa.