Updated: May 23
A man that lives by his work, a great hero in the community. Inspired by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, and other well-known philanthropists, Clerence Ramatsetse was encouraged to make a difference in the lives of people. Well known in the Ga-Sekhukhune community for his selfless services that impact the welfare of community members. Born in Ga-Sekhukhune Village in Limpopo province, raised in a stable family and firstborn of three siblings. He started his selfless journey as manager of Lehlabile education development project (LEDEP) that aimed to expose high school learner to post-secondary education by providing career guidance so that there make the right career choices.
As his passion for improving the lives of people grew, he started an NPO called Arekopaneng Sport, Edu-Care, and Entrepreneurship (ASEED). The NPO that focuses on three programs namely; sports program that aims to groom the existing soccer teams in the community; entrepreneurship program that aims to normalize entrepreneurship and provide mentorship to local business; educational programs that focus on improving the learning experience of children with disability and from disadvantaged households. Mahlatse believes that the three programs intertwined can improve the socio-economic status in the life of the underprivileged. His hard work and passion to improve the welfare of others have greatly made a mark in Sekhukhune village, amongst other success stories, one of the companies that his NPO mentored was recognized in Sekhukhune top 70 entrepreneurs, and their soccer team winning R30 000.00 worth of prizes that were used to develop the team and team members.
However, it has not always been a smooth road for the philanthropist, one of the challenges being financial resources to manage the day to day operations and to pay volunteers. "Our organization does not only aim to impact the lives of the community but to also improve the lives of our volunteers who are selfless and serving the community with passion, this will also encourage people to get involved in community work" His vision is not confined within the borders of South Africa, he envisions working with stakeholders from all over Africa to improve the living conditions of Africans and beyond.
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