SPOTLIGHT / Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

My name is Tebogo Mphahlele, I’m 18 years old. I’m an Aspiring Chartered Accountant, hence I’m currently doing my BCom in Accounting degree with the University of Johannesburg (working towards my CA(SA) qualification).

The main reason why I chose this route is because I think it’s about time that we have more black females who will dominate the corporate industry, and ensure that we no longer just request for a seat at the table, instead we should start occupying the whole room and ensuring that we create more opportunities for our fellow sisters.


Who is Tebogo and what’s your calling?

I’m a very passionate, goal-driven and God-fearing young lady. My biggest goal in life is to inspire change in the lives of others and in every aspect of my life (whether it be through my Foundation, through my Motivational Speaking, through my modelling career or even through my CA(SA) journey). I can’t truly pin-point what my ‘calling’ is, but what I truly believe is that God has called me on this Earth so that people can see His work and capabilities through me. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope to have nothing left in me, not one bit of talent so that I can say that I used each and every single thing that God gave me.

If you would write a letter to your younger self what would you say?

I would constantly remind my younger self of the fact that I’m more than enough and that I should learn to push my own buttons, meaning that I should inspire myself more frequently. It’s wonderful and convenient when others inspire us but there will be droughts between the supply and demand. Subsidizing with a self-sufficient supply of inspiration serves as our safety net. My other advice would be to live life at “own pace”, “own race”, “own lane” and “God’s timing” and to never compare my Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20.


When did you decide to start LEAD YOUNG SA FOUNDATION, what motivated you?

I started ‘LEAD YOUNG SA’ when I was 16 years old ( 2 years ago). In 2017 I was part of the ‘Spirit Of Youth Program’, arranged by the Gordon Institute Of Business Science (GIBS) and during this year-long program I was exposed to different individuals my age who came from different backgrounds and walks of life. The experience and our dialogues made me realize that the youth of South Africa has so much potential. However it also made me realize that there is a lot of ‘uncapped potential’ in the township areas that needs to be invested in, hence the main aim of the Foundation is to bridge the gap between young individuals in the suburbs and those living in township areas by exposing them to more opportunities and useful resources. I also want to change the mindsets of young South Africans who think that they are ‘too young’ to achieve their dreams and goals through the Foundation, while ensuring that the individuals from underprivileged backgrounds realize that their backgrounds don’t define who they are nor what they are capable of achieving.

What are key essential tools young people need to know before they start an organisation?

Their initiative or organisation needs to be in line with what they truly stand for and represent. The passion that they have for the organisation or initiative will be evident in the work they produce and in the long-term it’ll be evident in the impact that the organisation will make.

They shouldn’t start their organisations for the wrong reasons (i.e. just to have the ‘CEO’ title next to their name, to make money or for popularity purposes).

There’s an abundant number of organisations so it’s always wise to do some research and see how you can make yours different from the others.

Collaboration is key!


You an aspiring chartered accountant, what tips can you give a high school looking to venture in this career?

Just like with any other career, Chartered Accountancy requires passion. You need to priorities properly. Expose yourself to the industry you want to get into before you even complete your studies for clarity on whether or not this route is for you, big Accounting firms such as Deloitte, KPMG and PwC do offer such opportunities, especially during your Matric year and your early years of Varsity (prior to completing your articles). It’s going to be a bumpy ride filled with sleepless nights, but once you get the ‘CA(SA)’ title next to your name you’ll realize that the hard work and sleepless nights were worth it.


What has your biggest achievement been and why?

In 2018 I got nominated for the ‘Woman Of Stature, Woman Of The Year’ Award in the ‘Youth Ambassador’ category and I was the youngest nominee. I was also awarded the 2018 ‘Global Youth’ Award. These were my highlights for 2018 because they made me realize that there’s no such thing as being “too young”, the magnitude or size of your dreams is not determined by your age.

What’s one thing that people don’t know about you?

I’m actually a good writer and an aspiring author, I’m currently in the process of writing my very first book which I hope to publish before the end of the year.

What does being Young and Spiritually Inspired mean to you?

To me it means being a young person who meditates on God’s word and shares it with the masses (particularly younger people) and does not conform to the patterns of this World, but instead becomes transformed by the renewing of their minds and by so doing everyone gravitates towards them as they see God’s work through them.

List your favourite books for us:

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma

I Write What I Like – Steve Biko

The Art of Thinking Clearly – Rolf Dobelli

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson

ZERO to ONE – Peter Thiel

The Magna Carta of Exponential-

What do you know for sure?

That if the essence of my being has caused a smile upon other people’s faces, then in living I have made my mark. I also truly believe that I’ve been called to inspire change and that’s precisely what I’ll do


Instagram : Tebo.Mphahlele

Twitter : Ms_Tebz

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