Highlights from episode 2 of the Flourishing Women Edition with Thembi Kgatlana

Thembi Kgatlana

Episode 2 of the Pat On Brands Dialogues: Flourishing Women’s Edition (brought to you by MTNPulse and Lerato Agency) took place this past Wednesday, the 11th of August. We watched Miss Mamelodi Sundown North West 2021, Fortune Mbopo hosting a Banyana Banyana star who has since joined Atletico Madrid, Thembi Kgatlana.

Pat on Brands Dialogues with Fortune Mbopo and Thembi Kgatlana

Humble beginings

Thembi shared her journey from humble beginnings of being a little girl in Mohlakeng (west of Johannesburg) to becoming an international soccer player. Her self-awareness and her knowing that she is destined for greatness started from a very young age. “I knew that I was needed somewhere, I just did not know where”, said Thembi.

One highlight that gave the viewers more knowledge of Thembi’s personality has to be the part where she shared her view around hard work, friends, and education. There is a strong stereotype around soccer players being uneducated individuals. Thembi brought a little bit of light on how she values education. She attributes most of the opportunities she had to have gone to school.

Determination drives excellence

Determination is what separates those who follow their passion from those who choose to follow one path. It is safe to say that Thembi falls under the group of determined individuals. In her matric year, she was selected to play for our national team, Banyana Banyana. She only attended school for 6 months and still managed to pass with an average of 85%.

A lot of lessons came from this Dialogue, like diet, the importance of staying true to oneself as well as knowing when to strike.

Catch next week’s dialogue on Wednesday the 18th of August at 12:00 featuring Nandi Jiyane and Pertunia Sibanyoni. The dialogue will be live on all Pat On Brands social media pages, you could be the next winner for Thembi Kgatlana’s book, titled Strike A Rock.

International soccer star, Thembi Kagatlana joins the POB Dialogues Flourishing Women Edition – brought to you by MTN Pulse

Thembi Kgatlana

For the first time in the history of the Pat on Brands Dialogues, we will be having a soccer star as our storyteller. Thembi Kgatlana will be joining episode 2 of the Pat on Brands Dialogues – Flourishing Women Edition on Wednesday, 11 August 2021 at 12 pm. She will be joining us live from Spain, where she currently plays for Atletico Madrid’s women’s team.

Meet the host

Fortune Mbopo
Fortune Mbopo,

Hosting episode 2 is non-other than Fortune Mbopo, who wears the crown of Miss Mamelodi Sundowns North West 2021. Fortune is passionate about the development of young girls. She has won multiple awards including the Presidential Award Winner for Compassion and work with young girls and women.

A little bit about Thembi Kgatlana

Thembi Kgatlana
Thembi Kgatlana

Born Chrestinah Thembi kgatlana, affectionately known as Thembi Kgalana. She is known as a woman who went for everything that people said she could not achieve.

In her memoir, Strike A Rock, Thembi bares herself open to the reader by sharing her life story. She rose from the dusty streets of Mohlakeng and became a world champion.

In a world where patriarchy is still very rife, were comments like “A woman should be…” or “A woman shouldn’t be…”. Thembi’s world is no different, the only difference is that she pushed through all the closed doors.

Being a black woman is hard enough, being a woman in a male-dominated sport is a whole new monster to tackle, and she did it anyway.

Striking for Greatness

It’s safe to say that Thembi’s career is on an upward trajectory, she went from playing for local clubs until she joined our national women’s club, Banyana Banyana from 2016 until present. Thembi has also played for clubs based overseas, such as the US-based Houghton Dash(2018) and Beigjin BG Pheonix F.C in China (2019) to name a few.

Her most recent achievement is being signed by Atletico Madrid.

Register now and you could win

Episode 2 of the Flourishing Women Edition is proudly brought to you by Lerato Agency and MTN Pulse. Stay on the pulse by registering for the Dialogue here. Three lucky winners will be selected during the Dialogue, prizes include a signed copy of Thembi Kgatlana’s Book as well as two brand new Samsung A31 smartphones.

The Flourishing Women Edition started on a high note with Nompumelelo Satsha and Yolisa Pasipanodya

Yolisa Pasipanodya

The first episode of the Pat On Brands Dialogues: Flourishing Women Edition this past Wednesday, the 4th of August 2021 live on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. It definitely started off on a really fascinating note, enough to keep eyeballs glued to the screen.

Flourishing Women
Nompumelelo Satsha and Yolisa Pasipanodya

The dialogue was hosted by Nompumelelo Satsha, who is no stranger to the platform. One could say it’s safe to say that she is our resident Women’s Month Edition host. Mpumi is not only good at hosting guests, but she also engages the storyteller in a way that keeps the dialogue light and easy to take in. In this episode, she hosted Yolisa Pasipanodya.

Leadership is like motherhood

Yolisa is the Managing Director at Meropa Communications with over 22 years of experience in the marketing and communications industry. She shared some enlightening moments from her childhood that shaped the woman she has become. One of the things that stood out was how her mother molded the type of mother and leader she has become. Her personal experience of being a mother also plays a role in her leadership style and in the way that she handles business.

Some examples she made were how a newborn baby is similar to a small business. They need a lot of love, nurturing, and late nights in the beginning. It gets tough, but that doesn’t mean that you give up and throw in the towel.

“The beauty of resilience is about having the ability to get back up when you are knocked down. It is also about confidence”, said, Yolisa Pasipanodya.

Resilience, confidence, hard work, and passion are the recipe for success, concluded, Yolisa.

Remember to set reminders for next week’s dialogue where Fortune Mbopo will be hosting our very own Banyana Banyana player who now plays international, Thembi Kgatlana. The dialogue will go live on all Pat on Brands platforms next week Wednesday, the 11th at 12:00.

An evening with Mzamo Masito: The prospects of Marketing in 2020 and beyond

The last Pat On Brands Dialogue for the year, was an intimate yet powerful one. We gathered at the hallowed halls of the Pat On Brands headquarters, at Tshimologong Precinct, in Braamfontein Johannesburg. This past Thursday, 5 November 2020. All COVID-19 protocol was observed.

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