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.

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