LEPHALALE — Phillip Mosima, Regional Manager at the Department of Labour in Lephalale grew up in the Lephalale area and spent his high school years in Seleka. He went to work in Brits as a dispatch clerk after he matriculated. Thereafter he worked as a consultant for a legal company, but when their offices moved to Durban, he decided to come back to the Bushveld. It was then that he started to work as a labour consultant. He has been part of the Department of Labour since 1997.
Mosima is married to Elsie and they have three children.
Asking him about the Apartheid regime, he says that it was a bad thing because it prevented him from getting further in life after school. His mother was a domestic worker and his father, a builder, was absent because he had to work far from home. “They couldn’t pay for me to go to university because they didn’t earn enough money” he says.
“In my Grade 11 and Grade 12 years I received a total amount of R80 for two years. When I completed my matric, I still owed the school R75. The principal accommodated me and said he would give me my results although my account at school was in arrears. Someone helped me back then and gave me the R75 as well as transport money so that I could start my future” Phillip says.
Phillip also says that the world after Apartheid is a far better place than it was when he grew up. “I am able to cater better for my children than my parents were able to. Our children have opportunities. The doors are open for us now and we have to encourage our children to study further” he concluded.
Today his parents are both still alive and well and he can help them. “I thank God for the fact that I am so blessed to still have both my parents with me” he said.
Phillip’s message to others is that there will always be differences between people, no matter what colour your skin is. “In my view we should concentrate on our children and on tomorrow – let’s open the road for them to have a better future. Let’s stand together and think about the good things every day brings”.