LEPHALALE — Ephy Mathebula, finalist for Schwarzkopf Mrs. South Africa 2016 was until recently acting Chief Financial Officer at Lephalale Municipality but has resigned from her position. Mogol Post spoke to Ephy about her resignation and her future plans.
“I actually resigned in November last year. I started to work at Lephalale Local Municipality in 2005 and at the time of my resignation I was Manager: Internal Audit. She was requested to stay on for a period of six to seven months, which has now lapsed. I always wanted to do more with my life and now is the time” says Ephy. She says she is a completely different person today than she was in November 2015 and fear always held her back.
She wanted to work for a salary for at least ten years, which she did, but in the background she also registered a business, which she is going to optimise now. “I wanted to get out and do something on my own – then Mrs South Africa found me on the way” she said.
This mother of three children, aged 13, 7 and 4 years old, will focus on girls whether she wins the Mrs SA title or not. “I want to focus on the education of teenage girls and teenage pregnancies and the enormous influence it can have on the rest of your life.”
Ephy has an agreement with the Waterberg Department of Education that she can have access to schools in the area – with the focus on schools in rural areas – to educate girls on a regular basis regarding reducing pregnancies, empowering them to make their own decisions and teaching them that they have the right to say no.
‘I want to use Mrs SA as a platform to engage with young girls. I want to reduce teenage pregnancies.
She will also focus on telling the girls about the importance of academic achievements and attending school for the right reasons. The “Back to School Campaign” will start in January 2017 when the new school year starts” she says.
Ephy’s campaigns will initially start in the Waterberg area but her passion is to broaden it to the rest of South Africa at a later stage.
“It starts with you and you can manage your own life. Be encouraged enough to set your own goals and do whatever it takes to achieve them. People may not understand or approve of your choices but if you are convinced that it’s what you want, why not?” she concludes.
Mrs SA will be crowned on 21 October at Emperors Palace.