Local girl to study in US

LEPHALALE — Former Miss Lephalale TVET College, Kamogelo Phahladira, is going to study in the USA.
Kamogelo, aged 23, was born in Ga-Masipa, Bakenburg in the Waterberg District and says she has always loved dramatic arts, film and TV production.
Though she obtained lacklustre results in her matric, it did not make her give up.
“I couldn’t go to university to study what I wanted and afterwards I went to a college in Johannesburg to improve on my academic career. There I fell in love with modelling and I entered every pageant I could. In December I received my Diploma. However my father was not satisfied and he insisted that I study Human Resource Management in Lephalale”, Kamogelo explained.
She says she knew deep down that one day she would have the opportunity to revisit a career in Media.
Her pageant career continued as soon as she arrived in Lephalale, where in 2015 she was in the top 10 of Miss Lephalale FM 2015.
In 2016 she was crowned as Miss Lephalale TVET College.
“Initially I did not know what was expected of me. I embraced the uncertainty, found myself developing as a humanitarian and through that title I was able to give back to the community.
The crown gave me the opportunity to meet people at schools, different religions, privileged and unprivileged as well as the chance to make new friends. My proudest moment was when I initiated a food drive called “I can we can wipe out poverty for 67 minutes for Madiba”. We went from door to door asking for non-perishable goods to be donated to underprivileged people and through this we managed to give groceries to 15 families,” she said.
Kamogelo tells her peers that they must not allow circumstances to restrict them from achieving their goals. Do not allow socio-economic situations define you.
“Who would have guessed that a young girl from Ga-Masipa would travel to the United States of America for this scholarship? If I could do it, you can do it,” she said.
Kamogelo has been awarded a J 1 sponsorship to study Film and TV Production at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill campus for two years.
She is departing from South Africa on 17 September and will start her studies on 25 September 2017.

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