South Africa’s legendary rock icon PJ Powers (aka ‘Thandeka’) will be performing live in London next week, sharing her story and seeking global South Africans to help her in her new role as Global Ambassador for Khulisa's mentorship programme.
What do you think of when someone says the name PJ Powers? Perhaps you're taken back to that incredible performance of The World in Union
at the 1995 World Cup final, televised to millions of people across the globe? Or maybe you remember singing along to her hit 'Jabulani
' on the radio. Whatever first comes to mind, one cannot deny that her husky rock voice will forever be etched into our memories.
No South African can forget PJ Powers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing 'World in Union' at the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final.
PJ Powers is also well known for her role as a musical activist when she stood in solidarity with the struggle for black liberation in the early 1980's. This gave her iconic status in Soweto and throughout the country. Nelson Mandela wrote to her from prison in 1989 saying that she had made a "tremendous impact" on and off the stage:
"You are one of those young people on whom the country pins so much hope"
Powers has taken up a new cause of 'digital humanitarianism' to help with South Africa's current education and employment endemic. She is championing an online mentorship program set up by Khulisa Solutions
which promises to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged South Africans. PJ will be in London next week with the aim of encouraging South Africans abroad to realise the enormous potential they have to help turn South Africa around.I asked PJ what made her want to get involved and she replied:
'When Khulisa approached me asking me to be the Global Ambassador for their mentorship programme, and after reading the manifesto, I immediately jumped at it. Too many people in South Africa feel forgotten, I think that must be a terrible feeling to have.A Whatsapp a week will make a little person feel that someone, somewhere in the world, knows they exist. I also believe the mentor will learn from the mentee thus making it a win-win programme.People in the world need more knowledge, understanding and respect for each other's differences. I believe that mentorship is the way forward. If we reach about 3% of expats worldwide, it could positively affect up to 6 million lives on the ground here in SA.I'm not looking for money, I'm just asking for a little bit of your time...'
PJ Powers is asking Global South Africans to join her in changing the lives of young South Africans by becoming mentors and sharing your knowledge and skills to help bring about sustainable change.
And let's face it, nearly every second friend is fundraising for some cause they are passionate about. Usually this leaves us with that 'urgh' feeling in the pit of our stomachs when yet another friend asks for 'just a fiver'. South Africans abroad often ask me how they can give back in some way, besides emptying out their pockets. Our team here at PharSide got to know about Khulisa a few years ago and we really believe in the great work they do both in SA and the UK. Come find out how you can positively impact someone else's life. And if you're thinking 'but I'm just an ordinary person with nothing special to contribute'... don't underestimate yourself. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has some skill or knowledge to pass on and empower someone else with. And that includes you.We encourage you to join PJ in concert, to hear her life story through narrative and song, following her recent book release titled Here I Am
Date: Thursday 27 October 2016Time: 18h30 - 21h30Venue: South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DP.Buy Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Click here for the Facebook Event Page.