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BOAF is pleased to induct Ms. Makgotso Allina Lebajoa to into the 10,000 Points of Light.

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Ms. Alisha Smith said: “I am so excited to induct Ms. Makgotso Allina Lebajoa (MAL) into this 10,000 Points of Light (POL) bank of the living.

It is not ironic that when one departs from the living, accolades follow but in life, people generally never pause to reflect on the true meaning and purpose of life to allow them to salute the living legends or the Points of Light that they live with.

This initiative is about connecting the dots and using the dots to build a diverse and inclusive community in which all who choose to be in it count.

I was not at the event that was hosted by the Pan African Business Forum (PABF) at the prestigious Royal India Restaurant yesterday or 26 May 2022 in honour of the visiting Vice President of the PABF, Mr. Austin Rollins Cooper Jr but I was informed that MAL was present in flesh.

In this digital civilization, the pathways to acquiring customers necessarily must involve digital weapons and the future jobs will call for different actors.

It is for this reason that MAL’s digital skills are weapons that we need to accelerate the construction of a Bank of 10,000 self-starters.

The fact that she is a woman is icing on the cake.  As women, it is easy to believe that one needs a wagon carried by a male actor while forgetting that we have a duty to pull our wagons.

I see problems the same way MAL sees them, and these problems do not require the mind and creativity of either men or women, but they just call for solutions.

Personally, I would rather be surrounded by problem-solvers than by exclusive females in the search for solutions.”

MAL responded by saying: “I am deeply honored to be part of this movement and I hope that my light on the following areas will shine: “IT sales and support industry. Skilled in systems training, database administration, client onboarding, and software,” so that the future of Africa can be a little brighter because of my personal value add.

When Mr. Mpasiri invited me to the dinner yesterday, I had no idea of what was in store, and as such my expectations were not high.

It was refreshing to meet people I had never met yet our minds met on what is required to be done to secure the future that I want to see.

I was pleased with the inspiring speeches during the program that provoked me to ask the question: “If I am not a POL, then who should be?”

I am a people person and I believe that my attitude is my weapon to scale the heights of opportunity which multiply if one locates themselves with other aspiring persons.

I will deposit my friends into this bank of mine and by being a member, I have no one to tell me to belong for I have chosen to find myself in a crowd of 10,000 points of light.

All my life, I have been looking to be part of something that is bigger than me and through Mr. Mpasiri, I am ready to learn to be the best community builder that exists in my sphere of influence.

I am inspired and fired up.”

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THE AFRICA I WANT – THUMBS UP TO MS. JANICE GREAVER, A MEMBER OF BOAF, ON HER APPOINTMENT TO THE INTERIM COMMITTEE OF THE GAUTENG BOXING PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION

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Mr. Frederick Koomson, Director of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) congratulated Ms. Janice Greaver, a member of BOAF, on her appointment on 14 December 2022 to the Interim Committee by the National Executive Committee of the National Professional Boxing Promoters Association following the disbandment by the NEC of the Gauteng Boxing Promoters Association.

He said: “On behalf of BOAF, I wish to congratulate Ms. Greaver on this important appointment as a bridge to the AGM to be held in March 2023 to be part of the interim committee to administer the affairs of a sport in which the marginalization and exclusion of women in professional boxing is a substantial national and international problem and a negation of the constitutional promise of equal participation in all spheres of human endeavor.

Against an uncontested backdrop that male boxers compete in 10 out of 10 possible weight categories, female boxers have gained access to this previously closed realm, discrimination, exclusion and unequal treatment of female athletes and administrators remains a widespread problem in SA professional boxing.

This development should provoke, inspire and ignite interest more women to step forward and up to the plate as administrators of this important sport.”

Set out below is a conversation with Ms. Greaver as part of the initiative to promote and celebrate the building of an inclusive Africa that speaks to the Africa I Want as a member of BOAF but also as an African who believes that any ripple that shakes the status quo should be noted, profiled, showcased and celebrated.”

[12/18, 5:50 AM] BOAF00012: Good morning Ms. Greaver. Can you briefly explain your association with the Interim Committee as reported in an article published by the Sowetan under the title: “Boxing association hits back at claims of sabotage over botched Mayweather trip?”

[12/18, 6:09 AM] Janice Greaver: Good morning Caroline. I have been appointed as Treasurer of the interim committee.

[12/18, 6:11 AM] BOAF00012: Who appointed you?

[12/18, 6:14 AM] Janice Greaver: I was appointed by the NEC of the National Professional Boxing Promoters Association

[12/18, 6:14 AM] BOAF00012: When was the appointment and what informed the appointment?

[12/18, 6:21 AM] Janice Greaver: The appointment was made on 14 December 2022, following the disbandment by the NEC of the Gauteng Boxing Promoters Association – a structure not recognized in terms of the South African Boxing Act, 2001.

[12/18, 6:22 AM] BOAF00012: Thanks. What is your personal and professional relationship with the sport of boxing and also is this your first relationship with the administration of the sport?

[12/18, 7:16 AM] Janice Greaver: My personal relationship with Boxing began years ago when I stepped into a Boxing gym for the first time, determined to get into the best shape of my life.

Stepping into that Boxing gym changed my life – I was introduced to a version of myself that had been dormant my whole life, a version of myself that woke up at 4am every day to be in the gym, a version of myself that was disciplined beyond what I had ever been before, and a version of myself that lived and breathed Boxing. 

Given that I’m a professional in the corporate world, I had no desire to become a boxer myself, but knew I had to get involved in the sport somehow.

I had been involved with Boxing only for fitness, but I gradually got introduced to professional Boxing, where I saw a world of opportunity to get involved in promoting the sport.

I then got licensed as a Boxing Promoter with Boxing South Africa (BSA) and my relationship with boxing graduated from being a purely personal one to a professional one, where my interest now revolves around how

I can best utilize my skills to serve and advance the sport. This appointment as Treasurer of Gauteng’s interim structure, which to answer your question is indeed my first administrative role in Boxing, is therefore a very important one because it places me in a position to utilize my most relevant skills to advance the sport of Boxing.

With my background in Investment Banking, my two relevant degrees (finance and law) and my experience as a management consultant, I am very well positioned to add value to the sport and I look forward to doing so.

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Mr. Terry Mhungu asserts that: “Contrary to popular opinion it’s the engineers changing the world..”

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Mr. Terry Mhungu posted the above in a WhatsApp group with the title Business Innovation Club that was created by Dr. Raymond Chamba, asserts that: “Contrary to popular opinion it’s the engineers changing the world..” to assert a point of light (POL) that the address of the true genius and the driver of change is the human mind driven by self-interest.

Mr. Frederick Koomson, Director of Public Engagements of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) said: “I applaud people like Terry for generously sharing insights, albeit it, in closed WhatsApp groups and thanks to a member of BOAF, this powerful message can be shared widely on the www.

It is instructive that a mind is like a bank yet cashing out without depositing can be very tricky hence those who choose to cash out hold a better promise because by downloading content that would otherwise be sterile, minds and worldviews can be be provoked, ignited and inspired to think and act out of boxes.”

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BOAF salutes Ms. Nicole Roos, Nestle’s CEO for East and Southern Africa Region

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