MOT Courage2Lead Training Convention Inspires Change for South Africa

MOT Youth with International Top Speaker, Robin Banks, (middle back) and MOT Brand Ambassador and radio DJ and television presenter, Ayanda Dlamini.

Failure can lead to success, if you show enough courage. That was the main theme in the opening speech delivered by MOT South Africa’s chairperson, Professor Eltie Links, at the MOT Courage2Lead Training Convention, which took place at the Century City Conference Centre on the 4 and 5 March 2016.

MOT South Africa, a Non-Profit Organisation providing life-skills development among youth attending Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges and high schools in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, hosted the Courage2Lead Training Convention to uplift, up-skill and inspire its youth, educational partners and international delegates from Norway, Denmark, Thailand and Latvia.

MOT, meaning courage in Norwegian, was brought to South Africa in 2006 to address the high drop-out rate of youth from schools and has been empowering South African youth to make better choices and strengthening their courage since then.

Through dialogue, prose, rapping and singing, MOT Youth from the College of Cape Town and False Bay College, inspired convention delegates with their experiences of MOT and how MOT has had a positive impact on their lives.

Delegates, educators and youth had the chance to meet South Africa’s top thought-leaders such as Mind Power Expert, Robin Banks, Chairperson of the South African Women Entrepreneur’s Network in the Western Cape, Ency Litsoane, Western Cape Police Ombudsman, Advocate Vusi Pikoli, and businesswomen and author Dr Mamphela Ramphele at the convention. The motivational guest speakers carried the theme of courageous leadership by highlighting what it means to lead South African through the eyes of the youth; become a game changer and to lead with resilience.

Marlyn-Lee van Dieman, a MOT Youth from False Bay College, Mitchell’s Plain campus said, “The Courage2Lead Convention was an amazing experience and it inspired me to make South Africa a better country,”


From Left: Atle Vårvik MOT Global President; Ayanda Dlamini, Radio DJ and television presenter; Jannie Isaacs MOT SA Board member; Geir Nesset MOT SA Board member; Trish van der Merwe MOT SA Board member; Robin Banks Top International speaker; Kubeshini Govender MOT SA Board member; Zozo Siyengo MOT SA Board; Wanda Moller MOT SA CEO; and Prof Eltie Links MOT SA Board Chairperson.