Lizarine Mashaba

If I were elected mayor: I would create a programme that is focused on young people who have passed their matric and come from poor families who are not able to send them to tertiary institutions. It would focus on skills transfer � running your own business, life itself, motivation and activities to help them keep focused. And, most importantly, people would know about it. At 21 years of age Lizarine started Napshadi Real Trading, a design and printing business in Jane Furse, a small town in a remote part of Limpopo. She named her company after her granny. Lizarine spent her youth moving around Limpopo and was challenged with having to learn new languages and adjusting to new schools and friends, but this put her in good stead to deal with the multiple challenges of running her own business.She completed her matric in 2003 and, with no money to study further, decided to volunteer instead of sitting at home getting frustrated. The loveLife Y-Centre had a radio studio and Lizarine soon found herself becoming a loveLife groundBREAKER focused on skilling up her technical and production abilities.She then initiated a project teaching basic computer skills to young, unemployed people and was noticed by Manyelete Youth Academy, a programme spearheaded by the department of safety and security. Lizarine was soon drafting her business proposal and entering a business competition, which she won. Her business is moving forward and her community is supportive of her. She has so many plans for its growth and for her own personal development that you cannot help but feel enthused by this go-getter and entrepreneur. "Young people mustn't complain that we don't have jobs. We should use our minds, hands and eyes to do something for ourselves,� she says.

Lunch spot: I make the best chicken soup (come taste it!)