A DEDICATED, disciplined and determined young author has written a book aimed at motivating and helping the country’s youths to be on the straight and narrow.
Vukosi Danisa Baloyi, a quiet spoken rural woman who has become one of the youngest motivational books’ authors in South Africa, says she wants to help young people regain their self confidence. The 22-year old Mining Degree graduate, who hails from Olifantshoek village (Hlanganani) outside Makhado in Limpopo, worked on her motivational book while studying at the University of Pretoria.
She used the book to share her life’s stories in order to help her fellow students.
Titled “Powered to Empower”, Baloyi’s 169-page book will be launched in Pretoria on April 27. Baloyi, who is currently working as an assistant lecturer at the University of Pretoria, is studying towards her Honours Degree in Mining Engineering. She said: “Powered to Empower is themed around excellence. In the book, I take you through my journey of excellence giving life-based and bible-based examples.” Baloyi said her book highlights the important things people need to do to stay focused.
“It is a book everyone can relate to, however it is targeted to the young people,” maintained Baloyi.
Her greatest dream, she said, is to see young people pursuing their dreams with vigour, confidence and tenacity.
“It is therefore the reason I am launching my book – Powered to Empower,” Baloyi added.
Baloyi started writing the book when she was 20 after realising that more young people were losing direction. She said the book aims to bring raise awareness to all young people about their lives – socially and professionally – especially those who have lost hope. “They have given up because they think there’s nothing to study or live for, but I say no, you are wrong.”
Baloyi describes herself as a God fearing child who always looked up to good citizens out there. She added: “I grew up in the village but moved to boarding and matriculated at St. Brendans Catholic School with distinctions in all my subjects. I was away from my parents but I never lost my focus.”
Like many South Africans, the young author is not without views about the state of our country.