Readers interview Bonang

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A while back, we asked you, via social media, what you’d ask Bonang Matheba if you got the chance… well, we don’t disappoint, so here are her answers…

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How do you stay so consistent? – Dieketseng Keke Moferefere

I think consistency is very easy, especially if you work hard and put a lot of effort into everything you do. When you are really passionate about what you do, you’ll give 100 percent in whatever it is that you are doing because there are so many people watching and looking up to you. Consistency will then come naturally.

How do you balance family life with work? – Abednigo Moholoopa

Balancing family life and work becomes very easy when you have found whatever it is that you supposed to be doing. Every single one of us has a purpose and we all live to find our purpose – I have found mine. So nothing ever overlaps, there’s always time for family, work and everything else in between. Weekends are always for my family and weekdays are for work, but if there’s something during the week that has to do with family; chances are I will cancel a work gig to be there for my family because they always come first.

How do you keep fit? Do you eat junk food or do you eat healthy food only? – Doreen Monnane

I eat a lot of junk food, but I’m lucky because I have a fast metabolism. I come from a family of lean and tall people. My late grandfather was very tall and lean and I got his genes. However, I also do a bit of Sweat 1000 and Zumba once or twice a week, but I’m not a fitness freak. You won’t see me telling people to eat right and exercise.

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What have you found to be the ultimate price of success at a relatively young age? – Yanga Pampatha Soji

The ability to support myself has been the ultimate price. I can buy whatever I want, whenever I want and I’ve created a foundation at such a young age. I do everything I can for my family, myself and the future children I am going to have. Success at a young age brings a lot of freedom – be it travelling, monetary or helping whoever needs my help and most importantly, freedom from asking people for things. I don’t have to rely on anyone for financial help now.

What can we, as the younger generation, do now to be as successful as you are? -Traisy Nelly Stufuzane Memela

If you’d like to be as successful as me, or someone else you view as your role model, you’d have to work hard. Visualise what you want, get to know what you need to do to get it and understand the level of work that comes with what you want to achieve. What differentiate successful people from others is that successful people go out and do what they need to do. They knock on doors, have sleepless nights, send proposals and push themselves a little bit more.

People and the media try to bring you down, but you still manage to come back. Many aren’t that strong, how do you do it? – Shanti Tlhapi

Here’s my thing… you can’t destroy something God has already created and planned. What people don’t realise is that every time someone tries to knock you down and break you, spit venom, evil and negativity, it makes you even stronger. I use negativity as a fuel for whatever it is I am trying to do. The more I get dissed and pulled down, the more successful I become.

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How do you feel about being the ‘IT-girl’ of SA and do you even describe yourself as that? – Paul Moyo 

There are a lot of IT girls; I come from a generation of IT girls as there are a lot of girls doing amazing things. I don’t see myself as an IT girl; people can call me whatever they want – IT girl, entertainer, TV presenter, radio DJ, fashionista, role model, inspirational… I could go on and on, whatever way you see me and whatever way I fit into your life, I’m happy to be called that. I’m happy with the title IT girl, if you feel it describes me, go ahead and call me the IT girl.

Everything you touch turns to gold, what motivates you? – Pertunia Sli’ Hleza

I’m motivated by a lot of things, I’m motivated by young girls and boys that tweet, Instagram, post messages on Facebook and tell me what an inspiration I am. I’ve come to realise that I’m not only living my dream, I wake up every morning not only for myself but for so many other people. There’s a thought in my head that stays there every day that if I don’t wake up, there’s a young girl out there who believes that she doesn’t have to wake up; if I work a little bit harder, there’s a woman out there who believes the same about herself. I’ve accepted the role of being a role model and it motivates me.

Do you cook well? – Isaac Malete

Mmmmmm, am I a great cook? (laughs) It depends on who is tasting my food, my ex-boyfriends used to say I cook well, so I could say there are a couple of dishes that I nail. I’m not a master chef, but I can hold it down in the kitchen.

What advice can you give a young lady out there? – Dipuo Mokgara

We have gotten to a point in life where the youth is so happy with immediate gratification, they have forgotten that what you’re trying to do or achieve in life takes time. They say it takes four to five years to create an overnight success and the problem with us youth is that we want to be successful NOW. We have lost the importance and the understanding of knowing that things take time. Be patient at all times because not only are you testing yourself, God is also testing how badly you want something. Whoever said patience is a virtue, knew what they were talking about.