Sibabalwe Kela, who nominated Hendricks-Myataza as a Local Hero, said: “Due to her encouragement and the motivational talks I have with her on a regular basis, I am now confident that I can do anything on my own. These and other considerations led me to nominate her.
“She participates in seminars, conferences, bridal showers, and weddings to give young women, married couples and the youth words of encouragement and strength to uplift their spirits and give them the courage they need.
“She has had her own struggles and eventually turned the tide. As a result, she constantly motivates others to pursue better lives and to always be proud of who they are.”
Kela said Hendricks-Myataza had instilled in her the value of accepting who she was.
“I have known her since 2020, after participating in the Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust Essay Competition and being placed third. Since then, she has continued to support and shape me into a woman destined for success.
“As a result, I had the confidence to enter the eighth Continental Essay Competition, which was organised by the SA Bureau of Standards and the African Organisation for Standardisation, and was placed first overall.”