Byline: Refeloe Letsoisa

29 August 2022

Sipho Motaung born and bred in Balfour, Mpumalanga currently living at Evander, Mpumalanga and founder of the NPO movement called “My Story- IBALI LAM” and other six (6) members of the movement held two events on Saturday, 22 August 2022.

The movement is aimed at restoring lost hope in people through seminars and fighting against the cause of drug use.

It was first launched at Balfour in October 2020 then went to Standerton in December 2021.

The aim of the movement is to go around the world and touch people’s hearts by giving them hope.

Prominent speakers such as business people, Councilors and etc. are invited to the events to share their stories of victory as to what it took for them to be where they are now.

The aim of that is to show people that in as much they go through difficult times, giving up is never an option.

One of the events was a peaceful march (candle lighting) aimed at fighting against the use of drugs in Evander.

The march started in the morning, outside Evander stadium then went to the parking area next to Nesto Lounge, where Mr. Motaung and his team handed out snack packages and little booklets to help the affected brothers and sisters learn more about drug abuse.

The affected brothers and sisters were happy and touched by the movement and everyone who joined the march especially when they had small chats with them.

Most of them asked for help as they want to go back to their homes and start new lives for themselves.

The second event was a gala dinner which took place at Gert Sibande (GS) College in Evander.

The dinner was to cover what the movement is all about and words of encouragement.

“I’m a recovering drug addict and I know how it feels to be rejected,” said Mr. Motaung.

Mr. Motaung invited four (4) speakers to share their stories and words of encouragement.

While Ms. Pale was telling her story, she mentioned that sometimes you just have to accept an apology you never received, motivating everyone to accept certain things and just move on because certain things cannot be changed.

“Both events were not going to be a success if it wasn’t for the people around me,” said Mr. Motaung.

The movement received two (2) sponsorships, one for the march sponsored by Mrs. Van Male, Evander Councilor with the snack packages.

The second sponsor was for the dinner sponsored by Motlampala Company.

Gala dinner held at Gert Sibande TVET College in Evender after the anti-drugs match