Maggi Mere was born in a country with a very rich history like South
Africa, she grew up during an era where children belonged to the entire
community, caring and sharing was a way of life.  Being the youngest of five daughters, she was
always surrounded by a loving family, strong values and a supportive community.
I grew up in a culture that supported Ubuntu, respect, and sharing of
resources. This strong
foundation shaped her into a very confident, caring, respectful and
purpose-driven individual. 

I am very passionate about empowering others to
discover and embrace who they are, and to excel. I believe that everyone has a
role to play in making this world a better place for us, and the generations to
come. The better part of my life is spent educating, coaching and counseling
others. I see challenges as opportunities life presents to us to take valuable
lessons from. I am generally very optimistic, and value relationships.

WHAT FUELS ME?

Faith : I have an intimate
relationship with God, and He is my Source. My life is rooted on the Word of
God, and I always strive to live my life based on biblical principles.
Passion : My passion lies in
developing others, especially women, and coaching them to see and embrace their
worth. I am also involved in various charity initiatives, to help those who are
more in need.
Integrity : I live my life with
integrity, and it sits very high on my priorities. It is a value I find
essential in my personal and professional life. A value I teach others about,
and model it.
MY GREATEST INFLUENCE:
The greatest influence in my life is seeing someone
taking a bad experience and using it as a tool to teach and motivate others to
rise beyond their unfortunate circumstances. These are the people who refuse to
see themselves as victims, but victors.
MY TOP THREE ROLE
MODELS:
Women who single handedly raise, nurture and support their
kids against all odds, affording them an opportunity to make something out of
their lives.
My late father – He never allowed poverty and culture
to deter him from building a better life for himself and his family. He was
always willing to help others. He was always prepared to learn from others,
despite their age. He loved using, and living the phrase “you are never too old
to learn.”
Dr Imtiaaz Suliman, founder of the “Gift of the givers”
– His willingness and ability to avail himself wherever he is needed to help
save mankind. He does this tirelessly, even at the extend of risking his live
by going into war-zone areas and disaster stricken countries to deliver food,
medical care, etc to people who are in need. He is not concerned about the
individual’s affiliation, all he sees is a human being, in need of assistance.

IN THE NEXT FIVE
YEARS…..

To start up an organization where I can assist women
to heal, to become over- comers, and to be self-sufficient. I believe women are
achievers, and we need to start doing something to realise this goal.
THE AFRICAN WOMAN’S CHALLENGE:
·        
To be recognized as strategic contributors to the economy
·        
To be seen for their knowledge, skill and ability, and not their gender.
·     Finding balance between their profession and domestic affairs, and being
supported by organisations they work for.
·        
Raising children on their own, with limited resources.
What I do to relax
I love spending quality
time with my family, and travelling.
Going to the gym, and
running
Reading,
WHAT
I DO TO RELAX:
By celebrating her uniqueness, and not seeing it as a
weakness,Recognising  and
rewarding her achievements, and supporting her to conquer even more battles.
MY   –  
I.C.E. [INSPIRE|CELEBRATE|EMPOWER] VISION
Women
are mothers of the nation. They work very hard, with little recognition. Women
go through so much sometimes, however they are often quick to forgive and move
on. They seldom give up on their children. They are often prepared to sacrifice
their own happiness and wellbeing for the benefit of others.
MY
AFRICAN UNION PLANS:
I
would work with women’s issues. I would take time to listen to their concerns,
and together we can discuss how we can resolve them. I would create more
opportunities for women to improve their skills. I would encourage them to make
time for themselves as well.

FINAL
WORDS OF ADVICE:

 Continue working hard, however remember to take time
to pamper yourself, celebrate your achievements, before taking on the next
assignment.
Recognize your worth, do not allow anyone to treat you with disrespect.
Do
not risk your well-being, you can do more if you are well mentally, emotionally
and physically.
Use your talents, gift in order to reach your goals
Instead of being dependent on others, rise, and do it
for yourself. You can!