Mom and  music business executive Fezeka Motsatse who left a lucrative career in corporate to become a stay at home mother and entrepreneur is making waves for the Motsatse empire and  is a finalist in  the 2018 Mrs Commonwealth SA pageant, which takes place in Johannesburg next month.

Spearheading Fezeka Motsatse Activations (FMA) as Managing Director, Mrs Motsatse is a mom who manages the careers of her two gifted daughters, virtuoso violinist Neo Motsatse and piano prodigy Teboho Motsatse.

Through FMA, a specialist music education organisation that facilitates the growth and development of musically gifted children, from basic music instruction into stage performance and audience satisfaction. Mrs Motsatse curates music development programmes and creates performance opportunities so that new audiences can experience the musical genius of so many under exposed talent to engage with new audiences.

 To date, FMA has partnered with brands such as Nedbank, Bride and Co, Zanenza, the Department of Arts and Culture, Yamaha Theatre, Skoobs Theatre of Books and WIPHOLD; a proudly black women-owned investment company that was South Africa’s first BEE entity to establish a permanent, broad-based shareholding in 1997 through the creation of the WIPHOLD Investment Trust (WIT).

FMA is currently working on the production, “Letters With MaSisulu” in celebration of the life and centenary birthday of the late Albertina Sisulu which earned a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2018 National Arts Festival in July.

The Mrs Commonwealth SA pageant serves as a platform for women to bring about change to communities in need through projects that focus on social upliftment and also aims to empower women with knowledge to inspire other women and to bring change in their communities.

“When I look back on the journey I’ve taken, I feel no regrets on leaving my banking career to become a full-time stay at home mom, which afforded me the opportunity to spend more time with my children and play an active role in the honing of their careers and this has been an amazing experience full of special moments I would have missed if I was at work, away from home” says Fezeka.

“I also wanted to change the negative stereotype against being a stay at home mother, that women cannot lead fulfilling careers and lives outside of traditional workplace models. Also, many a study has found that the benefits of having a parent at home extend beyond the early years of a child's life. In a study where the educational performance of 68,000 children was measured, it was established that there was an increase in school performance all the way to high school-aged children. So, our roles as stay at home mothers are very important and should never be taken lightly”, further notes Motsatse.

“While I have not participated in any pageants before, I accepted the nomination to partake in the Mrs Commonwealth SA pageant on the premise of the values which the entity advocates for.  Largely focusing its work on issues around women empowerment and other social impact initiatives” Fezeka adds.

Ahead of the Mrs Commonwealth SA final in October, Mrs Motsatse has supported various social awareness initiatives, some of which are under her NGO Girl Empowerment Global Network, including Girl Power South Africa which is aimed at empowering young girls to be independent and make change in their communities through active citizenship, leadership training and mentorship.

 Friends Against Bullying is also part of their projects as well as, a book club which introduces children from informal settlements to literature, music and public speaking. Mrs Motsatse has also supported initiatives by Pink Drive, a Breast Cancer Awareness which is the official charity organization for the Mrs Commonwealth SA pageant.

Fezeka would like to thank all people who have supported on her Mrs Commonwealth SA journey, particularly Siya –Saran Learning Designs, Beloved Gatherings, Ultimate Lifestyle, Shifting Sands African Couture and SosoFab Lifestyle.

 The Grand Finale will take place at Gold Reef City Casino at the spectacular Lyric Theatre on 12 October 2018. The tickets are available from Computicket. To support Motsatse on the Mrs Commonwealth SA pageant journey, SMS Fezeka to 35554.

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