Spotlight: Mr Smile Masilo Mokone

Every month, leaders are stepping up and working harder than ever to educate, recruit, and most of all, inspire. It is because of people like them that make Crowd1 the incredible network that it is. This is a chance to get to know the people behind the success.

What is your background like?

Born and brought up in the dusty ghettos of South Africa, Soweto, along the gold mining dump strip in the ’60s as Smile Masilo Mokone. I was born from loving parents with a sibling. I am blessed to have a mother of 101 years who was widowed when I was 17 years because of the gold mine dust that contributed to the deaths of hundreds of gold mine belt communities with asbesticites and tuberculosis. But she clothed us with her sewing and knitting skills after returning from her domestic workplace. Despite the lack of rehabilitation of the gold mine dumps, the people are continuing to get sick without compensation. Hence I am driven to make the environmental impact on my community.

What have been the biggest challenges?

Not having an opportunity to challenge stereotypes. I was told that you can’t change the world, you will never be rich, money does not grow on trees, you will forever be poor. I believe in the freedom of the mind and reaching the potential.

“I am inspired by people who make it through against all the odds.”

What inspires you?

Achieving a set goal is a sign of success. I am inspired by people who make it through against all the odds.

What has been going through your mind lately?

To change the people's mindset that the world has huge money and resources to feed everyone who put an effort to achieve when working as a team. To unleash the potential of every talent and hidden talent of peoples. After all, it’s teamwork that makes a dream work. I am strong-rooted to believe that with Crowd1, we can make an impact on our communities. We can help our governments. Actually, we can be government extensions to government projects. We have to be visible. It’s self-actualization to make an impact on the communities. We have to dream BIG. We have to fill up the stadiums. We have to travel the world and make more friends. We have to learn a new language every year. My mind now knows the truth that money grows on trees because it is made of paper from a tree. We have the best binary tree in Crowd1- ICT. 

Our world is progressing, and we are meeting more online. With this in mind, how do you make connections?

I am tech-savvy and keeping abreast with technology. I have realised that an app that pays is an app that stays. Smartphones are another SDE (Social Distancing Equipment). Getting connected is the touch of a button away. I use apps such as zoom, gotowebinar, Skype, translators to communicate in most languages and connect video conferences with webinars and three ways video conferencing meetings.

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