Mr South Africa 2012 Prince Zane Maqetuka tells his project me story ahead of Siyagyma-SA

5 December 2012
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My name is Zane Maqetuka, Mr South Africa Prince 2012. Currently residing in Cape Town Rondebosch.

I am 28 years old, born and raised in a small town in the Eastern Cape called Graaff-Reinet, a town that gave birth to great leaders like Robert Sobukhwe and Anton Rupert just to name a few.

Coming from a small rural town, I have learnt to be humble and to appreciate People from all walks of life, rich and poor. The rural life has taught me the art of making the best out of the little that i have and despite life challenges and also get to turn my adversity into prosperity.

I am motivated and driven by not only my desire to succeed, but also to see other People who are less fortunate than me to also thrive for the better.

This year out of almost 2000 Men across the Country, i was fortunate to have been crowned as a Mr South Africa 2012 runner-up after completing all the society based tasks and also the Mr SA office challenges that were given to me in the 7 months time period of the competition.

My crowning was such an honour and humbling, since i have managed to make the top 3 out of the 2000 Men across South-Africa who were aspired to be the ambassadors of the nation as well.

I am committed to uphold the principles and values of the Mr South Africa organisation and the nation in general. Thus my core focus from now is to be a key inspirational ambassador to the youth of South Africa and the public domain as a whole.

?On a personal note:
I don't even know how Zane and I got chatting but we were instantly destined to be friends & support each other's visions. Being totally bias and knowing his passion & commitment as well as the divinely sculpted body under that shirt, he was my choice for Mr South Africa 2012. I'm so stoked that Zane was voted 2nd and named Prince.

His never venture, Siyagyma-SA has me so excited and I'm sad that I can't be in Cape Town for the campaign launch:

The SIYAGYMA-SA campaign is a new initiative that is set to inspire, galvanize, educate, inform and change South Africans? lifestyles for the better.

SIYAGYMA-SA?s key message is to live healthy at all times by exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet and adopting a positive attitude to achieving well-being in all aspects of our lives.

Zane Maqetuka?s experience with childhood obesity and his triumph over this has inspired him to show the country that with self-discipline, patience and determination it is possible to transform into a healthy lifestyle champion.

The Siyagyma-SA Campaign Team together with the Western Cape Department of Health launches this nation building campaign on Saturday 8th December 2012 in Gugulethu Square at 7:15am and has this vision to support the nation:

  • The campaign aims to create a strong and sustainable culture of healthy lifestyles amongst South African people &?aims to prolong the lifespan of South Africans? lifespan and enhance their quality of life.?It aims to reduce obesity-related sicknesses e.g. Coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardio vascular disease, lifestyle-related forms of cancer as well as the negative psycho-social consequences of ?obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle. Siyagyma-SA?strives to build a positive self image on South Africans which will assist in ?reducing ?high stress levels and?aims to contribute to the unity that is achieved through sports activities in South-Africa.?The campaign strives to contribute towards increased productivity in the work environment and the nation?s economic development through the promotion of a healthy workforce

Zane, I am with you in spirit and wish you much success with your new venture and am so freaking proud of everything you have set your heart on achieving and brought to life.

Zane tells his project me story:

What is your definition of happiness?
My definition of happiness is to accept and pay gratitude to what I have at the moment and make sure that I make the best out of it with sheer satisfactory.

If you could have everyone say one thing to themselves every day, what would it be?
I AM SPECIAL!? People forget how special they are sometimes and get caught in what is expected of them and tend to lose the value of feeling special about them.

When we battle to believe in ourselves, we turn to someone who believe in us. Who is that person for you and why?
Firstly I want to say that once people see you as a strong figure they seem to forget that you also get to feel down sometimes. My Mom and Grandmother always boost my confidence whenever I am down and they have a deeper acumen of what makes me cheer up when things do not go my way.

What quality do you believe we can never be taught because it is our birth right?
To me I believe that it is the quality of inner congeniality.

Describe the moment when you realised that you could achieve anything?
When almost out of 500 Mr SA hopefuls in the country, I got to be crowned this year as Candidate (Mr South-Africa Runner-up) who had an ability to make an impact in South Africa with my authentic leadership aptitude.

How do you deal with the fears that could potentially hold you back?
I like to challenge my fears everyday and often prove to them that I always come out victorious at the end.

What have you always dreamed of being or doing and have you reached that dream?
I have always dreamed of becoming a successful and inspirational creative communication guru especially in motion picture and at this moment even though I have not attained my dreams, the journey to reach them has begun.

When life gets in the way, what do you always remind yourself of?
I am always reminded about one thing ,that I have set the pace already and so many people are looking up to me and inspired by my actions. I can?t? let down those who have invested trust and faith in me by giving up when adversity invades me.

We all have something unique to offer the world, what is yours?
All I have to give out to the world is Love. Without love I believe the world is doomed.

What do you believe we have lost sight of in the world as a whole?
Genuine affection of the human race. We are too caught up in other people?s agendas that we forget that we as people need to express affection with one another as one united species.

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