Changing the World… My Way

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Sometimes someone has to make a stand to make a change. Mini Radebe may only be 23 years old, but she has already made it quite clear that she’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. A Twitter warrior who has used the power of social media to shut down the Tiger Tiger relaunch in Cape Town and hook up the first ever hip-hop tent at Rocking the Daisies, Mini is the kind of person who knows what she wants. Now she’s on a new mission into the crazy world of production, so we caught up with her to find out more.Hey Mini, thanks for meeting up with us! Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

My name is Mini Radebe. I’m 23 and I’m a KasiOriginal. I’m originally from Durban but currently reside in Johannesburg to hopefully build my career in production and become an event specialist.

I currently work as a Ballantines Ambassador at Pernod Ricard. I had previously worked at Red Bull South Africa as a wings team member so being an ambassador once again made sense. I love to work in entertainment and get the chance to influence people and most importantly educate them.

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  • From what we can see, you’ve not the type to back down from a challenge. Nevertheless, what challenges do you face on a daily basis?

I think as a young black women, navigating my identity is a huge challenge. As someone who has quite the strong personality and opinions, constantly maintaining who I am in the name of authenticity whilst getting my point across in the best way is one of my main challenges.

  • It sounds like you have a lot on the go! How do you stay motivated?

My mother is my 1st point of motivation she is an incredible force in my life. However the ambition that I have is what drives me. It is the need to be successful and everyone around me to also be successful that really motivates the place I want to be in, in 5-10 years’ time.

  • Ok, so we have to ask. Do you agree that Champion toffees are the best SA toffees out there? ;)

Oh man, the Champion toffees were the best childhood sweets ever. To this day I always take the chance to grab one or two off a street vendor. I remember chewing on one then and the chewing never stopped, but I liked it. The Cola flavour rocked my world as a kid. Even the packaging is distinct. You can’t mistake it for anything else.5.Final question…and it’s a BIG one. What is an iKasi Original to you?

A Kasi original to me is someone who never forgets where they came from. This isn’t something that holds them back but rather drives them to go further. Paying homage has a lot to do with staying grounded and humble in all your endeavours which I think is very important.

Digging Mini’s vibe? You can catch up with her on Instagram: @miniradebe.