By Lungelo Mesh
Doreen Mdhluli is one of the lucky women who made it to the top 16 in Mrs. Mpumalanga 2018, that will be held in November in Nelspruit. She also got an award (Best Woman in Sport) in the Mpumalanga Sunrise Women Awards which were held earlier this month. To add more in her achievements, she reached the finishing line of Comrade Marathon SA where she got herself a medal.
Doreen is a Service Consultant at Medscheme, she also owns a few companies in Nelspruit which include Makhosi Onke Trading, Buso-Obuhle which specialises in beauty and she is also the co –owner and founder of Syldo entertainment which she has established with her friend Sylvia Mahlangu.
“My family background was not good but it never stopped me from studying. I told myself I need to have a solid thing in my life that no one can take away from me. So I managed to complete my diploma in Business Management,” said Doreen.
She is one of many people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds. After finishing her matric, she had to work while studying, “I remember I had to look for a job after my matric, so I was lucky enough to get one and I worked part time at a Health Care Centre in Hazyview,” she said. Doreen, who is the third born in her family was born in a village called Mariti, in Bushbuckridge, and grew up in Mahushu near Hazyview in Mpumalanga. Doreen said she is at age were people normally say “life begins’’.
About Mrs. Mpumalanga
Doreen says she gives all credit to her supporters who nominated and convinced her to take part in Mrs. Mpumalanga.
“Many people called and inboxed me on social media, they asked me to audition for Mrs. Mpumalanga,” said Doreen.
“So I said to myself, if people believe in me and ask me to be part of this, why can’t I just do it. I found courage and I have always wanted to enter Pageants when I was growing up but it wasn’t easy due to my height. I just think I am finally doing what I love”, she excitingly said.
Doerren said sh feels honoured and happy to be part of the Mrs. Mpumalanga 2018.
“This really shows that I have what it takes to be Mrs. Mpumalanga, so I am really excited,” said Doreen.
Asked if she was confident enough that she would take the crown, Doreen said she is very confident.
“I managed to get this far, it really shows that I am confident and I am never turning back. I looks up to Basetsana Khumalo, who is a model and a business women,” she said.
As one person cannot do much without any support from their love ones, Doreen said that her husband, Rudolf Molime plays a very huge role in supporting her.“Basetsana is one of the women that inspire me both in modelling and business. She does not look down upon people and she always has something positive to say to fellow South Africans. I love the fact that she does business with her husband and also socialises with him,” said added.
“We actually both support each other in everything more especially when it comes to careers, businesses and sport. When it comes to business my husband is my adviser because he is very good in business. He also taught me to be patient in life as they say “good things come to those who wait” and he also taught me not to ever compare myself to others,” said Doreen.
Doreen said that if she is given a chance to be Mrs. Mpumalanga she will contribute positively when it comes to education, health, business, cultural and tourism as this are the main pillars of Mpumalanga province.
“Given the opportunity, I will be glad to be the ambassador of the sectors, as being Mrs. Mpumalanga. it’s a sign of being a mother to the province, guidance should be your primary focus and also ensuring that the province has a better tomorrow,” she concluded.