Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
US TV talkshow celebrity Oprah Winfrey has the gift of being able to light up the lives of the less fortunate or the underdog in a spectacular but self-effacing way.
This gift somehow elevates her to being super human, possessed of rare qualities that are next to godliness.
Through her talkshow Winfrey is able to reach the hearts of millions of people with a disarming honesty and integrity that have become her trademark.
But she is an ordinary human being like all of us. Her character was shaped and defined by a difficult childhood and by tribulations that have left permanent emotional scars on her.
She once said: "Let your light shine, shine within you, so it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine."
This week the light that is Winfrey's philanthropy shone from the smiling faces of the 152 disadvantaged South African girls selected to attend her state-of-the-art R300million school in Henley-on-Klip, south of Johannesburg.
The girls have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to realise their potential in a world-class educational facility.
South Africans can count themselves lucky to have been chosen for this special gesture, given the myriad charities that demand Oprah's attention.
Keep it up, Oprah!