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Righteous Chawane has launched a female empowerment initiative aimed at inspiring them to achieve their full potential, despite life’s odds.

A Professional Officer (Town Planner) in the Land-Use Development Management directorate, Chawane calls her foundation The Fix.

She also helps drug addicts and rape victims in previously marginalised communities to deal with their social ills and emotional pain.

“My work centres on empowering victims of rape and rejection to deal with their pain differently, with the goal of conquering it,” she says.

Chawane studied Town Planning at the University of Johannesburg before joining the City in June 2008. “The fact that I have been in this municipality for more than 10 years is proof that I’m passionate about public service,” she says.

She considers serving people a vocation and also dabbles in counselling, public speaking and event planning.

The 32-year-old was born and raised in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. She describes herself as kind-hearted and passionate about people. A true PK (Pastor’s Kid), she is the first-born child of Dr RV and Pastor M Chawane, the founders of The Worshippers in Jesus Ministries.

“As a PK, everyone in my community had great expectations of me, which led to my three-day “perfect wedding” in April 2017. I had great hope for my marriage, unfortunately it did not work out that way,” she explains.

Chawane established The Fix after falling victim to rejection when her husband divorced her five months after their nuptials, for no apparent reason. “I gave all my troubles to the Lord and found strength to continue with my life after such a traumatic experience,” she says.

The Fix will be launched on Saturday, 7 September 2019 by charismatic speakers, including Righteous herself, who will talk about how they beat depression and suicidal thoughts and “got fixed”.

“In a society where psychological and emotional challenges are not a priority, there are many people who feel they are facing life alone, but listening to others who have triumphed over similar issues can offer them a lifeline,” she says.

For more information on The Fix, contact Chawane on WhatsApp at 081 274 8239; facebook and Instagram at The Fix, with Righteous