We were lucky enough to spend some time with the Current Mr South Africa or Habib Noorbhai as he is known to his friends, coworkers, students and more than likely his mom just calls him Habib, we forgot to double check.

What we learnt from the current Mr South Africa other than he is a really nice guy and very driven is that he is kind and takes work seriously. He will be interviewed shortly on YLP and we will let you know when so you guys can hear how passionate he is about what he speaks about.

Little bit of basic background information Habib, he is an university lecturer and registered Biokineticist. He works with his charity The Humanitarians and is actively involved with the future development of cricket. Read our interview down below and start prepping questions for interview with YLP

Lets get started:

  • What advice about time management do you wish you had known when you started University?

Every minute and hour counts. Each hour you wasting is one step lost along your journey to your dreams. Example: sitting on the lawns and/or stairs at university may be fun but it will not get you very far. Your friends will eventually get married, have kids and you wont see most of them after you part ways to work. Have a balance but maintain a work to fun ratio of 3:1. If you want to accomplish more, then 4:1. It won’t make you a less sociable / fun person, I promise! 

  • A lot of students gain weight when they go to university, do you have any tips to help prevent the Student weight gain?

Sit less, stand more. Eat healthy, avoid ‘junk’ food, snacks or food given through a small window. Exercise more. A healthy body is a healthy mind and there is no better antidote than exercise, especially for students. The key however to weight loss is eating. Unfortunately we have to sacrifice our sugar cravings and what we love to reach our end goal  (PS: see next question)

  • Have you ever had to say no to things you have wanted to do, in order to focus on something less fun but better for your long-term goals?

Yes. Sacrifices are beautiful. It grows you as a person and as you get older you realise the bigger picture and that it was all done for good reason. Priorities are key and if you know what those are, then it will be very easy for you to put principles before passion.

  • To the students or scholars that are unsure about what is next, do you perhaps have some words of wisdom?

We never know what is next, we can’t control the future. But what we can control, is our actions and discipline. Always have an end goal in mind. If you know where you are going and what you want, you will naturally do what it takes to get there. Along this path, you will experience the expected and unexpected. Work with the expected and learn and grow from the unexpected. Above all, live life one day at a time but also plan…and live, laugh and love 

  • You have accomplished a lot in a short time, how did you do it?

I wouldn’t say a lot. I am just fortunate that I have grown up to love being productive and making a difference for others. And for those passions, I would say success was the reward. There is still a lot that I still want to do for our country. Bruce Lee says it best: “There are no limits, there are only plateaus. We must not stay there, we must go beyond them.”

  • What peer pressures did you experience a lot of during your years as an Undergraduate and how did you figure out which were the good ones, the bad ones and resist the ones you knew was bad?

Fortunately, I was a busy body so I didn’t have time for too many friends. I had few quality friends and we still keep in contact till today. When I was not at lectures or tuts, I was either playing university cricket or doing cricket coaching / personal training to earn money to pay for my fees. I never succumbed to peer pressure and I was always diplomatic in order not to offend anyone. Looking back, I am grateful for the decisions made.

  • Do you think that it is possible for young entrepreneurs to mix work with their studies or should they rather focus on one at a time?

Absolutely! Time and place = effective time management. People tend to be cautious if you juggle too many balls, but if you can manage efficiently, then by all means. But know, that when one ball drops, the others, too, possibly can also drop.

  • What is it that brings you joy?

Being productive on a daily basis. Making a difference in the lives of others. There is no other enriching and fulfilling feeling than that.

  • Have you achieved what you set out to achieve when you ran for Mr South Africa?

Definitely.  The main reason for entering Mr SA was to leverage the community work on our NPO (The Humanitarians – www.humanitarians.org.za) which was founded in 2013. This was achieved when I reached Top 14. Winning Mr SA has been more than a blessing and I am certain that more doors will open for us now.

  • What lessons about life have you learnt while being Mr South Africa?

Forming amazing relationships with different people and establishing wonderful friendships with fellow contestants and the Mr South Africa team – they are amazing, full of love, support and integrity. I met so many wonderful people through this journey in which I hope to treasure for the rest of my life. Challenge 4 – we had to do a fundraiser for a charity. Event management was something that we had learnt and I take my hats off to all those who work in the projects and events field. I have been Mr South Africa for only 2 months now and I can safely say that credibility and integrity is everything, not money, glamour or fame.

  • If someone wanted to partake in a program such as Mr South Africa, would you have any advice for them?

Enter Mr South Africa for sincere intentions and good reasons. Enter because you want to create change in South Africa and not for personal limelight. Many doors open automatically when you do community work for a long time because you become a selfless person and by doing selfless acts of bravery, many doors automatically open. When we try to force doors to open, it will either jam or remain shut.  When entering, know that it will be hard work, you will be tested both mentally and physically and be taken through various challenges. Patience, drive, passion, tenacity, proactivity and consistency is key.

  • What makes you tick?
    The 5 C’S: Community work, Cricket, Coffee, Comedy and having intellectual Conversations
  • Any parting words our readers?

We are on this earth for a very short time. We need to spend most of our time out of our comfort zone evoking sustainable change in the lives of others. There is no better feeling than changing someone’s life, even if it is only for one day or one random act of kindness. Your life is a message to the world, make sure it’s inspiring and leave a legacy behind. Laugh, live, love and make a difference.

Halala Afrika, Halala!

Best wishes,

Habib Noorbhai