As part of our effort to empower young people, this month we featured the work of Tonny Jonathan Tlomatsana - a Matric student from the small, rural village of Zebediela, Limpopo.
His comprehensive take on the Hyundai i30 N from the vantage point of a young South African means he becomes one of the youngest motoring writers to ever feature in a South African publication at just 18 years old. He will be the first of many young writers who will feature in the upcoming months.
Kyle Brown, founder and editor at GT MAG, believes that offering young people the opportunity to publish their work is not only beneficial for budding writers like Tlomatsana, but good for the automotive industry as a whole:
“These are the men and women who will be buying cars over the next decade and their view on cars is important. It should shape how car brands interact with younger people in South Africa.
“Of course, it’s also brilliant that young people can now read the words of their contemporaries, whether they’re still in high school or recently matriculated. It’s also just a cool thing to say that you have a piece in the mag – cool for GT MAG and cool for Tonny!”
Brown adds that from a journalistic perspective, getting the opportunity to interact with publications from a younger age will also help develop key skills in the motoring journalist field.
Tlomatsana, who dreams of studying journalism after he finishes school, and with specific hopes of becoming a motoring journalist, was understandably happy, but introspective too: “It’s a dream come true reading my own work. I am delighted, and closer now to where I want to be!
“But, I know there is still a long way to go. I need to learn as much as I can about the motoring world and I must develop a thick skin. As scary as this might be, I would rather try and fail, than not try at all and live with regret.”
Brown thinks that Tlomatsana has the world at his feet and he cannot wait to feature more of his work: “It will be a pleasure featuring him again. He definitely has a talent! Certainly, it’s a very exciting time at GT MAG and we have a whole host of young writers lined-up from all across the country, ready to be featured. Watch this space. South Africa’s next great motoring journalist will come from GT MAG!”
Here's the feature in question. Well played Tonny!