We often use the phrase ‘laughter is the best medicine’, which implies that keeping a positive outlook on life will help combat negative emotions during hard times; many will agree that this is synonymous with Mashabela Galane, a comedian hailing from Mmotong wa Perekisi, in Kgotlhoane, a small village in the outskirts of Polokwane, Limpopo Province. So, it doesn’t surprise many that he is the man behind Moringa Craft Gin, a Gin infused with the Moringa Plant; pari passu with Mashabela’s comic content, this plant has great health benefits and natural healing properties. Like Moringa, laughter releases endorphins, the mighty natural feel good chemicals that boost the immune system and helps one to live longer.
Similarly, Moringa and Mashabela have proven that one can thrive even in poor and uncultivated surroundings. Growing up in one of the poorest rural areas in Limpopo, where he was once a herd boy for his grandfather’s cattle, Mashabela interacted with natural resources, and these were abundant. Moringa being one of these resources, this played a huge part in his wellbeing and that of his community. What amazed and inspired him the most about Moringa and one of the reasons he grew an interest in this plant, is that it remains underestimated and undervalued. It is also a plant with qualities such as longevity, humility, resilience and power, just like Mashabela Galane.