This week we interviewed Pitso Khanare, ACE’s Warehouse Manager. He has been a great leader since the first day he started working in the company, and he’s also one of the most joyful people you will ever meet! Pitso is a persistent type, his daily motto being: ‘Always stay happy, because happiness is the best remedy’. He believes that happiness is the best because it doesn’t offend anyone, and it creates a peaceful environment. This attitude is reflected as well in the answers he gives to questions:

Let’s take it from the beginning: where were you born?

I was born and raised in Khubetsoana, Berea North of Maseru district.

How is a regular day at work for you?

I am ACE’s warehouse manager, so a regular workday for me means registering and issuing components to production and receiving the finished products back into the warehouse. In a nutshell, I register all the movements that involve the making, finishing and giving out the stoves for sales.

What is the favourite part of your job?

I love monitoring and making use of the dashboard control system. It helps me keep track of the work progress, the incoming components and outgoing products. I wake up every morning looking forward to getting to work and managing my department!

What do you like about working for ACE?

ACE is like a second home to me. This job has inspired me in so many ways, the company really gives its employees opportunities not only for personal, but also for community development.

I know you like traveling, what was the best trip you have ever taken?

My favourite traveling memory is from when I went to India, to this amazing place called Mahuli in Chandrika. They had a beautiful rose garden there, and even better, in the same city I visited a place made entirely out of waste material: from the building to the décor inside! But above all, the most interesting I discovered on my trip was that Indian culture is not that different from Basotho culture!

What is your favourite food?

Chicken and mincemeat. I could eat them every day! However, I’m trying to work towards being vegetarian. I realised that vegetarians live longer and they’re always in good health. This is important especially in today’s generation, when people mainly depend on processed food.

What is your favourite music?

On my playlist I have Gospel music, RnB and a bit of Sesotho music. My favourite, I must say, is Gospel… especially Hillsongs! I also have a favourite track by a South African artist called Khaya Mothewa.The song reminds me a lot of my childhood and everything I’ve gone through. I lost my mother at a very young age, and then also my sister, leaving me with no family. I had a humble childhood… and I had to overcome many challenges to become the person and the leader that I am today!

OK Pitso, now it’s time for some fun questions! Tell me, if you could be any animal, what would you choose?

I’d choose to be an eagle because it soars the highest! Personally, I dare to soar higher in life and achieve my biggest dreams!

If you could time-travel, would you rather choose to go in the future or in the past?

I think I would choose to go in the future so I can face and overcome new challenges. The past is impossible to change!

If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could only take three things with you, what would you take?

Hmm this is interesting… I would take water, a sun hat and a walking stick for survival!

Good choice! If your life were a movie, what genre would it be?

It would be a drama movie because such movies portray real life happenings. One is most likely to encounter situations that appear in such movies.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?

I would choose the ability to stop time, so I can better achieve the long term goals I had at 25, and resume the projects that I had back then.

Are you a football fan?

Oh yes! I never miss a game of Lioli, Matlama, the Kaizer Chiefs, Olando Pirates and Mameloli Sandowns. And most of the teams in UEFA Champions League. I like football because you can watch it with friends and also socialize with new people that share the same interest.

Here’s a tricky football question: If you could choose between being the best football player in a horrible team, or the worst player in a great team, what would you choose?

I would choose to be the best player in a horrible team so I can help the team grow by inspiring and sharing my talent with them!

Who inspired you while growing up?

I would say Nelson Mandela, King Letsie ll and a South African young artist famously known as Mzawawa back in the day.

If you could have lunch with anybody in the world, who would it be?

Barack Obama for sure! He is the most amazing president America has ever had.

Pitso, thank you so much for taking part in this interview. Best of luck and keep up the good work!

Thank you! This was fun!