The art of passing on independence
Metro FM DJ and swag guy Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe says his uncle Nsizwa Robert Molefe contributed immensely to his breakthroughs in life.
It was his uncle who gave him his first start in business.
But instead of just paying black tax and perpetually taking care of family members, Molefe wants to teach his sisters, cousins and friends to be their own bosses and develop the same entrepreneurial spirit he received from his uncle.
“I have two sisters who work with me in my office and it’s the best system to enable them to have financial independence,” said Molefe.
In 1999 he asked his uncle for a R30 000 head start for a small clothing business. He used the money to buy and resell clothes at a profit. So successful was that business venture that he was able to repay his uncle the initial investment.
He approached his uncle again in 2010 for R100 000, this time asking him to partner him in hosting events in Johannesburg and Durban. Not only did his relative give him the money, he was there to support the aspirant DJ in ensuring that clients paid him on time.
Molefe (34) says it’s important for family to share in each other’s successes.
“My belief is based on the fact that nobody operates in a vacuum. My success and blessings should reflect on the people around me simply because they share my story, my pain, in the journey of life.
“So when it’s reward time, why should I be the only one credited?” he asked.
He said, however, that this should be done through mutually beneficial charity rather than hand-outs.
“I believe in enabling family members with sufficient capital to be productive enough to create their own financial independence.
“Nobody in this world is wealthy enough to write off their investment,” he said.
Metro FM DJ Thabo ‘Tbo Touch’ Molefe believes he is not helping anyone by merely giving hand-outs