The art of pass­ing on in­de­pen­dence

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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.

PHOTO: EL­IZ­A­BETH SE­JAKE

Metro FM DJ Thabo ‘Tbo Touch’ Molefe be­lieves he is not help­ing any­one by merely giv­ing hand-outs

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