Book inspires

2015-04-30 16:54
INSPIRING: Letshego Tau with a copy of his book, From humble beginnings to realising a dream. Call 078-113-3688 or email to get your copy.                
Jabulani Dlamini

INSPIRING: Letshego Tau with a copy of his book, From humble beginnings to realising a dream. Call 078-113-3688 or email to get your copy. Photo: Jabulani Dlamini

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MANY South Africans can relate to a story of a tough upbringing, but very few actually chronicle their life story so that it serves as inspiration to others.

Letshego Tau, 30-year-old married father of three,

has decided to write his story in the hope of it serving as motivation and hopefully leading to someone making the same decision he has.

He sat down with Express editor, Jabulani Dlamini, to explain his reasons for writing the book,

From humble beginnings to realising a dream, as well as his upbringing in the small Southern Free State town of Qibing, near Wepener.

What is the book all about?

The book is a reflection of my life and is aimed at serving as inspiration to others. It is a reflection on my life which I consider to have been tough, having been brought up by a single parent like many others out there.

When did you discover the writer in you?

When I was an intern at the Free State Treasury Department in 2007, the then MEC Tate Makgoe gave us books as farewell gifts and made the comment that black people did not write their stories and this stuck with me. But it was only a couple of years later that I actually read the books and started writing.

What role would you say Tate Makgoe played in what you do today?

He was constantly motivating us and told us that black people were not writing and if you did it would transform your life.

Why do you think your story is worth telling?

The title says it all. When you have people that believe in you and you are also self-motivated, anything is possible.

You seem to focus on motivational and inspirational books, why is this?

Like in many townships across our country, Qibing has a lack of role models because those that make it in the big cities don’t come back, but I decided to change this trend and share my story and also to plough back.

What legacy do you want to leave your kids?

Hopefully a legacy that will make them read and make them want to develop themselves. I want them to start reading and even write because even those that want to see you improve will give you books as gifts

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