‘Success is a product of hard work’

2015-06-17 06:01
TSHEDISO MOSHOESHOE with one of the Hartswater Shoprite officials, Winston Gaopalangwe, with one of the first few editions of the magazine.

TSHEDISO MOSHOESHOE with one of the Hartswater Shoprite officials, Winston Gaopalangwe, with one of the first few editions of the magazine.

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WHO said dreams can’t really come true? That was the question raised by Tshediso Israel Moshoeshoe, the chief editor of the newly-launched multilingual magazine, Kapa Bokone.

At the age of 24, Moshoeshoe, originally from the dusty streets of Pampierstad in the Northern Cape, is positive that he has every right and reason to celebrate this Youth Month on a high note after the first edition of his magazine hit the shelves.

According to Moshoeshoe, the magazine, which will be distributed provincially, is proof that nothing in this world is impossible.

He also established a publishing company, called Dianamoshinterlogistics, which published the magazine.

The first edition has already hit the shelves for free and Moshoeshoe revealed that the next edition, which would be out every second month, will sell for R5,50 at local stores.

What started as a childhood dream finally turned into reality when his first copy of the magazine was delivered to his doorstep.

Moshoeshoe described his dream as that of a crazy person because that was what people called him when he told them about it.

“People used to laugh at me and tell me that my dream was just way too big for a kasi boy like me who didn’t even go to a model-C school,” Moshoeshoe said.

From his humble beginnings as a temporary primary school teacher to being a freelance journalist, this journey has prepared him for his ultimate dream of achieving so much.

“I gambled with my life by giving up my career for what people called a stupid dream. That included me giving up my job as a facilitator to be a citizen journalist.

“I still remember very well that, while doing my Information Technology practicals at Rustenburg, the Department of Education was willing to offer me a contract that I could not turn down. But I turned it down for I knew that I didn’t belong in a classroom full of kids. I couldn’t afford to gamble with the future of other people’s children.

“It also came as a shock and disappointment to my family because they used their last cent to send me to one of the best private colleges with the hope that I would be a better person and earn a decent salary in the IT industry.”

He understands why at some point his parents could not support his dream of gallivanting in the streets with a camera and a notebook.

“I had to understand because I come from a family lineage of teachers, pure intellects, ” says Moshoeshoe.

He is very ambitious and has big plans for the future. “Altogether 15 years from now, I will have my own television station within the province working with other guys in the television industry. We will no longer go to TV, but TV will surely come to us. We will have our own homegrown productions. I just finished my autobiography project and it will be launched next year in June. I believe in doing things that people label as the impossible.”

He highlighted the cruelty of the media industry, saying that it is not all glitz and glamour. “Besides always being part of the VIP lounges, booking expensive flights and expensive hotels and mingling with the so-called celebrities, there is a dark side to it as well. I have been accused, appointed, demoted, disappointed, betrayed and harshly treated. But I have learned that nothing in the media industry is personal X it is just a business like any other.”

He advised that it was better for a person to believe in yourself when no one believed in you.

“The brain that God has given you is the greatest gift of life that no fool can take away. By believing in myself the way I did even though times were tough, I now know for sure that I will leave behind the legacy of a lifetime for my children.

“I will survive this industry regardless of all the sabotage involved in it by selfish greedy individuals. Now I know it is the time for other hypocrites to use their last ammunition to attack me and see me down, maybe see me out of the game as well. That is a pity, because it won’t happen. Not now, not ever, until the Man above declares it over.”

He believes his dream came from God. “I am doing what the heavens above approved X not for money, nor for fame. I believe that I was famous way before I was even born. My middle name, Israel, was and still is written all over the holy book. I am doing this for the fact that I have discovered my purpose in this life.”

Moshoesho directed his thanks to all the people who believed in his dream and contributed to its success.

“My sincere gratitude also goes to the Tobolo family, for having allowed me to invade their family time.

“I also do owe my respects to my gr. 1 teacher, Mrs Seeme, as she is the one who taught me how to hold a crayon. My gr. 12 History teacher, Tumelo Mpoelang, is the one who saw me graduate and my English teacher, Archie Mpong, always believed in my writing skills.

“I also want to thank my late mother, a woman who carried me and gave birth to the man that I am today, my family of course and the whole team working on the magazine.”

Moshoeshoe believes it is thanks to the youth of 1976, through their efforts and bloodshed, that today a black man can stand up and be recognised in today’s society.

“To them I proudly say, ‘aluta continua’.

“I would also like to dedicate this achievement to my late uncle Raymond Witkoei who was the first person to have introduced a local Tswana newspaper called Motsosa-kgang in our community.”

Directing his gratitude to Sir Max, former Motsweding FM presenter, he thanked him for always being such a great motivator and for picking up the pieces whenever they were scattered.

“If your dream hasn’t made you a laughing stock, if your dream hasn’t made you a fool, if your dream hasn’t turned into your own enemy and forced you to hate yourself, if your dream hasn’t caused your girlfriend to dump you, then know that you are just miles away from achieving it. My dream once made me hate myself for people called me a failure. At some point your dream has to turn you into a laughing stock.

“A man who doesn’t believe in his dreams is a man who doesn’t dream at all, at times we fail to dream big because we are afraid to fail. Rather be called a failure than a fake.”

He quoted a former Miss South Africa finalist from the Northern Cape, Lizzy Staffa’s, words: “Don’t be afraid to dream and don’t be afraid to fall.”

Moshoeshoe reminded the youth that it did not take someone special to do something special.

“It does not take a philosopher to achieve a great amount of success. Carrying royal blood can never earn anyone success. All it takes is courage, obedience, hard work and passion. Success is not an inheritance, but a product of hard work and sacrifice. It takes a human to dream and achieve.

“Being the nobody that I was, with no qualifications, I had the pleasure of sitting inside the car of the second citizen of the republic of South Africa, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, and had a two-minute one-on-one chat with him.

“The strength of a human being does not depend merely on papers, but lives in the mind,” Moshoeshoe said


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