The Rivonia Junction In Khuma

Story by Motsieng Mooketsi 

Khuma: This small township is situated on the east side of Matlosana “Klerksdorp” it’s name means “a place of riches” due to the gold mining shafts in its surrounding area, but the mines have been closing down in recent years due to the earthquake that hit stilfontien in 2005.

Perhaps it is save to say the township’s riches have been replaced by the amount of talent that is found at Khuma, whether in Sports, Acting, Academics, Leadership, Writing, Politics, Industry, Entrepreneurship and every sector you can think of in the country.

One such example of excellence and leadership is Daddy Khuselo of Mbuso Management Solutions who has become a national brand through his practical strategies on how to make organizations across economic sectors to achieve results that yield impact in their business environments.

Born and raised in Khuma, Matlosana. he has had to face and overcome a difficult childhood characterised by poverty and strife. On Saturday the 5th of August he came back to the township that birthed him to launch a book which is a narrative, inspirational and insightful memoir that is metaphorically drawn from his days of working as a railway paraternal.

Mr Moagi Kodisang and Miss Lungelwa Mkhuzo were MCs for the day. Whilst Mr Mpfumi Phiri rendered musical items with his melodic voice and guitar.

By profession DK is an electrical engineer turned motivational speaker, training facilitator and a strategist with over 15 years experience to his name he has carved a reputation as a “go to” guy for incisive and practical strategy on how to make a business function profitably and effectively.

Daddy Khuselo specialises in personal development, strategy development and implementation, cultural re-design and business development.

Guest speaker Dr Kukie Mothopi who is also from Khuma praised Daddy Khuselo for coming back home to launch his book in the city, Dr Mothopi is one of the less than 10 black people who have studied Prosthodontist in the country and one of the top 5 black woman in the same field, having studied in Borakanelo high school she urged the youth to open themselves up to opportunities and quoted Donald Trump, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela when she said “Lets make Khuma great again, yes we can and its not possible till its done”

Another golden son of Khuma who was on the panel of speakers is Mr Thabang “Tate” Magare of deloitte group who is a partner and audit partner at the company. “Tate” took a trip down memory lane as he remembered how they grew up looking up-to “DK” as youngsters and congratulated him on his successes Thabang “Tate” Magare also advised young people about the gravel road of success by saying “If you want to succeed in life you must embrace failure” Thabang is a chartered accountant by profession and says he sometimes pinches himself and askes if his really living such an abundant life despite his difficulties.

In his opening remarks he admitted to nervousness and gave a warm welcome to the guests. In true motivational speech style he began by saying that as a people it is important to get into each other’s hearts and proceeded with a quote from his favorite late ANC President OR Tambo and said Tambo was a visionary leader hence there is power in the spoken word. “What you are saying, your words are your seed whether good or bad” said Khuselo.

In a patriotic manner DK spoke of how Khuma has produced dynamic people in every sector, however there is a very huge gap between the talent  in Khuma and the youth and in the absence of these good role models there is space being created for a bad person to influence a young person with bad things.

“There is power in information sharing, and young people need someone to talk to therefore we are in need of information” said Khuselo he told the guests about the difficulty of visionary leadership and said that one sees what others can’t see. whilst making reference to the re-opening of the Vaal University of Technology very soon in the city. He was part of a business delegation that went to China in July accompanied by Mayor Maetu Kgaile.

The name of his book “The Rivonia Junction” is inspired by a choice he had to make and choose between his god given talent and an academic qualification. I was in “Rivonia” I had just came from “Kwa Zulu Natal” and I was in a moment were i had to choose between what i learned and what is a gift to me.

DK says many people are stark in careers they don’t like because people fear taking the risk of making money through their god given talents. He was 25 years old when he swapped overalls for suits and never looked back ever since.

16 years later he has become such a powerful brand that “The Minister of Higher Education” Dr Blade Nzimande head huntered him to be appointed as one of the external council members of the Johannesburg Central College until 2019 were he chairs the subcommittee on innovation, Linkages and development.

The Rivonia Junction has twelve chapters and it talks about the life experiences Daddy Khuselo has went through in his life and career the book also has references to some of the most amazing South African pioneers who have inspired him throughout his transitional journey of life and career.

 

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