JOHANNESBURG – Speaking during LongRich Bioscience International Vivian Mokome’s 37th birthday that was recently hosted in Centurion, Mpho Tshabalala has praised her business leader for her influence.
Tshabalala spoke exclusively to MLM Magazine about her journey without the famous music icon in the form of Mduduzi ‘Mandoza’ Tshabalala who passed away in 2016.
As the music scene continues to celebrate the Kwaito artist’s contribution, the late musician’s wife stated that life was not easy as she tries to come to terms with the late Nkalakatha singer.
“I always say that when I’m asked about life after losing my husband, I lost him and found myself. At times bad things had to happen to you and you remember there’s a God out there,” Tshabalala told MLM Magazine.
“That’s number one and you have to remember there’s a purpose to find yourself throughout the years I’ve been married to Mr. Tshabalala.
“Along the process, I realized he has left a big legacy and one that I can use to empower other women. I am also using the Mandoza Foundation in the bioscience, in the LongRich way.”
Speaking about using the late musician’s legacy and how she plans to help and empower women, the widow explained that she is working hard through LongRich and the Mandoza Foundation.
“When I have a sanitary towel that can help with cancer, a product to help I know I can empower others. I also do food servings at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital every Thursday to cancer patients,” she continued.
“I introduce the product to them and I’m giving to people because some cannot afford it. If money is a challenge, I give them let’s say 10 products, to say go and sell, empower yourself as well. Come back and join.
“I’m a product of former President Thabo Mbeki that says I’m an African and Vivian’s vision resonates with that vision. I’m a product of Nkalakatha, Nkalakatha is an African legacy and the song came through when South Africa had just moved into democracy.
“White people united through the song when we didn’t know what to do. The whites didn’t know how to say sorry for the past and we didn’t know whether to retaliate for the imbalances of the past, but Nkalakatha reunited us.
“The black, coloreds, and even with xenophobia, with Nkalakatha we can still say we are brothers and sisters.”
Moreover, Tshabalala expressed the belief that Mokome’s Change Africa With Vivian Mokome through multilevel networking could play a massive role in eradicating poverty.
“For me, the vision is massive, LongRich is for Africa just like Nkalakatha is for Africa. There’s power in Vivian’s vision. May the vision live long. Vivian and her husband (Bro Solly Mokome) have always pushed me to stand up, I can’t feel pity for myself because the lids to look after,” she expressed.
“I’ve been to many events in my life and I call Vivian an Iron lady, this is something different. More than a birthday celebration – it’s an empowerment ceremony.
“She’s been there and has opened up a space for other people. I don’t have words to describe her. I actually meet Vivian through Facebook, she was checking up on me after losing my husband. After that, she always checked on me health-wise and she asked how I was doing financially.”