Thapelo Mmusinyane (35) is a property developer with more than 14 years of experience in the business industry. A vibrant entrepreneur, he is currently head of the real estate unit at Ethekweni metropolitan municipality, a role he has achieved thanks to hard work and commitment to his future. From the Taung Village in the North West, Mmusinyane is an inspiration to others who come from rural areas, following their passion in the city.
“When I hear a story of someone who came from nothing and who overcame the odds by working hard and staying focused, that inspires me,” says Mmusinyane.
Mmusinyane manages the municipality’s real estate portfolio that is valued at an estimated R10-billion. This includes the preparation and maintenance of the valuation roll which generates in excess of R7-billion per annum for the municipality.
“I am passionate about real estate in general and believe it is my calling,” he says. “I want to improve the productivity and management of public sector real estate through active demand management and strategic policy. I also want to enhance transparency through modernisation of municipal asset registers.”
The person who has most inspired Mmusinyane is his uncle, Joe Ralokwakweng, as he provided him with a roadmap of who he could be if he worked hard and was passionate about what he did. His brother, Dr Boitumelo Mmusinyane also pushed him towards real estate, believing in his abilities and potential.
“My wife Nthabiseng Mmusinyane has always given me her unwavering support and encouragement and encouraged me to follow my dreams,” he concludes. “And the one piece of advice I would give to any young South Africans looking to follow their dream is – keep them alive and have faith in yourself.”—Tamsin Oxford