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Authors speak to millions and their words craft the unimaginable into reality, they push us to achieve more and they can make us see life with a whole set of new life. I had the chance to interview one gentlemen who is set to launch his second book. An inspirational writer with an inspiring writing background having his books being read worldwide, Tumisang is not going backwards but continues to uplift lives.

Tinashe: Who is Tumisang?

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Tumisang: Tumisang Motsebe is a 28 year old man from Pampierstad in the Northern Cape born in Pampierstad and grew up in a village called Molelema in Taung district of South Africa.

Tinashe: Can you please share with us your writing journey

Tumisang: I started writing poetry from age 13 till age 21 then started writing books from there till now. My first book was Kingdom Mandate Exploring the spiritual and the second one now is I Am Not A Prisoner.

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Tinashe: Wow great, you have a quite long writing background. Why the shift from poetry to books?

Tumisang: I wanted to grow as a writer not only as a poet so I challenged myself into a new field I wasn’t used to. I am one person who loves challenging myself.

Tinashe: Nice one. How did you find the challenge?

Tumisang: I enjoy it more now. I am already busy with my 3rd book.

Tinashe: Can see you really pushing. How has been the reception of your work, especially books?

Tumisang: Great response both internationally and locally the support is amazing. I am addicted to writing.

Tinashe: Inspiring. How have you been selling and promoting your book?

Tumisang: I have been using Amazon and I sell them personally to the local buyers and social media has been a great tool for me to promote my books.

Tinashe: I would like to believe marketing and selling is usually a challenge for most writers. How have you been achieving it, any strategies and methods you using?

Tumisang: Lol it’s true but I am using simplicity its working for me the, more hardworking you are the more things work for you. It’s mostly about word of mouth and social media promotions.

Tinashe: I like the simplicity. Comparing word of mouth against social media, which one has been more effective.

Tumisang: They both effective Sir because not all people are on social media and many are not around to get the word of mouth.

Tinashe: Nice one, let’s go back to your work. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Tumisang: Well my brother Tshokolo Sebeso pushed me and inspired me with his own work. I also read my books too.

Tinashe: Any mentor or someone you look up to?

Tumisang: My brother and my teacher Lungile Maloi mentored me.

Tinashe: How is the reading culture, particularly in your locality especially for the niche you in?

Tumisang: People are reading, I see book clubs being formed to ignite the love of reading so saying people don’t read would be a terrible lie.

Tinashe: Yes, even this side. Book clubs are being formed especially on social media, but the main challenge is that people are exchanging pirated copies. How are you fighting piracy your side?

Tumisang: In Amazon it’s hard for people to get your copy without paying for it so I thought it is safe to put it there. I greatly encourage people to support authors because of the hard work we put in.

Tinashe: Safe that way. Besides Amazon, any other ways you recommend for writers to combat piracy?

Tumisang: They must handle their books themselves let anyone who wants a book get it from the author not anywhere else it’s old school though it still works wonders.

Tinashe: Now let’s talk about your upcoming book. What are we to expect?

Tumisang: It’s a mind blowing book breaking down all the emotional prisons and physical ones it’s a book aimed at uplifting everyone and give them a new perspective about life.

Tinashe: Wow can’t wait for it. What’s lined up for the launch?

Tumisang: Launching of the book and some entertainment.

Tinashe: Great. Any special guest we expecting?

Tumisang: Tlhompho David my publisher and Author who will be there

Tinashe: Interesting. Any business you into besides writing?

Tumisang: Well I am into the clothing business. I am one person who love adventures.

Tinashe: Great. If you were to start again. What would you do for life?

Tumisang: Well I would still be self-employed as hard as the economy is in our country. I still believe having multiple incomes is the way to go and self-investment is worth it no matter how hard it is. I need to have time for my family and no pressure, I value family and giving them my time which is the best currency in my life.

Tinashe: Indeed self-investment is the way to success. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Tumisang: Want to expand my writing talent, get married and focus on sharing my talents with the youth too.

Tinashe: Humbling vision there. Any word of advice you would give to someone starting out or want to do what you do.

Tumisang: Patience pays off don’t be in a rush. Push yourself to do more even if your dreams may scare you. Understand that if they scare you, it proves you are in the right path challenge yourself.

Tinashe: Powerful Advice there. In case someone wants to buy your book or get in touch with you. How do they go about it?

Tumisang: +27662002183 or +27730405934 Email: tumisangmotsebe@gmail.com You can order there, and I will send the book anywhere. Tumisang Motsebe Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and WhatsApp is +27662002183

Tinashe: Thank you. It was nice interviewing you. Any shout out!

Tumisang: Let me thank you Botshelo Osupile for organizing this and I will like to thank Galaletsang Mocumi for pushing me to do more.

Tinashe: I wish you the best in all your endeavors, stay blessed.

Tumisang: Thank you sir.

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FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE

14 Ways To Earn Passive Income In 2021

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By: Claire Makoni

Earn Songwriting Royalties

If you love to write music, you can create passive income by recording your songs and then publishing them through a variety of channels. You earn royalties anytime your music is played on streaming services like Apple Music, or Spotify, or played on the radio. You can even license your music for TV, movies, and videos without the backing of a major record label.

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Purchase Music Royalties

Perhaps your talent isn’t to write music. That’s ok, you can still get into the music royalty game by purchasing the rights to song catalogues owned by other artists. Royalty Exchange is an online auction that allows you to bid on existing music catalogues. These are songs that are already earning regular, passive income for their current owners. When you purchase music royalties, you’re buying the future cash flow, which is purely passive income.

Photo Licensing

Photographers can build passive income by selling stock photos online. You’ll need to produce lots of content to earn a decent amount of money, but it can be a nice supplement to other, more labor-intensive work, like wedding or family photography. One benefit to stock photo licensing is that you can sell the same pictures to many different buyers. There is no shortage of stock photo websites where you can sell your work. Dreamstime and Snapwire are just two of the more popular stock photo sites out there.

Record an Audiobook

One of the best ways for content creators to increase their income is by releasing their content in as many formats as possible. For example, if you’ve written a paperback book or even an ebook, you’ll want to consider recording an audiobook version. There is no shortage of people who prefer listening to books instead of reading them. You can record the audio yourself, or pay someone else to do it for you. Once your audiobook is ready to go, it can be available for purchase online for years, making it the ideal passive income source.

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Buy and Sell Domain Names

Buying and selling domain names is a bit like trading on the stock market. The goal is to buy low and sell high, but there can be some risk involved. There are people who earn good money buying domain names that they believe will increase in value over time, with the hopes of selling at a profit.

Start a Blog

Over time, it’s possible to create multiple passive income streams with a blog, through affiliate marketing, or display advertising, for example. But building a blog from scratch is anything but passive. You’ll need to be consistent in creating new content, and spend time promoting your blog. One of the best things about blogging is the low barrier of entry. If you have a computer and a wifi connection, you can get started for as little as a few dollars per month.

Start a Podcast

It seems everyone has a podcast these days, and while many people do it out of pure enjoyment, there’s a lot of money that can be made. As you build a reliable following, you can begin selling advertising via sponsorships to brands that wish to get in front of your audience. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of work involved in finding guests and conducting interviews, but the opportunity to build a passive income stream is there.

Start a YouTube Channel

If you can consistently create videos that people want to watch, you can build an audience on Youtube. This is important because, with an audience, you can begin to make money, by joining the YouTube Partner Program. Most of your earnings will come from ads, which are aired within your video content, however, there are more ways to make money. YouTube can also drive traffic to your website and social media channels, making passive income opportunities endless.

Sell Digital Products/Downloadables

Thousands of people earn passive income by creating digital products that people can download and use. From spreadsheets to productivity tools, calendars, and checklists, the possibilities are endless. Once you’ve created your winning product, you can make it available for download on your own website, or through a third-party platform.

Develop an Online Course

If you have expertise in a specific area, rest assured there’s someone out there willing to pay you for your knowledge. You can create an ebook on the topic, or develop an online course, and then sell it on your own website, or on an online learning marketplace like Udemy. No skill is too small to share with others. You could sell a course on creating a killer resume, starting a podcast, or how to travel hack a trip to Europe. With online courses, most of the hard work happens early on, when you’re creating the content. From there, with an effective marketing strategy, you’ll have yourself a nice, passive income stream.

Run Website Display Ads

If you have your own website, you can sign up to have ads displayed within the content on your site. The most well-known ad service is Google Adsense. Adsense displays ads that are relevant to your site content and that match your visitor’s preferences. When guests engage with an ad, you make money. Also, the higher your site traffic, the higher your income.

Affiliate Marketing

If you have your own blog or website, one of the best ways to make passive income is through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing involves promoting someone else’s product or service, and earning a commission whenever a sale is generated directly from your recommendation. The most well-known affiliate program may be the one run by online retail giant Amazon, but there are thousands of other companies with programs of their own. Affiliate income takes time to build, but if you’re successful, it can be one of the best ways to make passive income.

Dropshipping

Dropshipping is a form of e-commerce where the seller doesn’t hold the product, instead, it’s shipped to the customer directly from the supplier. The seller’s job is to find products to buy at a wholesale price, and then sell them at the retail price, by advertising them through an e-commerce store, like Shopify. When orders are placed, they go directly to the supplier who ships the product to the customer. The seller profits from the spread between the retail and wholesale price. Dropshipping has become very competitive, but if you can find a product that people want, and sell it at a profit, there’s lots of passive income to be made.

Learn to Outsource

If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you have a tendency to want to control all aspects of your business. After all, no one else understands it as you do, nor is anyone else as invested as you are. But the problem with doing everything yourself is that the money you make becomes anything but passive.

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SUCCESS STORIES

Dr. Vere’s Coat of Many Colours

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By Gilbert Sikanyika

Doctor Kudzanai Vere belongs to the group of African young Turks determined to conquer the world and leave permanent foot-steps on the sands of life.

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I have known Dr. Vere through social interactions over the years and I have come to know him as a pragmatic, hard-working, and purpose-driven person. He sets high goals and when he attains those goals, he sets even higher goals. He places a high premium on his aspirations. He challenges himself to challenge challenges in his life. He does not take “no” for an answer…He knocks, knocks, and keeps knocking until doors of opportunities fling open before him. He is tenacious and aggressive in his daily operations. He does not wait for opportunities; instead, he creates opportunities for himself. He is a workaholic if ever there was one.

He was compelled to stop school in form 4 due to family financial constraints but that could not deter him from pursuing his dreams. He started working as a Receiving and Costing Clerk at Redstar in Nyanga in Zimbabwe and he rose through the ranks to become Branch Manager within a spell of three years. He was arguably the youngest Branch Manager heading a Blue Chips Company when he was only 22 years old.

Doctor Vere has “A coat of many colours.” He is an entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker of international repute. He enjoys developing people in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Personal Development, Practical Business Management, Organizational Development, Financial Literacy, and Leadership Development.

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Just what makes him tick

He gets inspiration from motivating himself and others. His life gets better when he impacts lives in Business related issues. He was born in a family of 10 in a remote area of Zimbabwe in Nyanga. He went to Maereka primary school, Nyatate school, and Mapako High School. He has also attended: Zimbabwe Open University, British College Of Professional Management, Coppetstone University among others. He has:

  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Diploma In Accounting In Business Management
  • Bcom Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountancy
    -Master of Arts in Leadeship and Management
    -Registered Public Accounting
    -Certified Forensic
    -Doctorate in Phylosophy in Entrepreneurship among others.

Dr. Vere is also a notable and versatile writer whose books such as Becoming A Person Of Impact and Exceed Beyond The Ordinary have blessed multitudes of people. It seems he is a “Jack of all trades and master of everything.”

His books have impacted the hordes of people from all walks of life because of the nuggets of life they carry. His presence is being felt almost everywhere and so far so good. Although he never completed formal education, he is a self-made man who has managed to school himself and has acquired a string of diplomas and degrees and was recently conferred with a Doctorial degree in recognition of his teachings and passion for entrepreneurship.


“The whole of my adult life I have been learning business at times passively and at other times actively. I have vast years of business management, ” he said. His ultimate goal in life is to become an oasis of inspiration in Business circles. He is married to a lovely lady Fortune who is the Managing Director of the family business empire. Doctor Vere is also blessed with a wife and five children.

Gilbert Sikanyika is a Writing Prophet based in Zambia

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OPPORTUNITIES

Developers/ Programmers (Graduate Trainees) Wanted X 3 : YPPZ

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Young People’s Program Zimbabwe Youth Association (YPPZ) is recruiting graduate trainees from the following disciplines:

  • Information Technology & Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Sciences

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