- Herman Mashaba is famous in South Africa for his life of struggling against poverty to open his own hair care business
- He publicly backed Mmusi Maimane in the Democratic Alliance leadership race
- He is now the mayor of Johannesburg
Herman Mashaba was born in extreme poverty in GaRamotse in Hammanskraal, Gauteng. He was raised by his sisters while his mother worked as a domestic worker.
His older brother was forced to drop out of school in search of employment, while Mashaba was more fortunate and was able to complete high school.
As a youth, he began to gamble and sell drugs (marijuana) to make money. His entrepreneurial and strategic mind was evident at a very young age, when he bought his first car without having a license. He would drive from one selling job to another, confirming himself a natural salesman.
Mashaba sold anything and everything until he discovered black hair care products and, with the help of Connie, his current wife of over 30 years, Black Like Me was born.
The company enjoyed enormous success and became the pioneer of natural hair products, cementing Mashaba as a force in the South African business environment.
In 2012, he wrote the book Black Like You, which is his autobiography detailing his rise (and fall) and rise again.
After a public backing Mmusi Maimane in the Democratic Alliance leadership race; Mashaba was soon elected Mayor of Johannesburg on 22 August 2016 - the first non-ANC Johannesburg mayor since 1994.
His success continues as he just recently celebrated the graduation of his daughter Khensani, as reported by Briefly.co.za last year.
Mashaba, was a proud dad as he attended the graduation ceremony. He shared photos of the special occasion on his social media.
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