Herman Mashaba celebrated his 60th birthday on Monday, 26 August and we decided to honour the Johannesburg mayor.
On Monday, Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba turned 60 years old and he took to social media to share a throwback photo of himself.
"Looking at this photograph it feels like just few weeks ago. I wake up today, I am 60 years old. I am grateful to God, my parents, family, community and my country for shaping this life over the last 60 years. I am indebted to ALL @ConnieMashaba," he captioned the image.
In honour of the Jozi mayor's birthday, Briefly.co.za gathered five quick facts about his life and career.
1. Humble beginnings
Herman Mashaba grew up in near-poverty in GaRamotse in Hammanskraal, Gauteng. According to Wikipedia, Mashaba was raised by his sisters while his mother worked as a domestic worker to support her family.
2. End of an academic dream
The photo Herman Mashaba shared of himself in his birthday post was taken in 1979 when he was a first-year student at the University of the North West, Times LIVE reported.
However, a year later political unrest resulted in the institutions closing down and Mashaba could no longer continue with his degree.
The university opened its doors again two months later but Mashaba did not return.
3. Working SuperKurl
Mashaba started selling African hair-care products at a company called SuperKurl, and he soon became their best-selling employee. However, he was not satisfied by only being an employee and he decided to start his own business.
4. Black Like Me
In 1985, Mashaba borrowed R30 000 from businessman Walter Dube, who was his friend. He used the money to start Black Like Me. According to TimesLIVE, before starting his own company, Mashaba sold products out of the boot of his car.
Today, the DA member and Johannesburg mayor is a millionaire.
5. Music lover
Mashaba is said to be quite the pianist. The Joburg mayor revealed that he plays the piano after taking secret lessons for half a decade.
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