Following the attendance of weekly online sessions with Cameron Morrissey (author of three best-selling books), Mpho was invited to form part of the editing team for his latest book. It was in the process thereof that the title of the book The Roadmap was born. The book was called The Roadmap as it was intended to serve as a compass to leaders navigating their way through leadership.
Mpho is part of a group of young professionals who have taken it upon themselves to be active agents of change in their community. The Qwaqwa Young Professionals Forum, as it got named, stemmed from a Facebook page. The forum is a platform for young Qwaqwa residents to promote their businesses and social events, as well as to convey public announcements from the municipality. As a way of inspiring and motivating one another, stories of successful individuals, who hail from Qwaqwa, are also shared through the forum.
Born out of this forum is an initiative to collect and donate sanitary pads as well as toiletries to those who are less fortunate. Thereafter, a sibling initiative of collecting school shoes and donating them to disadvantaged children was bred. An initiative that has now been running for two consecutive years.
It took six and half years for Ditiro Development Holdings to be operational. Mpho’s influence played a significant role in seeing this through. His sound mind and pragmatic approach to business gave Dikeledi Khoeli, founder and managing director of Ditiro Development Holdings, the wings to fly and to make a success of the business venture.
“When you are in Mpho Mahlaba’s space you will constantly be encouraged and expected to give and be the best that you can and to adeptly overcome boundaries to achieve success. Building your own business from the ground is not an easy thing to do. However, it gets easier when you have support from the right people, like Mpho Mahlaba,’ says Dikeledi Khoeli.
Netherlands –based South African writer, author, poet, and entrepreneur
Mpho worked with Bokang Lemaoana in his two books A Poet’s Grave Sin: An Anthology of Poems and Are you the Right Mind, Heart or Limbs for that Business? Bokang's vision for writing the latter was to share with the world his working experiences in the retail, hospitality and banking sectors. Experiences which he found to be either detrimental or beneficial to the profitability and productivity of the companies that he worked for. The book was also aimed at improving relationships between customers, staff and management.
Their friendship budded when Bokang found Mpho on his Facebook friend suggestions and it was upon realising that Mpho could be a positive person to associate with, (that) he proceeded to send him a friend request. A strong professional, yet brotherly bond was formed and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I think his altruism definitely rubbed off on me. Ever since I met him, I have been obsessed with humanitarianism. I give my time to a couple of social initiatives now,’ says Bokang. "He taught me the anatomy of a suit. I used to do presentations and go to interviews wearing jeans and sneakers, but since I met him I am always in a suit and tie when I do such activities. He is a very professional and time-oriented person. If you want to gain his respect, respect his time.”