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Saturday, July 13, 2019


(Richman Bongani Mahlangu)

Richman Bongani Mahlangu who is an author, motivational speaker and guidance counsellor for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, is currently in Durban for a short period.

He is in South Africa as part of his motivational speaking tour and book promotion. His presentation is based on his true personal story of how through hard work at school and at tennis, he was able to overcome the hardships of apartheid and earn a tennis scholarship to America.

He explains: “While in America I used the same approach to coach both of my boys how to play tennis, which resulted with the recruitment to Harvard and Georgetown Universities, changing my family tree, from the South African township to the Ivy League in one generation.

“My objective is to empower young people to work hard at school and in their everyday lives to be able to reach their fullest potential and create better lives for themselves. I would like to make an appointment and meet with anyone interested to see if I can give you the copies of my books to be considered for youth outreach programs.
 “My first book is called Zulu Dreams, From Apartheid To The Ivy League. This is an autobiography that shares my life story growing up in the township of Lamontville and losing my father at 12 years old, yet I was able to vision a better life beyond the life that was being forced upon me and create a better future for my children and myself.

“My second book is called Beyond Expectations, How I rose from poverty to achieve success. This book was published in December 2018; it is a self-help book or guide to empower young people to define their own success, find something that they enjoy, work hard at it and turn it to its full potential and live better lives. Both of these books are available at but I am Durban and I can provide copy samples.” he concludes.

Janus Horn, owner of Sica’s Guest House in Westridge, is supporting Mahlangu as he really is trying to make a difference in motivating the youth. He says: “He is truly a rags to riches story and I am extremely proud of him and his achievements! Richie, as we call him, used to play tennis at Berea Lawn Tennis Club. He then went over to Austria and on our first ever overseas holiday, we went to the tennis school where he was teaching. I think my sisters were 8 and I was 10 years old at the time. He really left a lasting impression on me and my family. He has been out to South Africa a few times since publishing his first book,” Horn concludes.

Richman Mahlangu can be contacted on or or visit

While he is staying in Durban, he will be at Sica’s Guest House and his room number is 031 273 3409.