At home with TT Mbha
TT Mbha may be dealing in the lavish residential properties of the rich and famous, but when it comes to the place this powerhouse CEO of Black Real Estate calls home, it’s a different story
What did you want to be when you were a child?
My parents wanted me to go into law but it wasn’t for me. I knew I was creative and having studied art at school helped. After matric, I qualified in clothing management, a combination of fashion design and business management.
What’s your career today?
I am a master practitioner in real estate and the CEO of Black Real Estate.
How did the transition from fashion management to real estate come about?
It happened naturally. As a child, I walked around my home of Pimville in Soweto every weekend admiring the houses and telling myself that one day, I’ll also have such a house. When, in 2014, I ended up in hospital for seven days with acute meningitis, it was a turning point in my life. I decided to follow my heart: real estate. I resigned as partner of a television marketing company, sold my shares and started Black Real Estate.
As a child, I walked around my home of Pimville in Soweto every weekend admiring the houses and telling myself that one day, I’ll also have such a house.
What are you most proud of?
As a black man from Soweto, I reached the highest level of achievement in real estate in two-and-a-half years. It’s because I am driven by passion for people and the business. That’s really what the industry is about: building relationships and trust. It’s that simple.
Where is your home?
I bought property three years ago on an estate in Ruimsig on the West Rand of Johannesburg.
What makes your home special?
It’s everything I’ve always dreamed of as a child – like the houses along the streets in Pimville where I grew up. Also, I’ve always wanted to live in an estate, to have that sense of security.
“I am a master practitioner in real estate and the CEO of Black Real Estate.”
Was it purely a heart decision or did investment come into play?
It was both. My family was growing at the time; my wife Esperanca was pregnant with our second daughter and we needed more space. And I love area. It’s good value for money and the rate per square metre is reasonable compared to other areas such as Sandton, where you pay for the name. There’s a lot of investment happening around Ruimsig because it’s still growing. It has two shopping malls, a casino and a hospital, the Gautrain is coming soon and nearby Lanseria Airport is also expanding.
What do you do when you’re not selling property?
I play a lot of golf. Business happens on the golf course. Once, you’d have to sit in a long office meeting to sign a deal, now you just play golf for four hours. I also spend time with my wife and two daughters, Tahto and Boitumelo, and I love hosting friends including celebrities such as Somizi Mhlongo, Bonang Matheba and DJ Euphonik.
And your future home?
I dream of owning property in New York, Miami, London, Spain and Brazil one day…
Credits: Photgraphs: Supplied – HSM Images, Text: Debbie Loots