Meet Richman Mahlangu, a man with a moving story on the importance of dreams

Zulu Dreams: From Apartheid To The Ivy League tells the story of how a young Zulu boy from Durban discovered he had a gift for tennis – which would later help him make his way to America and Europe.

Born in 1964, Richman Mahlangu was the youngest of five children who were raised by their mother after their father died when he was 10.

He found a broken tennis racquet one day that paved the way to his studies under a scholarship and also coaching in the game.

Mahlangu, all the way from Nevada in the USA, spoke about his inspirational story which has now been penned and published.

As a little boy, I always had this feeling that I could do better.

Richman Mahlangu, author and retired athlete

Listen to the full conversation (with John Webb standing in) on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

Mahlangu's two sons now study at universities on tennis scholarships.

His older son Nicholas is at Harvard, while his younger son Yannick is at Georgetown university.

Mahlangu still coaches tennis, but is a guidance counsellor at a school in Nevada, Las Vegas.

He still has family based in South Africa and hopes to help them build a better life.


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