Kasi Nerd is an entertaining African fiction book about Koketso Motlhabane who is a young man from Kagiso in the West Rand of Johannesburg, South Africa. Koketso struggles to navigate his way in certain sections of his township community and became an outcast because of his love of books and passion for education. Sputla Siwelele, who is the protagonist, bullies Koketso whenever he sees him, and Koketso’s crush Zodumo constantly rejects his advances because his nerdy lifestyle doesn’t impress her. This brings to light the social impact of peer pressure, where theoretically, it may make sense not to give in, but it becomes less practical when you’re punished for trying to lead a productive lifestyle.
Mr Tebogo Ditshego is the Group CEO of Ditshego Investment Group, CEO of Ditshego Media, Chairman of the South African Reading Foundation, and Judge in season 4 and 5 of SABC 1 programme One Day Leader. In 2017, he was selected to serve as a judge in the Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence Awards.
He grew up in Kagiso, which is in the West Rand of Johannesburg and started his first company Ditshego Media in 2011. Three years later, on 5 February 2014, he was listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s top 30 African Entrepreneurs under the age of 30.
In November 2016, Tebogo Ditshego received the “Nestlife Assurance: Young Business Achiever of the year” award at the BBQ Magazine awards.
He is the founder of South Africa’s biggest online book club Read a book SA which has over 39,000 followers on Twitter, and over 15,000 books recommended by its followers. Tebogo Ditshego is the author of bestselling fiction book “Kasi Nerd” which he published and distributed through Ditshego Media. It was launched on 22 April 2016 and is available at Exclusive Books & Van Schaik Bookstores.
On 24 January 2017, Tebogo Ditshego was voted as Avance Media’s most influential young South African in business. He went on to participate in the Austrian Leadership Programme organised by the Austrian Government, for International Business Leaders in March 2017. In 2015, Tebogo Ditshego was listed as one of Fast Company Magazine’s top 100 most creative South Africans in business.
Tebogo Ditshego was nominated for the University of Johannesburg’s Alumni Dignitas Award in 2015, which honours graduates who achieve a dynamic legacy of accomplishment. He represented the University of Johannesburg twice consecutively at the annual Southern African Communications Conference for his Honours research essays.
He holds an Honours Degree in Communications from the University of Johannesburg and he has a certificate of completion in a Business and Entrepreneurship course from the University of Wisconsin in the US.