The beginning of HN
After naming the empire, at the age of 17, he approached a multi-million rand students’ accommodation company called South Point to co-edit its magazine as he had great ideas and he wanted to start working on a professional business venture. His proposal was accepted, he joined the team and the magazine was a success as it moved from being online to being printed and distributed across South Africa. He also engaged in some other successful business activities like investing in the JSE and making thousands, at the age of 17. Besides the two, he started a fashion brand called HN Clothing and it focused on making avant-garde clothing pieces. He locked a TV deal with a community television station, worked on two radio shows and more. Hlumelo eventually became tired of playing it safe and took out all his investments in trying to focus on his business ventures strictly. He also dropped out twice from varsity. He was studying at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, studying electrical engineering and he was amongst the top performers but he dropped out since the calling was loud. He tried in the business field again but it wasn’t going as planned so he went to study IT at the Walter Sisulu University. He was number one out of 108 students but then again the calling haunted him. During that time, he lost everything but he knew very well that he had to cross the bridge, away from the comfort zone, burn it, and start taking his dream seriously. From nothing, he started an initiative called the Long Tie to Success to inspire himself from falling from grace and also inspiring all the underground visionaries that had no resources at all but had dreams that haunted them from time to time. This initiative consisted of a 3M long tie that national celebrities wrote special messages on to inspire all those that lost hope in their dreams. More than 20 national celebrities supported it.