Thandolwethu and Iminathi Govender, residents of the Soweto district of Johannesburg, married in 2004 after years of dating. Thandolwethu worked as an engineer in the city and Iminathi took a job as a receptionist at a local clinic. After their first child, Minenhle, was born in 2008, they decided that Iminathi would quit her job to stay home with their children.
The manufacturing industry was hit hard during the financial crisis of 2008. Thankfully, Thandolwethu did not lose his job, but he had to work more hours and take a heavy pay cut to help his company survive. “Thandolwethu was providing for our needs, but I noticed how tired he became. We tried to save all the money we could but it never seemed like enough” Iminathi shared. “We really were not sure what was going to happen. The market did pick up, but it dropped again. And by that point, I was pregnant with Kungawo, so we just prayed to God for the best.”
“We really were not sure what was going to happen financially. We just prayed to God for the best.”
Soon after Kungawo was born, Iminathi was browsing Facebook one afternoon and saw an advertisement saying she could earn R13 500 per day from home. Curious, she clicked on it and did some research. “It had some excellent reviews from a lot of users so I felt safer signing up for the system. It is not like those ‘get rich quick’ scams where you have to sell things to make a living. If I did have to sell things I would not have signed up” Iminathi shared.
Using the internet to work from home has become one of the largest worldwide trends and has recently exploded in South Africa. Tesler is an instruction system that teaches you to use internet sites like Google, Walmart, Amazon, Apple and so many others to make money online. All you have to do is fill out a short form online to get access to the system.
“I was nervous about starting the system. I do not know the computer very well, but they teach you how to do everything you need to know. I really only knew how to browse the internet, but that is all the computer skill I needed. I also did not want Thandolwethu to feel as though he was not providing for our family” Iminathi shared.
“I was nervous about starting the system. I did not want him to feel as though he was not providing for our family.”
After her first two weeks using the system, two checks arrived totaling R172 467. Iminathi decided she needed a way to hide this money until she gained the courage to tell Thandolwethu about her new job. So, she secretly opened a bank account without her husband’s knowledge. She chose to have the checks deposited directly into that account each week.
And just like that life went on as normal for 3 years. Thandolwethu would go to work while Iminathi worked on the Tesler system at home. She did not touch the money in the secret account. “It was very hard for me to keep such a big secret from my husband. I felt like I was betraying him, but I feared telling him more. Looking back on it, it was foolish of me to keep it from him” Iminathi said.
Early last year, Thandolwethu lost his job. When he took the loss really hard, Iminathi decided it was time to tell him what she had been doing everyday. So, one afternoon, she walked to the bank and cashed out the secret account she had been growing for over 3 years. By then the account had made over R12 418 042.
“Iminathi sat down next to me and told me she had been hiding something from me and that God would be ashamed of her” Thandolwethu shared. Then she pulled a check from her dress and handed it to me. It was written out to her and signed by our bank for R 12 418 042. I did not believe it at first, and then she told me about the Tesler system.”
“Thandolwethu was silent at first. I thought he was angry and was considering a divorce. But, then he started crying and hugged me. I told him how ashamed and sorry I was but he just exclaimed how relieved he was that his prayers for a solution to our financial problems had been answered” Iminathi shared.
“My prayers were answered. We went from making R0 to making around R12 319 everyday”
Thandolwethu and Iminathi’s story has been shared on hundreds of local media outlets including blogs, reports and the local news. When we found the story, we immediately asked to feature it in our local job report. We asked Iminathi to share some exclusive advice for our readers:
“I do not recommend hiding a secret from your spouse, but if you are looking for a reliable source of income, I really recommend joining today” – Iminathi Govender