In 2011, Nthabiseng’s mother passed away and she became the legal guardian of her younger brother, Kamo, who was four years old at the time. When she met Tshepang in 2013, her family expanded to include the love of her life. Here, Nthabiseng and Tshepang share more about their journey.
Can you tell us a bit more about your family and what family means to you?
Nthabiseng: In 2007, my mother gave birth to my younger brother, Kamo. He was just the sweetest and most beautiful being I had ever seen in my entire life. Unfortunately in 2011, when Kamo was just 4 years old, our mother passed away. At that point, I had to take up the role of guardian and become not only a sister but a legal parent to Kamo as well. Fortunately, there is a 21-year gap between us. In 2013, I met Tshepang, my partner. It was honestly love at first sight and we moved in together in 2015 and married in 2016 in a beautiful beach ceremony. We have been this small and close-knit family unit ever since. We look at Kamo, who is 12 years old now, and just can’t believe that we have raised a whole human being who is extremely intelligent, loving, caring and just all round wonderful.
We didn’t decide to have children. Life just threw this responsibility at us and it is a responsibility we have taken very seriously ever since. It is for this reason that we need to affirm and recognise different family struct...