Ntombi Mbokazi (third from the right in photo), a young hair stylist and fashion designer is one of the Buzz4Eve R12 500.00 capital seed winners in Orange Farm, and the Discovery entrepreneurship programme graduate.
She showed us the importance of perseverance, persistence and determination when she tried her luck for the third time in the pitching competition, and won.
“When I did my first pitch, I was scared but I decided to not let my fear get in the way of my success and to be confident at all costs. It was not easy to pitch but to come second made me realise that I had more to give and that I was close to reaching my goal. I decided to pitch for the last time as I really wanted to see it succeed.
I entered the pitch for the third time and this time I won. I have learned that in everything you do even if you do not make it, there is a lesson learned. I did not know I could pitch but now I know I can pitch well.
Asked what her advice would be to the next pitchers, she said: “It is not easy but do not give up no matter what happens. Believe in yourself, your dreams and mostly YOU again.”
Buzz4Eve is powered by Rhiza Babuyile, Experian and the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa.
This is Global entrepreneurship week and we kick start our Monday with our financial literacy event hosted by Martine Solomon and Noma Radebe from Africa's Got Game at our business Hub in Diepsloot.
Often entrepreneurs get carried away with the aspect of developing a product or service so much that they don't spend enough time teaching themselves about business finances.
Today our presenter, Martine Solomon business woman, financial and business educator taught our entrepreneurs about financial literacy in business: having financial goals (long and short term goals), investing money, how money is spent, budgeting and how to make financial business decisions,
Look out for more Global Entrepeneurship Week events throughout the week.
Nhlanhla Gxaleka is a young man from Orange farm who was groomed from a young age to do construction work which ended up being his passion and inspired him to start his own construction business, Gxaleka Investment Project (GIP). His business handles interior and exterior renovations, projects related to civil engineering and other construction projects.
Nhlanhla is very business minded, he was selected to participate in a business programme at Discovery where he was taught many business skills and graduated after completing the programme. He completed his short courses at Rhiza Babuyile. He studies IT, call centre, business management and he is currently on a learnership programme at Rhiza Babuyile.
Asked where he sees himself in 5 years to come he said: “Having subcontracts with big companies and suppliers”. His words of encouragement? He quoted his favourite line by Denzel Washington: “The dream will never die.”