‘Work hard, quietly and develop a thick skin’

Pat Duxbury knows the look that says “But you're a woman!” in the face of a client whom she meets at the start of a tour through the Kruger Park. “As a woman, you always have to prove yourself. You work hard at the beginning of a tour, and after a day or two they (the tourists) settle down and are happy with you,” says Pat, who has built up Themba Tours and Safaris over the past two decades. As the owner-manager of a guest house in Brya...
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Born teacher finds her roots the entrepreneurial way

Judy Janse van Rensburg comes from a distinguished family of teachers who can trace their lineage several generations back to the time of governesses, but she herself only lasted six months in her first teaching job. “It was the system that got to me,” says the Kempton Park based entrepreneur who has recently taken over an innovative franchise aimed at teaching children arithmetic and analytical thinking through the use of a Chinese abacus. ...
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‘Consistent persistence’ ensures survival in a land of giants

The first thing he asked me when we sat down is what my passion was and where I wanted to go. I looked at the guy and realized this was the first financier I came across who took this approach and actually wanted to hear what my vision was before getting to my balance sheet. Warren Fernandes Admadmedia It must be the sheer size of Gauteng's huge billboards that seems to warn that outdoor advertising is the preserve of the corporate heavyweights ...
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Thriving guest house group built on teaching and training

I know that with the tremendous support of my employees, clients and suppliers, and my belief that God is the "silent partner" in my business, I can adapt to any challenge Nomsa Mazibuko Visit Vakasha It is hard to tell sometimes which businesses really mean it when they say “our people are our greatest asset”, or “empowerment is what we're all about”. But with Nomsa Mazibuko, owner of the guest house business Visit Vakasha in Mpumalanga...
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Stranded patients inspire young entrepreneur to start own venture

To her surprise and relief, the small and medium-business financier [Business Partners] decided to back her business based purely on the market potential and on her experience in managing dialysis centres. Ncamisile Maphumulo Coastal Nephrology Centre The day that the health company closed down the dialysis centre where she worked as a young medical technologist in deep-rural KwaZulu-Natal, Ncamisile Maphumulo decided to start her own business on...
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