Arthur Sithole, 32, shows that vision and an appetite for risk pays off.
Nkashi Mphahlele (28) has always known that he is an entrepreneur at heart. However, he wanted to impress his parents and studied for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Chemical Technology.
While working as an engineer at Eskom, Freddy Sibuyi had an epiphany. He wanted to provide for his family in a bigger and more meaningful way. This, he realised, was something that his job couldn’t do no matter how excellent he was at it.
Biozest is a South African energy drink sold in South Africa. By all accounts, the product is successful. But this is not what drives Sibusiso Tshabalala to work relentlessly on turning Biozest into an international product.
“It hasn’t been easy breaking into work wear because the industry is associated with risk taking, aggression, and manliness and when clients see a woman in the field, I have to work harder to convince them to do business with me, says Akona Gwele, owner of Westrand Safety.
Jackie Joseph, a former teacher, has always been an opportunist. Growing up in the small town of Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape made him realise that no matter how small or undeveloped a community is, it also has business opportunities.