- Ann Malinga is the founder of Blaque Petals, a luxury floral brand
- Her business supplies exotic flowers to clients across South Africa and Namibia
- It employs 13 people and Ann wants to expand it further
Ann Malinga is spreading the love — and minting plenty of cash — with her luxury floral brand Blaque Petals.
The widow of the late singer Robbie Malinga started her exotic flower business in 2015, SowetanLIVE reports.
It supplies exquisite flowers to clients across South Africa and neighbouring Namibia, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Ann is a specialist floral designer and stylist. Her target market includes weddings, funerals, studio flowers, gifting, events, and corporate functions.
Her business has grown immensely in just a short time. It now employs a total of 13 people in branches located in Germiston, Cape Town, and Windhoek.
Ann said after quitting her corporate job in 2001 to look after her kids, she realised she had to "start my own thing." She used her savings to start the venture, which imports roses from Kenya.
The 40-year-old entrepreneur now wants to expand Blaque Petals so it has a broader national footprint:
I'm planning to go national as soon as I get funding. The growth has been hampered by the death of my husband. I'm still in mourning.
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