Entrepreneurship isn't easy, and the current harsh economic climate in South Africa makes it doubly difficult.
This year, Briefly.co.za covered numerous stories of inspiring South Africans who overcame the odds to become successful entrepreneurs. We recap five of them below.
1. Khosi Jayiya and Sikhona Cooperative
Five entrepreneurial ladies in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, teamed up to form a successful company called Sikhona Cooperative.
Their business manufactures school uniforms and ethnic wear for children. The company's managing director, Khosi Jayiya, said:
We started as a small business but now we have grown and own a factory. Our goal is to have a vibrant and successful business that contributes to the development of our community.
2. Refiloe Khobane
Refiloe Khobane founded Ovazania, an accessories brand that is making waves in Australia.
Ovazania creates handcrafted, African-inspired jewellery pieces and is being stocked across Australia.
Refiloe's designs draw inspiration from Ndebele geometric patterns and traditional Zulu elements as well. The Katlehong-born designer said:
As a black woman, I feel proud to have been able to create a product that not only celebrates my heritage, but one that also contributes to the modern African aesthetic on a global scale, while still upholding the timeless beauty of our traditional aesthetics.
3. Chaz Jojo Ngaka
Chaz is an ambitious South African entrepreneur ditched her IT degree to start a successful venture in the fashion industry. She founded Kala Lifestyle about 10 years ago.
It is now a notable brand in the local fashion industry. Chaz has supplied clothing items for major retailers such as Edcon, Jet, and Soviet.
4. Simphiwe Mbangi
Simphiwe went from being a car salesman to being owner of a successful fashion design company called Bundu Hide.
His company designs and manufactures laptop bags and other accessories. It mostly uses denim and leather.
His entrepreneurial journey started in 2016 when he noticed that there were hardly any laptop bags by local designers being sold in major stores.
5. Snikiwe Xaba
16-year-old Snikiwe comes from a poor background and her parents have been unemployed for a long time. She even sold sweets in primary school to help her family make ends meet.
However, the KwaZulu-Natal-based girl overcame the odds and started her own skincare business despite being still in school. Her skincare brand is known as Natural:Me®.
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