- A woman has proven that hard work conquers everything
- She went from being a domestic worker to a businesswoman
- She hopes to open up opportunities for others
Francine Zana was born into a modest family in Port Elizabeth and wanted to pursue a career in business. After enrolling for studies, she had to drop out due to financial difficulties after her second year.
She went to work as a domestic worker and through sheer determination and personal drive, worked her way to a management position in the hospitality industry.
She is currently the managing director and owner of Exclusive Hospitality Concepts, a company which specialises in the interests of private homes and established hospitality establishments.
She holds 15 years' worth of experience in the industry, having worked as a cleaner, room attendant, receptionist and now in management.
Zana is a current holder of a National Lilizela Tourism Award 2017 in Tte Minister’s Award Category, which was awarded to her by the Ministry of Tourism for her contribution to the tourism industry. She is also the winner of a Standard Bank Top woman in the Eastern Cape Region; she was also Awarded Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship by CEWENA She is also a Service Excellence Ambassador in the Eastern Cape Province.
She has founded her own Hotel organic amenity range: Organic Amenities by Francine. She is also a founder of Celebrating Woman in Hospitality Gala Dinner/Awards, an event that aims to recognise and honour the people who makes the industry the success that it is today.
The hardworking woman hopes to create employment opportunities for the many unemployed in the country and is working on creating programmes to facilitate that.
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