It's no secret that the South African economy faced difficult times in 2019. However, a handful of people took matters into their own hands and not only created work for themselves, but for others as well.
The year is almost at its end and we decided to reflect on the good that has happened over the past 12 months.
Briefly.co.za took a look at five inspiring stories from people who started their own businesses - some of whom came from nothing yet still managed to built an empire.
1. From homeless man to successful business owner, meet Tebogo Mabye
Tebogo Mabye, who prefers to be known as Tebza, has a story that is sure to inspire many. He grew up living in shelters in Hillbrow as he and his mother were homeless.
Through all the struggles he faced throughout life, he had a dream to someday open up his own coffee shop so that he could be able to inspire the youth and kids in Hillbrow to go out and reach for their dreams.
Tebza has now opened his coffee shop and paid homage to his hometown by calling it the ‘Hillbrewed Coffee Co’. His dream was finally alive and thriving. But the business was quiet, and things were difficult.
2. Female farmer takes neglected vineyard, makes it successful business
A couple of years ago, Tebogo Ditsebe was running a struggling consultancy training firm when a farmer offered to sell his farm in Jacobsdal, Free State, to her.
Ditsebe said she did not hesitate to take him up on his offer and she approached the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to help with funding.
She has since managed to turn the farm into a thriving success and even launched her own wine brand.
3. Little entrepreneur, 7, becomes kids' superhero with genius business
The son of businessman Collen Mashawana inspired us when he started his own business at only seven years of age.
Mashawana said his son, Prince, developed a "business model through his own company that produces animated short stories and comic books".
Through his company, the seven-year-old created a superhero called Supermash. The character aims to inspire other kids by helping them with their growth and development.
4. Entrepreneur and Wits student inspires Mzansi with food truck business
Taking her future into her own hands, second-year student, Uyathembeka Moyo, opened her own catering company and food truck, Halisi Catering. The University of Witwatersrand student took to social media to proudly share her new enterprise.
5. Gogo's hustle: Woman's brick business applauded on social media
Times are tough and unemployment is at an all-time high. However, while many sit and wait for an opportunity to fall into their laps, one lady decided to take matters into her own hands.
On Thursday, social media user Sese, who goes by the Twitter handle @SesethuGift, shared the story of a lady who makes and sells bricks with the help of her hubby.
"If you're around Engcobo, Mthatha and other nearby places. There's a lady who makes bricks with the help of her husband, she's also a supplier of warehouses Engcobo, she sells the bricks for only R1.10c each. Please let's support her business. Ngu MaBhayi umyeni wakhe ngu Mchenge," the post read.
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