dinner

Hi CHICAs!

Are you free on Tuesday night, 30 May 2017?

Keen on having dinner with us?

CHICA would like to invite 10 of our readers to an intimate dinner hosted by Google SA in Johannesburg. The evening is for us to get together, share a good meal while chatting about our lives as women in the workplace.

So if you’d like to join us (and we hope our loyal readers will), send us an email to info@chica.co.za and if you have a CHICA username, be sure to let us know what that is.

Look forward to hearing from you 🙂

Oh, let us know by tomorrow, Friday, 26 May at 15:00.

by LeloB

Fikile Makhoba

I always keep my eyes open on the latest news, trends, gossip and casual laughs. I am happy about one discovery I made on my Twitter timeline. On a Sunday afternoon while lurking on the dramatic pages, I came across a tweet by Fikile Makhoba who was encouraging people to visit a practice should they require the services of an optometrist. I think what got me excited the most was the fact that I could recognise where the practice she was speaking about is, in the Johannesburg CBD. What later made me smile with great joy in my heart was the fact that the practice belonged to her: Fikile Makhoba Optometrist.

After discovering this awesome lady, I wanted to meet her and so I made it happen. I visited her practice at 23 Loveday Street, Johannesburg CBD. I must admit that I am a little embarrassed that I was late for our appointment, having left a previous appointment later than expected. I called her practice to let her know that I was running a bit late and asked the lady on the other side of the line to please let Fikile know that I was running on “African time”. I arrived at the empty practice, greeted the lady at reception and asked her to please let Fikile know that Keagile from Chica is here.

Fikile Makhoba

Little did I know the sweet person behind the desk was in fact Fikile. A young, chirpy and beautiful someone that was so warm and welcoming. Something very rare in South Africa with the kind of service we are exposed to daily. Just so you know, I apologised immensely for being late but Fikile was very understanding *Sigh of relief*.

Behind the Lens

We didn’t waste any time. And went straight into the interview. Not even five minutes into the conversation and we already discovered that we shared a mutual friend. That’s JO’BEKE for you!

Our optometrist is a 33-year-old lady from Spruitview who has a younger brother and has been an optometrist since 2008. Before opening her own practices (Yes, she has two), Fikile worked at a few practices and realised that that working for someone else was not for her. She completed a BTech Optometry qualification at the University of Johannesburg. She describes her course as an interesting one that she enjoyed having done 3 years of practical’s and a year of theory then moving on to do some work on the Phelophepha Train sponsored by Transnet. This is a mobile medical service that provides medical services in rural areas that do not have a lot of healthcare services available and provides members of the community with free healthcare. Having to see almost 100 patients a day, optometry was bound to become her perfected craft.

When she was ready to become her own boss, she soon went into a partnership and became a junior shareholder but later realised that the relationship was not as fulfilling as she thought it would be.

“I was doing all the work, and even with all I did, I was constantly treated as a junior. This made me realise that if I was able to run that practice on my own then I could easily be the sole owner of my own practice”

“I used to get sick thinking about going to work every day. That’s when I knew I needed to move on. Always getting rejected when applying for new jobs, I knew it was time to speak less and act more”

She admits that the optometry industry may be “saturated” however she was adamant that whatever is meant is for her will be hers.

As with many young people in SA, she struggled with red tape, unrealistic expectations from possible funders & getting business financing was a challenge. However, Fikile did not give up. She went on to successfully get a personal loan and had the assistance of her mom with a bit of extra cash to get going and this was the start of a new and happy journey.

FIkile Makhoba

There will always be challenges

Fikile does admit that being a woman in her field is not the easiest. Having two practices in the middle of Johannesburg does not make life any easier either. Having to walk between her Loveday practice and Lister Building patients, Fikile has experienced crime which has still not diverted her from her dream and passion to serve Johannesburg residents. She does feel as though stakeholders tend to take her concerns and requests lightly because she is a woman.

She has had instances where working in certain areas in Johannesburg made her feel inferior when patients who are not of colour questioned her capabilities as an optometrist as opposed to her colleagues.

Why you should walk into Fikile Makhoba Optometry

Relationship building is the core of what this intelligent and warm optometrist. She believes anyone can sell you a lens and a frame but not everyone can give you the service that makes you feel at home and happy enough to return with a referral. Having seen over one thousand patients since the opening of her practice, Fikile has surely found a home in her patient’s hearts; even those as far as KZN. She emphasises the importance of helping her patients, even when it goes beyond the basic services that an optometrist would provide for the fee that they are receiving.

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Fikile Makhoba

Love, family and fun

We chatted about her love life and Fikile is inspired by Connie & Shona Ferguson, who were on the cover of the February issue of Destiny Magazine. She loves how the pair did not take eons to decide that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with one another. Although currently single, she is sure that Mr Right will come along when God wants them to cross paths. At age 33, most people ask her when she plans on settling down and frankly, for Fiks, getting her business to reach greater heights is the relationship that she is focused on for now.

In her spare time, she has lunch with her friends, spend time with family and makes time for the odd YOLO moment; Thailand with her girls was one of those, which she spoke so highly of. In case you were wondering, she loved Bangkok more than everything else because its “RATCHET” *Giggles*.

A fun and amazing chat with a beautiful and intelligent chica. I would urge everyone reading this to visit the Fikile Makhoba Optometrist and get your eyes checked out.

“I never look at my competitors and compare my successes to theirs. They may get ten patients in a day and I only get five but for me, those patients may be more than just patients…”

By Keagile

 

Female President

Male President, Female President… Goodness. Just give me a great president!

The world has been taking in its fair share of political activity with elections underway and boy has it been interesting. I think the one thing for me as a citizen of South Africa, that has always been exciting for me in politics, has to be the verbal spats, the paid celebrities, press conferences in townships, parliament debates and random rants from political analysts in the daily papers.

The world is currently faced with the most interesting political landscape we have ever had in a while. This is coupled with empowered citizens who have become politically active, whether off or online. This is the aspect of all this activity that I am loving the most. The rise of the active citizen.

A changing landscape – Anything can happen

I need to put out a disclaimer before I go any further with this topic and just state that I am not a political analyst; just a concerned citizen who has made interesting observations about the world.

There has been so much uncertainty that has made me a true believer in “Anything is possible”. From a 3-year-old political party gaining more momentum than a fashion trend to a business mogul that has made his racist beliefs known, and has recently taken office as the U.S President and a British nation excluding themselves from one of the most beneficial relationships, calling it Brexit.

Even though things may not have been happening the way that you may have expected them to, let’s be honest; they were one of the greatest lessons.

  • Never underestimate your opponent
  • Anything you put your mind to, you can achieve

Who is the exception to “Anything is possible” though?  

I have come across so many comments and articles regarding the fact that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a possible candidate for the next presidency. Now, I know you may have your personal views on her but let’s take that hat off for a bit and just focus on the fact that she is a woman in politics who has moved up and made a name for herself worldwide. What saddens me a lot though is the fact that she is constantly called “Zuma’s ex-wife” in the media. Does she not have a name? Does she not have a work title? What would need to happen for international mainstream media to acknowledge her outside of the second part of her double barrel surname? It seems we are always having to be attached or linked to a man to gain credibility.

Having said this, I could never understand why people would question having a woman as a president. So many people have said things such as “We are not ready to have a female president”. I find that funny because we were more than ready to have a president who was accused of sexual assault, finds a parliamentary royal rumble amusing and one who compared showering post sexual intercourse with an HIV+ person to peeling onions in the kitchen and washing your hands. What a wow!

I am traditional as much as I am modern. I am of the opinion that if women have been able to occupy spaces that were created for men only before and succeed in them, then I am pretty sure we can enter the space of presidency and succeed too. From as early as 842 – 837 B.C, the likes of Athaliah led the people of Israel and Judah according to history.

“The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers” Drucker (1998 cited in Edwin 2006 p.340) – Notice how it doesn’t say someone who is a male or a female.

Female President

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t.” – Margaret Thatcher.

Another female leader who made a mark strong enough to be called the iron lady when she was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Some may not have necessarily agreed with how she led the state but nevertheless, she did. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century, and the first woman to have held the office. She was dubbed “The Iron Lady” by a journalist because of her leadership style.

Female President

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

I think looking at our own past and present situation, we can confirm that change can take a while to happen. Even though it may be said that not much change has come from having Ellen as the president of Liberia, it sure confirms that gender should not have any bearing on the selection of a nation’s number 1 citizen. Her term comes to an end in October this year and looking at Liberia’s succession options, the continent will be back to only having male leaders.

One of the quiet drivers in Liberia’s progress over the past decade, D.C.-based international strategist K. Riva Levinson, an advisor to President Sirleaf, had published an excellent behind-the-scenes book, Choosing the Hero, chronicling the country’s journey (and hers) over the past decade.

“Everything has changed. When I started working in Liberia there was war, fear and deprivation. Charles Taylor, a brutal warlord, was in control of the country. He is now at The Hague, indicted for crimes against humanity.  A generation of young people had been lost to war. Teenagers, young men and women, never given the chance to study, to learn to read or write. And then in 2005, Ellen made history as the first woman elected to lead an African nation, and peace has prevailed.

Today, Liberia has made great progress in rebuilding its infrastructure, opening schools, providing healthcare and other social services, and re-building the country’s democratic institutions. Liberia in 2016 has a vibrant press and civil society. But all that being said, progress comes slow, and not without its setbacks, like Ebola, and there will always be the challenge of keeping up with the expectations of a young and restless population.” – Forbes, 2016

She was then asked what it was like serving the people of Liberia, as women and this is what she had to say:

“President Sirleaf succeeded despite being a woman. As I explain in Choosing the Hero, everything was lined up against her when she ran for presidency in 2005 –traditional cultural beliefs about the role of women in society, bias of the regional African leaders, all men. Even the American government wrote off her candidacy. But what people did not see, and what our polling showed at the time, was that the Liberian people were tired of war. They wanted a better life for their children and they saw in Ellen, in this woman, someone who could deliver that. While there has been great progress for women’s participation in politics, Ellen remains one of only two elected women presidents on the continent of Africa. Truth is, access to money, party loyalties and party infrastructure remains largely a man’s game, and even today ambitious political women are more often scorned than celebrated.”

We just want a great president

Whether we like Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma or not, truth is, should she be in the running for presidency, I believe she deserves a fair chance at the shot. Not necessarily because she is a woman, but because her gender should NOT even be a topic of discussion in addressing her capabilities to begin with.

What are your thoughts?

By Keagi

Millennial

Millennials in the workplace – Simon Sinek

I have worked for quite a bit now and one conversation that has never gone a day without being spoken about is how lazy and demanding millennials are. Trust me when I say, this narrative is close to becoming overrated and tiring on my part. I have to admit that there are principals that the previous generation had when it comes to work ethic that we could learn from as a generation of young work-a-bees.

I am a fan on TED Talks and one TED Talk that I enjoyed watching was that by Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action: Start with why. He leaves you inspired by the end of the video. Check it out.

Inside Quest with Simon Sinek

On an episode of Inside Quest Simon tackles the topic of millennials, our behaviour and how to adapt to our way of thinking and doing things. Simon Sinek understands leadership. He combines aspects of biology and psychology, within the context of the human condition. This approach gives Simon’s insights unparalleled potency and usability. His lessons on leadership ring true, not only because he spent the better part of a decade systematically studying them, but because his transition from marketing consultant to evangelist for global change came as a result of a personal crisis.

In the video, he speaks of how we are accused of being lazy, feel entitled, tough to manage and narcissistic and that maybe it is not our fault as a generation. He states that the reason we are the way we are as a generation is due to 4 things:

  1. Parenting

He says that many millennials are victims of failed parenting strategies; being told that we are special all the time. Being told that we can have anything that we wanted. When we get into the real world, we realise that we are not actually special and neither do we get rewards for being last as we did when we received medals for “participation” in school. You can’t just have it because you want it.

  1. Technology

Because of social media, we are able to mask even the most depressing feeling that we have. The use of our phones releases a hormone called dopamine. This is why when using our phones, we feel good when sending that “Hello” text to ten friends and get a response. We feel good when we get a response. This is why we count the likes, the reason we go back and check our phones and the activity. The trauma of being unfollowed or unfriended. We struggle to form deep meaningful relationships.

  1. Impatience

He says we are obsessed with instant gratification. We don’t learn social coping mechanism. Even when we want to watch a series, we would rather binge watch than wait for the next episode. Everything we want we get instantaneously. On the other hand, job satisfaction and strength of relationships do not happen instantaneously. We graduate, start work and immediately want to reach the summit of our careers, forgetting that there is a mountain.

  1. Environment

Young people are said to be put in environments that care more about the numbers than they do the people. Companies care more about the short term gains and not so much the long term effects that these have on the young person.

He then goes on to explain how innovation takes place WITHOUT technology. Very interesting because that is how we have conditioned our minds to think innovatively; using technology.

So maybe millennials are a bit of a problematic generation but question becomes: Is it our own doing? Are you managing a group of millennials and struggling to get them to see your vision?

Watch the video and let me know what you think.

By Keagi

Mlibo

Mlibo Bashe – Art Director and Co-Founder of Le Brunch

Imagine being dolled up at a picturesque venue with champers in hand, while enjoying delicious brunch and riveting conversation with uplifting and influential Sistas to raise funds for charity.

Sounds like a dream right? Well, it doesn’t have to be thanks to Mlibo Bashe and her partner Gugu Nonjinge, the founders of a women’s only social high tea, Le Brunch. Business talk, great food, good vibes, networking, mentorship opportunities and high fashion are all on the menu at this do.  Mlibo, a full time Art Director, takes us through how she has made a side hustle out of bringing women from diverse backgrounds together, to engage and be engaged over an incredibly uplifting experience and of course, canapes.

Mlibo Bashe

What is your current main Job aka your nine-to-five? What do you do?

I work at a top retailer’s head office as a designer/art director for the Visual Merchandising department.

And your side hustle?

I am the co-founder and Project Manager for Le Brunch SA. I also freelance to help start-up companies with branding and communication.

What is it that made you take the plunge into another venture over and above your job and all the roles you play?

I will admit and say I am a workaholic, but as a designer I like the freedom of working on jobs that I choose to work on, or that I believe in. That way it does not feel like work, when passion is involved, the hours don’t matter to you, you just keep going. Sometimes you just aren’t finding that satisfaction that you are looking for in the work place and find the need create it yourself.

Totally understand. So tell us about Le Brunch.

Le Brunch is a facilitated social brunch/high tea/luncheon that engages young women from diverse backgrounds to connect, network and learn. It also aimed to raise funds for projects to support the development of the girl child, through education and mentoring. We collaborated with a couple of brands/ business run by women as well.

Mlibo Bashe

Your first event was at a very lush, gorgeous venue that people don’t usually frequent- what was the inspiration behind that?

Living in Cape Town for the past 4 years has also made me realise that tourists know our country better than we South Africans do. As a result we aim choose hidden gems for our events. Venues that the average South African wouldn’t go to any given weekend. It’s part of the whole experience of empowering, and making women from all backgrounds feel like they belong. Everyone should feel privileged enough to sit at a wine farm and have lunch sitting next to and chatting to leaders, CEO’s, women they look up to. What better way to feel motivated than to be inspired by your peers (women in your age group) that are excelling in the careers despite the hardship they have gone through?

That is incredible. I love how it is a ‘Girls-Only’ event. What was the core reason for this?

I am passionate about giving back to the development of the girl child. We live in a society where girls’ success has become dependent on the men they are with. I am a person who fiercely values my independence, and if I can help one other person be like that, then I have achieved my goal. As much as Gugu and I have different approaches, we have the same end goal in mind. We are about empowering other women, as we want to grow together, not alone. We as women love to dress up, go out and hang out together, now why not do that knowing that the money you are spending is going to a good cause?

So true. What passion points/ hobbies did you tap into to bring Le Brunch to life?  

I am a person who has always loved bringing people together. I am that one friend who always organises get-togethers. Being a creative person, planning comes naturally to me. I am also a lover of the finer things in life. I spearheaded the branding and marketing (the creative side of things) while Gugu, who has won awards for the outreach work she has done knew which charities we could collaborate with. She is great at writing and has a huge networking pool- she really stepped up to the plate. It was true teamwork, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without each other.

Mlibo Bashe

And the motivation? Was it money?

I think more than anything, passion drives this initiative. If it was about the money we would have changed our minds long ago, we have dug deep into our pockets, and will continue to do so, because we truly believe in the value of Le Brunch SA.

So true. Where on earth do you find the time? How do you keep the balance?

It’s so funny because when I started working I have always sworn I would never take work home. Rather stay in the office ‘til late and complete what you are doing. Keep work and personal life separate. But I have created work away from the office for myself now. There really is no secret, when you want something to work out, you give it your all, no excuses, the balance comes naturally, if you have supportive people in your life, instead of complaining about how busy you are, they will instead ask how they can help you out. You will always make time for the things that matter to you, we all have the same 24hrs in a day.

What is the 1 life lesson that you have learned since embarking on your new journey?

Work hard pays off.

What kind of setbacks did you have?

The main setback for us was financial. We could have done some things a little better, with more money but these were not noticeable to our guests. We planned the event without a venue- the venue only came about a month before the event.

What would you say are the 3 key important habits every side hustler should develop/ strengthen/ have?

  • Beyond 9-5 has no time limits. A side hustle will take over your life.
  • Write down a to-do list, it will help ensure that you don’t miss or forget anything.
  • The worst you can get is a ‘NO’ and that’s not the end of the world. There are many doors to knock on.

Mlibo Bashe

The 1st event has been in Cape Town. Are there plans to bring it to Joburg? What is the bigger goal for Le Brunch?

Le Brunch will grow to become quarterly event in different cities: Cape Town, Joburg, PE and Durban. These will be based on carefully selected themes and conversations that will lead to a rich, reflective and inspirational experience.

Lastly, words of advice for anyone who wishes to follow suit in the world of side-hustling?

Stop making excuses. Start with the little you have and grow naturally from there. If we had waited for some investor, or to save enough capital (what is enough anyway) we would still be waiting. We did it, so can you!

The End.

Watch out for more updates from Le Brunch and catch up with Mlibo on Social Media –> @mlibo

By Lerato

Boston Media House Bursary

Are you a black female who has dreams of pursuing a career in the media industry? Do you have a matric qualification but need and edge to break into the world of Public Relations, Journalism, Radio or Advertising?  If this sounds like you, CHICA is giving you the chance to win a bursary towards tuition at Boston Media House to the value of R 130, 000.

The bursary is for a 3 year Diploma in Media Practices at any Boston Media House, a qualification aimed at equipping you to explore a career in the following fields:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Radio/ Sound Engineering
  • Video & Television

(*qualifications dependent on the specialization chosen).

The minimum entry requirements for this bursary are:

  • Must be a black female,
  • Must have a matric qualification:
    • National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English as one of the subjects passed and with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or
    • National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English as one of the subjects passed and with endorsement for admission to Diploma study. (Please advise if any other certification applies).
  • Have an interest/ passion for any of the above mentioned career options.
  • Must be starting the Diploma from 1st year- the bursary is not to be used for the completion of an existing course.

How to enter:

All you have to do is download the application form below, fill it in as best you can and submit it together with your matric results to competitions@chica.co.za . Entries open on 9th January and close on 20th January 2017; the winner will be announced by 27th January.

GoodLuck!

Application form :  Chica Boston Media Bursary Giveaway Application Form

Boston Media House Bursary

Please note the following Terms and Conditions:

  • This bursary is valid for redemption up to and including 28 February 2017 and is NOT redeemable for cash.
  • Bursary excludes the Boston Media House registration fee.
  • Value of the bursary is strictly towards tuition at Media House for the total value of R130, 000 only.

Please visit http://www.boston.co.za/media-house/ for more information.

  • This bursary is only valid for new registrations and may not be redeemed against existing studies at Boston Media House.
  • Redemption of this bursary is only valid at Boston Media House.
  • The bursary can be used against the 1st year of a 3 year diploma. The fees for the 2nd and 3rd year studies will be covered based on positive 1st year results, and at the discretion of the branch manager.
  • Should the learner wish to complete the degree, based on meeting the entry requirements, they may transfer this bursary to degree studies and pay in the difference in any outstanding fees, including pay for the fourth year of studies.
  • The learner agrees to abide by all rules and regulations as set out in the learner rule book provided by the campus. Should the learner not abide by these rules, in any manner whatsoever, the campus may rescind this bursary with immediate effect. No plea may be entered into.

 

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Financial Freedom made easy through Forex Trading With Nelisiwe Masango

With a passion for financial markets and investment, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. I met Nelisiwe Masango in one of her workshops she held at the Sandton Convention Centre about a month ago. Her aim is to transform ordinary people to millionaires through Forex Trading. Yes, she owns and runs her own company called Bear Run Investment. Her passion for financial markets and investment makes her a trailblazer and a force to be reckoned with.

This is what the now 25 years old had to say:

1. Please tell us about your childhood. What type of child were you growing up and what was your passion?

I was fortunate enough to have a great upbringing in an environment that encouraged me to succeed in everything that I do. Academics were always first preference as I was always in the top 10 if not number 1 in the grade. I was an all-rounder, participating in cultural activities and some sports. I wasn’t the best athlete but I always managed to stay on the A/first team. I did incredibly well in dramatic arts as it went together with my flamboyant personality. Above all else, people were my passion. When you’re popular in school and get along with everyone you start to become empathetic and can relate very easily to the next person. This quality has been one of my strengths in business today.

2. What was your career choice after you matriculated?

As much as I thought of being a doctor and practicing neurology, the entrepreneur bug was always embedded within me so venturing into business both academically and practically was my end goal.

3. You are now Founder and CEO of Bear Run Investment, how did that come about?

Bear Run Investments isn’t my first or only business but it is my most successful one to date. BRI was conceived from a place of wanting to help others learn more about their finances without having to rely on advisors or their spouses. I taught myself all about trading and investing and saw a great opportunity in imparting such information to the next person. To date, we have very successful traders that have trained through Bear Run Investments and I’m proud to say that we are the most well branded, reliable and efficient forex training company.

4. There must have been obstacles along your way, can you please talk us through those and how you overcame them?

As any entrepreneur would know, finances plays a significant role in a new business. I didn’t have anything in the beginning but learnt something so important “live below your means”. This lesson taught me to respect money as if it were a person. One needs to understand money to be able to make it. Making money is only the first step to success. You need to then multiply it and also diverse your business interests which is why I started a residential recruitment company called ND Group Inc and a female empowering organisation called FeFine (which stands for Females with Finance)

5. You are known to be the First Lady of Forex, please tell us briefly what Forex is and what attracted you to Forex trading?

I was given this nickname by clients and people who have attended our seminars. Most people have never come across a woman that can handle her finances let alone teach others to do the same so I think that’s where it spiralled from. The finance industry is dominated by men so when a young ambitious and successful woman comes along, people stop and stare. I started trading on the derivatives market once I had a good understanding of the equities market but the best thing about trading forex is that there are no limitations. Forex doesn’t care what race you are, what your qualifications are and most importantly if the markets are going up or down. Forex trading is the best way to capitalize on a weaken economy in the same way that you’d capitalize on a volatile market. Either way, money can be generated from the comfort of your home in both bull and bear markets.

6. If you had an opportunity to start your career journey over again, is there anything you would do differently?

I’ve come to learn that everything has its own timing and even if the road may change direction God makes all paths straight. If it’s meant to be it shall come to pass, therefore, I’m satisfied with how everything turned out.

7. What is your leadership philosophy?

I was elected by my peers to be part of various school leadership committees. I’ve learnt that a leader leads by example. You cannot be a contradiction to your principles and teaches, you also cannot expect the very things that you cannot fulfil. Leadership is often overlooked but is the driving mechanism in our society.

8. Do you personally mentor anyone, if yes, what is your take on mentorship?

Mentorship in all areas of life plays a big role in building a person’s confidence and character. FeFine mentor’s young girls, to promote confidence within and to also teach them that success is not found in any man, neither are material objects. In this life, if you want something you need to work for it. Bear Run Investments offers a forex trading mentorship program called the “Millionaire Trader Mentorship” where we take on clients who have never traded before and turn them into trading maestros. I oversee all mentorship programs and interact with all our girls and clients but at this stage I don’t personally mentor anyone yet.

9. What do you do in your spare time to relax?

That’s a tough one to answer because I hardly ever relax. Running three business is very demanding and I can admit to being a workaholic. Now and again I try to squeeze in some time to treat myself to some pampering either a facial or a lovely massage with some champagne.

10. What drives you?

Being the best that I can be is the only thing that drives me. I compete with the future me that is much smarter and successful than I am today. The future Nelisiwe is my biggest and only competition as she keeps me driven, focused and striving for greater heights.

11. You’ve done a lot in your career journey, what is next for you?

We have an amazing event taking place on 19 November 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre from 12h00 -15h00. This event is presented by FeFine (Females with Finance) and will be only for women. Women of all ages, races and social backgrounds are welcome to attend. The theme is Beyonces “Formation” so everyone needs to dress according to the theme. We will touch base on how women can achieve financial independence through entrepreneurship, investing and trading. It’s more of a “get your finances in formation” type of event. They can reserve a seat by sending an email to: info@femalesiwithfinance.com

12. Briefly tell us how do people get hold of you if they want start with Forex Trading classes and what are the benefits if they register with Bear Run Investment?

As mentioned previously, Bear Run Investments has been featured on many platforms such as CNBC Africa, Metro FM, Power FM, Cliff Central, SABC 1, eNCA and the Santam 1001 Days campaign just to name a few. We are the one of the very few training companies to receive such great publicity and client feedback. All our clients do exceptionally well once they’ve completed our training program and all results and testimonials posted are of our existing clientele.

FeFine will be hosting a seminar on Financial Freedom for Women on Saturday, 19 November 2016 from 12pm to 3pm at the Sandton Convention Centre. Entrance to this opportunity to empower yourself is free of charge.

For all the lovely ladies that would like to be a FeFine member or attend the event they can email the ladies: info@femaleswithfinance.com, visit the website: www.femaleswithfinance.com, like their Facebook page: Female With Finance and follow them on Twitter: @FeFine_BRI. Nelisiwe herself is also on Twitter and Instagram, both: @bri_nelisiwe.

Anyone keen on trading forex can email the team: info@bearruninvestments.co.za , visit their website: www.bearruninvestments.co.za and like their Facebook page: Bear Run Investments. They are @BearRun_Invest on Twitter and can be found on 0115133108.

Pearl Nokubonga Dlamini

Meet Nokubonga Pearl Dlamini, a CHICA who left the comfort of her 9-to-5 to turn both of her side hustles into full time ventures after only 8 month’s work experience. Now, she is the owner of PYT Protect (on the side) and co-founder of Circumfort -an innovative award winning medical invention geared to catalyse healing from circumcision. Circumfort received 1st prize in the Gauteng Accelerator Programme with the Innovation Hub which saw Nokubonga and her partners (Musa Morgan and Lwazi Ntshangase) receive R200, 000 in funding which opened them up to a whole new world of opportunity. Her journey disproves the notion that one ought to work for numerous years and save up a lot of capital before finally being able to start their own business. This is her story.

So what do you do? What are your hustles?

I am the Chief Operations Officer for Circumfort and founder of PYT Protect.

Tell us about side-turned-full-time hustle. 

Circumfort is an innovative medical device that helps with the healing process of circumcision.  I supply Pepper Spray through Pretty Young Thing Protect.

Nice. What was the business idea or opportunity that you identified in starting Circumfort?

This was based on my partner’s experience of circumcision and its painful healing process. Knowing how other men go through the same struggle gave him the idea to invent a device that alleviated this. He would always ask me for medical advice that would inform how the product needed to be. From that we decided to collaborate and then turn Circumfort into a business.

Cool. And PYT?

The fear that we as women tend to have because of the things that happen on a daily basis- be it rape, getting mugged or any form of potential assault. I tapped into the fear that I, as a woman, have and found that it resonated with other women. This is just my way of helping out.

Nice! So what was the motivation? What was the core reason that you decided to pursue business and make your own money from these opportunities?

Because I did not want to work for someone. The lifestyle that I envision for myself doesn’t include a 9-to-5. I pictured my life in a way that it seemed a 9 to 5 did not allow for.  Business seemed to be the solution.

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So more flexibility and freedom?

Exactly. I wanted to be liberated and do what I wanted to when and how I wanted to do it.

Have you ever had a 9-to-5?

Yes, I have *giggles*. It didn’t last. I was working as an international liaison in customer services. I worked there for 8 months, I was not happy.

Why were you not happy? Because you did not have this freedom?

Yes. I also wanted to feel like I was really accomplishing something with my time but I didn’t at my job. The money was not even worth it, which is why I can’t even say going into business was about the money. I think it was the passion. It sounds very cliché but honestly if you’re going somewhere every day and doing something and you’re not motivated and you don’t feel like you are learning or are challenged, then the money is never worth it.

And so you discovered that the 9 to 5 life was not for you after getting a qualification and getting a job?  Is that where it started?

Definitely. There are so many rules regarding the path you need to follow: go to school, get a job etc. I feel like my life has been turned upside down through business and innovation. And I think that for us to look at just one way to do it, is so narrow minded of us.

Groupthink dictates that one ought to work for a certain number of years and then take the plunge. What is it that made you take the plunge when you only had 8 months’ work experience?

One of the mistakes that I made was thinking that I needed a lot of money to start a business. The initial plan was for me to work for my company for a number of years, get the experience, save up lots of money and only then start my own business. I realised that I could potentially end up working for so many years. Business is about opportunities; this opportunity wasn’t going to be around after all those years of working.

I started working on both hustles before I quit my job. Once the businesses started taking up more and more of my time, I quit.

That must’ve been quite an adjustment.

Going into entrepreneurship is definitely a big change and it is not easy at all. For months, I didn’t have money, it sucked. Sometimes, I felt so behind because all my peers were working and buying cars and even property. But you definitely have to have faith in yourself and what you doing and keep pushing.  You want to do what everyone else is doing but I had to keep reminding myself not to get into that trap.

Wow, that’s incredible. How is business going?

Great. After starting out in a bedroom in Soweto, we have offices now. We are also on the verge of getting a contract with the Department of Health. We’re getting large orders and calls from Namibia and Botswana- that is a big deal. People know about the product and they want it. We have also been on Kaya FM and Morning Live.

Right now there are very few of us because we are starting out but I manage the PR, marketing and I’m also doing the manufacturing and production. We have titles and roles but because we are starting out, we’re all hands on deck. If we need something, we do it. There is no “sorry, I’m not doing that because I’m this’. Until we can hire people and develop a proper governance structure that’s how we’re doing everything.   

Go, girl! What do you think has made you fail proof so far?

We have been getting a lot of support especially from government linked initiaves that support young SMEs and entrepreneurs.  Technology innovation agency that took me to London as part of a government funding programs. We have received mentorship, incubation. We have had great support just from them seeing the potential from our product. London- fellowship for innovation and mentorship. We had great support because of the strength of the idea. We have had huge networking opportunities.

What is the 1 life lesson that you have learned since embarking on your new journey?

Be patient.

What would you say are tips that every Chica on the Hustle should hold onto?

  • Be consistent, focus and be disciplined.
  • Remember it’s not about money, especially in the beginning.
  • Be mentally ready! Be prepared for the sacrifices that you will need to make.
  • Have faith in yourself and what you doing and keep pushing

To make any pepper spray orders, you can call:

Msdlamini7@gmail.com

To make any enquiries or orders on Circumfort:

info@circumfort.co.za

By Lerato

Andza

When we were working behind the scenes to launch CHICA with the ladies, we started putting out some teasers. We requested help from some of the Chica’s online and boy was it awesome. Came across amazing ladies who wanted to be a part of a journey that they didn’t even know was taking them to. They knew something was coming but they just didn’t know what. And this just made it even more special. One of these ladies, goes by the name of Anza Arthurlia Ndwambi (@Katozika11).

Who is Anza?

It is through Chica that I got to know this awesome young lady. Funny, sometimes spicy but very inspirational. A God fearing 23-year-old, I think Anza has done very well for herself. I had to get to know this lovely lady who has embarked on a route of entrepreneurship while continuing to pursue growth in the corporate world. How fearless!

“I grew up in a very loving environment, around two parents who love and adore each other, and they still do even after 36 years of marriage. A family of Christians. We believe and put our trust in the Lord Almighty in all we do. I went to the best schools, my parents made sure I got proper education. I never lacked as a child and for that I am grateful to God and my parents.” Anza shares.

Anza is proudly Venda and is from a small Village called Tshivhulana. She’s currently working full time as a Draughtsman at MCT Telecommunications and also running a part time events and décor company.

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When did it all begin?

Anza’s business was established in December 2015. “As a girl I was always fascinated about weddings. I used to watch a lot of “Who’s wedding is it anyway” and I think that’s where I fell in love with decorating and coordinating events. I just have so much passion for all the glitz and glam and the behind scenes of weddings, bridal showers and baby showers (Or any event for that matter).”

In my personal experience, I remember starting a business in 2012 and not being able to cope due to lack of resources and support as I was a full time student and so was my business partner. More and more people are proving that it is quite possible to juggle having a career and starting a business. I wanted to know how Anza did it:

“Starting a business is not easy. It has really taught me patience. Lol I wasn’t a patient person before, but I think I am becoming more patient by the day. I started this business last year in December. I posted an Ad on Gumtree and OLX, advertising that “I Hire out Tiffany chairs and I also do Decorations for any Events“, within hours, people were responding to my ad and calling for bookings.

Remember, I didn’t even have any picture to showcase my work. I then decided to go buy 50 Tiffany chairs, 5 rectangular tables and 5 table cloths. I started hiring out the stuff before I could decorate for someone. It took 4 months for me to have a client. My company is now 10 months old and It has grown in a small amount of time. I have managed to get into join ventures with companies who help by outsourcing me for equipment and helping with decorating or coordinating the event.

The business now specializes in wedding decor, bridal or baby shower decor, dinner parties or graduation parties.” She tells us.

The reality – challenges as an entrepreneur (And employee)

My biggest challenge as an entrepreneur now is managing time. As I stated above I do have a full time job, Monday to Friday. I really struggle sometimes to juggle clients during the day because I am at work and during working hours I should be focused on what I get paid for. As an entrepreneur I have learned that time is something clients value. I always say it’s better a client is late than the service provider. I must say I am trying to make an effort to manage my time.

My advice is if you want to be in the same events and decor business, you should be passionate and in love with it. You should always put your clients first and make sure their needs are met. Be creative and always ready to come up with new ideas, always keep up with what’s trending. And lastly be patient. It takes time to build up a business/brand. You can go weeks and months without any business but that doesn’t mean you should stop. I didn’t stop. I kept on going and I think my patience is paying off.”

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Facts about Anza

Best Childhood memory?

My favourite childhood memory? Taking a bath with my two older sisters. The conversations would have inside that bathtub lol, I even laugh now thinking about it that we ever fitted in the bathtub lol.

Favourite thing to do in your spare time?

I am a lover of food, I enjoy going out for lunch and just having my favourite dishes such as pizza, sushi or steak with a glass of any virgin cocktail. I have also developed an interest in books. Just bought my first book and it’s by Joyce Meyer “The Successful Woman”, and I must say it is moulding me to be the woman who puts her trust in nothing but God.

Favourite song?

My fav song now is Fill me up by stash Cobbs

Favourite quote?

To love one another, love should reign in our hearts

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A Chica you look up to?

Professionally, I look up to Bonang. I might not know her personally but she inspires me. Her work ethic keep me going. The fact that she juggles so many jobs and still manages to succeed in everything she does keeps me going. I am currently juggling two jobs and I must say that’s not an easy task.

If you want to get in touch with Anza for your next event, you can get a hold of her on the following platforms:

Instagram Page: @mphephueventsnhire

Twitter: @mphephevntsnhir 

We just LOVE Chicas who are in charge!

By Keagi

Baleseng Dlamini

Today, we salute an incredible woman who has made quite the name for herself in the dynamic world of advertising & media. Baleseng Dlamini currently spearheads the advertising and research strategy for four big channels on DSTV- Fox, Fox Life, National Geographic and National Geographic Wild. Beautiful, humble, endearing and inspiring only the touch the surface when it comes to describing this powerhouse of a woman, who I personally look up to. This is her story:

Please tell us about your childhood and what you wanted to be when you were growing up?

Baleseng: My younger brother and I were brought up by our father after our mom passed away when I was just 8 years old.  He later remarried when I was in my teens.  I was the typical daddy’s girl, but also extremely over-protective of my younger brother. Though nobody imposed it on me, I felt responsible for him, felt the need to fill the void left by our late mother.  I was very independent and by the time I was 19, I had moved out of home and juggling school and work. Like any other kid, I changed my mind a few times about what I wanted to be when I grow up.  I wanted to be a social worker, then a doctor, then a lawyer before getting into marketing

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What was your career choice after you matriculated and did things go your way while furthering your studies? 

Baleseng: I entered the marketing world by pure chance.  I had taken a gap year, and one day whilst chilling at home watching an episode of Take5, they were talking about marketing as a career choice.  I thought ‘I can do that’.  So I went and enrolled for a Marketing Management course.  I have been in the industry since then and have never looked back.

You are now Head of Advertising & Research at FNG Africa, how did that come about? Take us through your journey.

 Baleseng: I was 20 years old and in my second year of study, doing odd jobs to support myself when I was ‘discovered’ by the MD of the now-defunct, Penta Publications, when he went to see a movie at Cinema Prive where I worked.  He said he saw potential in me and offered me a job as an advertising sales executive for one of their publications, Tribute magazine.  It was a 3 month trial contract, and the condition was that I had to generate advertising revenue every month in order to earn a salary. 

I did not have a car to get around, so used to take taxis to go see clients.  It was tough and tenacity got me through those early days.  I was determined to make it a success, after all I had moved my whole life from Pretoria to Johannesburg, so could not afford to fail.  I went on to become the star advertising sales executive, and was promoted to supervisor level within 6 months.  A year later I was poached by the SABC, where I worked my way up and after 5 and a half years and 3 promotions later, I left as Sponsorship Manager for SABC Sport in 2008. 

Some of my best years in advertising were spent at the public broadcaster.  I went on to have a short stint at media advertising agency, Mindshare, as Business Unit Director on some big global brands before I was once again head-hunted, this time for the Content Distribution Manager position at M-Net.  This was a break from advertising but still in the sales and marketing sphere, and the experience there exposed me to working in the rest of Africa, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  But 2 years later the advertising bug hit again when I got the call to head up the mass market newspapers at Ads24, the commercial division of Media24. 

I spent 3 and a half years there as Business Manager: Mass Market newspapers and had a lot of fun working on the biggest daily newspaper in the country, Daily Sun, as well as Ilanga titles in KZN and Son titles in the W. Cape.  I missed television though, so when the call came for me to head up the team at DSTV Media Sales selling advertising into the rest of Africa, I took the plunge.  I found myself travelling the continent once again, and doing trans-border deals, which further cemented my love affair with Africa.  It was during my time at Multichoice that I started dealing with international channels.  Fox Networks Group was looking to localise their content and planning to launch a pan-African channel, so were looking for talent that had experience working in international markets.  Initially when the offer was made, I wasn’t too keen as I had my doubts about an international channel ‘Africanising’ their content, but when they shared their plans with me, I decided that the challenge was one I was happy to take on, so 3 months into the job, here I am.

That is incredible. How would you describe what you do in your role to a 5 year old? 

Baleseng: My job is to manage the relationship with DSTV, who are responsible for generating revenue on our channels, by offering brand knowledge, monitoring advertising revenue and reporting it to the bosses in the UK and US, identifying and sourcing new revenue streams, developing strategic ways to manage and grow the business and ensuring successful execution of advertising campaigns from beginning to end.  I also oversee the initiation, dissemination and distribution of research data internally.  Then lastly I develop and execute all trade marketing strategies and programs across the 4 brands on the DSTV platform i.e. Fox, Fox Life, National Geographic and national Geographic Wild.

What obstacles have come your way? Especially as a (black) woman in the male dominated industry of advertising?

Baleseng: The media owner side of advertising is actually dominated by women.  I started very young in this industry, so my biggest obstacle in those early years was dealing with chauvinistic male clients.  I found that extremely overwhelming.  I also found that people thought I had nothing to offer purely based on the fact that I was young, so I started dressing older and power-dressing to be taken seriously. 

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How can aspiring females enter the industry?

Baleseng: Competition is quite steep now compared to when I started out.  There are more skilled females playing in this space, so one would need to equip themselves through education and a real passion for the industry in order to succeed.  Also, don’t just focus on the media owner side of advertising, there are many options like advertising agencies as well as clients, who are becoming more sophisticated in their media buying and often employ media people to manage that side of the business.  It is exciting, but be ready to work hard.  Some people perceive the industry as glamorous, and yes, there are elements of that if you consider the number of events one has to attend as well as the travelling, but back at the ranch, there’s lots of hard work to do which is totally un-glamorous

What is your greatest accomplishment/ achievement in your career?

Baleseng: I have won a few awards during my career, but my greatest achievement is when people tell me I have inspired them.  It still gets me every time – I cannot believe that little old me has an impact on other people’s lives.  I do what I do because I love it, not for the accolades, I never imagined that it would influence other people.

If you had an opportunity to start your career journey over again, is there anything you would do differently?

Baleseng: Absolutely nothing!  I have come across ups and downs during this journey, and I am grateful for the experiences and learnings

What is your definition of success? Have you reached it?

Baleseng: Success is doing what you love and excelling at it.  I work hard towards achieving the latter part every day.  I believe that financial and career growth gains are a bi-product of doing what I love, not a measure of success. 

What is your leadership philosophy? 

Baleseng: I believe that the measure of a great leader is the development of people.  I strive to do this with every single team I’ve worked with.

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Who has supported you in your career journey? Did you have a mentor or a coach?

Baleseng: My support base comes in the form of my husband, he is my biggest cheerleader.  I do have mentors but I just find that with our busy schedules, it is not always possible to engage on a regular basis.  But they are available for me when I need them

Do you personally mentor anyone, and what is your take on mentorship?

Baleseng: I believe mentorship is important as one can’t achieve success on their own.  Most of us went through some sort of informal mentorship at some stage in our lives, in order to get to where we are.  I don’t have a formal mentorship program with anyone, but I always try to upskill and inspire with every team I’ve worked with. 

What are your passions, hobbies & interests? How do you ensure that you have a healthy work live balance?

Baleseng: I think work-life balance is an illusion.  Raising 2 young boys is challenging enough, add to that a demanding job and school and your work is cut out for you.  I don’t go out much, rather enjoy the comfort of my couch reading autobiographies and fiction to relax, then of course shopping is a girl’s best friend.

You’ve done a lot in your career journey, what is next for you?

Baleseng: I would like to continue working in international markets, and possibly being based in another country.  Marketing is my passion, so whichever country I find myself in, I will definitely be marketing something.

Hope you are as inspired as I am, CHICAs.

By Lerato