It is this business philosophy that has seen Angelique Smith thrive as an entrepreneur for nearly two decades.
Angelique is co-owner of Event Synthesis, an event and project management company and promotional and corporate gifting specialists. She is also co-owner of Just Dream, which provides business development and life coaching services, and a motivational speaker and emcee.
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After matriculating, Angelique started her professional career at a local fast food chain, where she swiftly worked her way up from an entry-level position to running the operations department. However, as a competitive ballroom, Latin American and freestyle dancer from a young age, she had a dream of owning her own dance studio. Her journey as an entrepreneur started when she opened a studio with a partner in 2001.
Angelique has excelled at being flexible and identifying opportunities as they arise – key traits of a successful entrepreneur. She is also dedicated to uplifting others and helping them realise their potential.
As her dance studio kept growing, it called for her to coordinate more and more events. From this, her event management company was born.
Event Synthesis was one of the first to fill the gap in the niche market for dance competition management specialists. Angelique has used her experience of more than two decades in the dance industry to build a reputation for professional and well-organised events. Thanks to its impeccable reputation, her company now manages some of the country’s largest sporting competitions.
Event Synthesis also coordinates weddings, golf days, parties, functions, corporate events and Health and Safety Files as Angelique is also a Health and Safety Officer.
Events enable Angelique to provide temporary employment and skills development opportunities to varying numbers of people, depending on the scale of the event.
Angelique has achieved some of her greatest successes in 2019. She was nominated for the National Small Business Awards, won the bronze award in the Micro Business division at the FNB ROCCI Business of the year awards as well as being awarded as a Top 40 woman in MICE. Angelique has also recently been nominated as a member of the PCO Alliance Network which is an elite group of PCO’s in JHB.
Her greatest motivation is making her family proud. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two girls, aged 14 months and seven years. She credits the support of her husband, Adrian, both professionally and in their family life, as invaluable to her success.
Anita Jack was an experienced Marketing professional until she became very ill in 2012. Through her journey of recovery, she discovered her passion for helping others lead a healthy and fulfilled life. Since then, Anita has qualified as a Kinesiologist, a Master Life and Business Coach, and an Exercise Specialist.
Anita is passionate about wellness, not only physical wellness though, but holistic wellness. Holistic wellness encompasses body, mind, career, relationships, family, finance, and even spirituality. As all these aspects are important to a person’s well-being. She thrives on empowering and elevating people to reach their full potential in all areas of their lives.
Anita is a member of the Association of Specialised Kinesiologists of South Africa, a member of the International Coach Federation, a member of MENSA, and an Ambassador for Business Networking International.
Anita has developed a variety of talks and workshops on topics related to holistic wellness and self-discovery, to help you unlock your full potential and live your best life.
Anita is also one of the Woman of Stature “Impact Circle” trainers.
Contact Anita for a keynote presentation, an informal talk, a tailor-made workshop to meet your company’s objectives, or even a fun team building workshop for your staff.
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I am Ayanda Mafuleka, and I am 37 years of age. I hail from the most beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal; I was born in Umlazi, south of Durban.
"I am very passionate about woman empowerment. I am where I am today because of the women who believed and invested in me. I surround myself with women who pushed me to achieve and I spent time reading about other women who are ‘woman of substance and stature’ in their own right like Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, Lesego Sennelo, Nonkululeko Gobodo, Nonhlanhla Khumalo, and Dr Judy Dlamini. I always strive to do the same for other women who come after me. I mentor young and old women in and outside my team as much as I can.
“What the mind conceives, it can achieve”
After I matriculated and I studied for a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Accounting at UKZN. After graduating with a BCom degree, I started my career in Finance working at Transnet, for various business units namely, Spoornet as Professional Officer, National Ports Authority as Finance Reporting Manager, and Transtel, as Accounts Manager. I then joined Sunflower Housing Company, social housing company of Anglo Platinum as Management Accountant where I was responsible for establishing the finance department. I then joined the South African Post Office, as Senior Financial Manager. Whilst working I was studying towards BCom Honours (CTA) to pursue a qualification in Chartered Accountancy (CA). I resigned to join the National Treasury to complete CA articles and I qualified in 2012. After qualifying as a CA, I worked for the Department of Home Affairs as Director: Finance, after 3 years joined Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo and GM: Finance. In 2014 at a tender age of 34 years I was appointed by the National Credit Regulator (NCR) as CFO. With effect from 1 February 2018 I was appointed as the CFO of African Exploration, Mining and Finance Corporation SOC Ltd.
Throughout my career of 15 years in finance, I have always strived to leave a mark and I have left legacies of clean audits, sound financial management of turning around an entity from a deficit to a surplus position, put in effective processes and controls as well as governance structures. I always lead A-teams and I make sure that I excel in my area of expertise.
During my tenure at the NCR I started quarterly ‘Tea with the CFO’ sessions where we tackle women issues enjoy empowering my colleagues in financial and budget related issues. I still keep up to date and contribute in academia through marking assignments for a particular university. Throughout the years I have been associated with organisations such as African Women Chartered Accountants, BMF and ABASA.
Outside of work, I have been involved in youth related activities in church, where I am part of the team that plans Annual Career Expo for young people in the Vaal. I have been a volunteer for SAICA to observe municipality elections in 2016. I have been part of the women movement called ‘’Women Who Stand in Prayer’’ where we meet monthly in Alberton to empower and impart wisdom in the spiritual matters.
I am a mother of three (3) children, 2 girls and a boy. I am a child of God before anything."
I live by this saying from Mahatma Gandhi ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’
My women empowerment programme includes motivational speaking, dance, yoga and self-defence for beginners. The motivational speaking includes affirmations which we can use to keep reminding ourselves of how appreciative we should be of all the wonderful aspects of our lives. The dance includes 2-step, Indian and belly dance. I have been dancing since the age of 8 so it is in my blood and I love to share the joy and happiness it brings to me. The self defence is the basics on the different manoeuvres a woman can use to defend herself during an attack.
As I began my journey in Miss Earth South Africa I realized my calling was to help other women achieve greatness.
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About Brenda and Beautiful Life:
Combining my own personal experience and those of my clients, I realise that we as women need to learn how to tap into our inner power and beauty in order for us to truly value and love ourselves as unique individuals. This inspired me to start a home-based beauty studio and Image Coaching business to help ladies to discover themselves and find the courage to reveal their tremendous potential to others.
I am extremely passionate about sharing my experience and knowledge with others in the hope that I can inspire all South African women to rise up using their gentle feminine POWER, which in turn enables not only themselves but also others around them, to live a life of purpose.
We focus on building long lasting relationships with our clients through providing objective and professional services according to their needs.
Our insight into the dynamic operations of modern day businesses and the service we endeavour to provide set us apart from the rest. We value the relationships we develop with our clients and strive to make them grow from strength to strength as we provide services covering all aspects of the operations of their businesses.
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My father started his accounting business when I was well in my teens. As I was older and more mature I realized the challenges that came with it but also experienced the beauty of running it. I realized the significance it had even on us, his family. People associated us with the success that came with my father, even when we were not involved in the running of the business. Out of this experience, I also wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, be the last hope to those that would have thrown in the towel. Starting my own business also meant having the flexibility to be there for my children, to see them grow and guide them through to be responsible adults.
The culture at university and during my articles associated success with powerful careers. Starting a business was associated with risks and unrewarded hard work as well as frustrations. During that time starting my own business was just an idea more than a reality. I also realized that in the accounting and auditing field, flexibility is merely a dream. The long hours and challenges meant that the difference and impact I always wanted would not be achieved in that setup. My friend and co-business partner Mollen Mukuze sparked my idea and challenged us to start a business. This revived my dream. It was a scary experience but I jumped into it as my inner goal was bigger than anything. Thank God I listened to my inner heart . At that point I didn’t have much to lose, being someone who had just finished articles and I didn’t have job commitments. I decided that the only time to build my business was then...
Brendmo Incorporated was born after writing our final qualifying exams in 2014 with only articles to show for experience. Looking back, that was a brave and bold decision we took. With no managerial or high corporate experience it was merely faith that drove us. God blessed us exceedingly as we both passed and qualified as CAs when Brendmo Incorporated was already in the initiation stage. I came to realize that it’s not the have’s that drive but rather the determination and zeal to have. l have since grown my business as well as an individual.
“I am grateful to family and friends for making me realise my dream. I am thankful to WOS for creating a platform to grow our business to greater heights and make a significance to people’s lives. Limitations do not have control over the greatness in us. To those who truly believe in themselves, anything is possible.”
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I am an advocate for women empowerment, as well as supporting local brands and products, especially SMME’s.
I am sole proprietor of a Nail and Beauty Salon.
Academy of Learning – Executive Secretarial and Public Relations Diploma 1993-1995
Nail Artistry – Beauty Diploma 1995-1996
Sales Course and Additional Courses 1996-1998
Nails 2000; Hair by Pierre; Skin and Body Dimensions; RUB 2006-2013
I have had the privilege of getting work experience overseas in different spheres of my career and others that challenged me and highly improved my skills. I have also had the opportunity to work with a charity close to my heart, helping abandoned children.
My purpose on earth is to inspire and motivate people by sharing my skills, knowledge and experience through Training and Facilitating.
I value Passion, Honesty and Challenges.
My legacy is to be instrumental in the discovery of potential and growth in others.
I always refer to my surname as "HAVE AND SHARE” which sums up how I manage my personal, spiritual and business life.
I am a motivated and driven person with a humble and eager-to-learn spirit. Combined with my strong personality, my driven positivity and perseverance to succeed, I take on new challenges as part of my constant growth process.
I have 10 years of experience in the field of training, coaching and counselling as an Educational Kinesiologist, Facilitator and Trainer, where I have touched the lives of individuals, groups, scholars, educators and corporate members on all levels of management.
I am actively involved in facilitating career planning at high school level, in co-operation with Brainwave Careers (NGO), in rural, township and city schools. We connect with boys and girls from grades 8-12 by informing and assisting them in planning their future careers.
My involvement in Corporate Social Investment projects in rural and township areas over the past 10 years taught me how easily people fall trap to the “GIVE-ME” spirit: where they always receive but never learn to fish. I experienced firsthand how it disempowers them and how they lose hope in becoming self sufficient. This is where the “ROOIBOS” miracle started making sense. I promote and train this empowering and sustaining business opportunity with use and marketing of healthy products.
I believe that the key to success lies in a balanced life.
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Colleen is CE of Business Engage Association NPC, a South African based organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector.
As a speaker and an author on the subject, Colleen is one of the leading voices for the sustainable advancement of women in the corporate and entrepreneurial space in South Africa today using the business case as a basis for transformation.
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She was the first chairperson of the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network Ltd., an initiative of the Department of Trade & Industry.
She is also
- Founder of the Gender Mainstreaming Awards (www.genderawards.co.za).
- President of the 30% Club Southern Africa, a global organisation of chairmen and other senior business leaders publicly committed to achieving 30% women on boards together with the associated pipeline within a default period of five years.
- a member of the Global Board Ready Women Initiative.
- Co-Chair Women Corporate Directors
- Member of the IWFSA
- has represented BUSA at Nedlac in negotiating the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill
- was a representative on the steering committee for International Labour Organisation Programme on Gender.
- is one of only eleven ILO cadre in South Africa accredited as an expert in women entrepreneurship development
- is accredited by the ILO to carry out internationally researched gender reviews.
- previously headed 85 Broads Southern Africa – a multi-cultural, multi-generational international network of over 28 000 trailblazing, visionary women
- was a founding member of New Faces New Voices – a group established by Mrs Graça Machel to uplift women in the financial services industry & facilitate access to finance for women.
Colleen is a prolific networker, organiser and visionary.
Through educating people with workshops, events, demos and talks, Conny aims to show you how easy it is to make high quality, premium cosmetics in your own kitchen.
The business started with the publication of The Cosmetics Chef – Crafting Cosmetics in your kitchen, a book with 50 fabulous recipes on making your own products at home. From face masks, body scrubs and even a dog shampoo.
Specialised ingredients are available on the website as well as ready packed kits which include pre-weighed ingredients and beautiful packaging to make it even easier to make your own products. Kits include a Supreme Skin Serum, Rejuvenating Face cream, Hair Oil, Firming body lotion and more.
Whether you want to make your own products, or just make more informed decisions about the products you buy, The Cosmetics Chef is here to help you.
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Conny is a professional, qualified cosmetic chemist who also holds a degree in marketing management. She has been in the cosmetic industry since 1996 where she started work in a cosmetics factory in Johannesburg. Since 2009 she owned her own consulting company which specialised in formulation development of natural and organic cosmetics. She has assisted many new brands and multinationals to take a product idea to product launch. She is also the co-author of a patent for a hair care product.
She has been active in various professional associations in the cosmetic industry and has been president of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of South Africa (Coschem) twice, in 2009 and 2015. She lectures on the cosmetic science diploma course and is a member of the education committee. As president of the society she was invited to Japan in 2015 to participate in meetings with IFSCC (International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists). She was also on the steering committee for the IFSCC Congress 2012 which was held in Sandton and hosted international experts and industry visitors.
She has spoken at many conferences especially on the topic of natural cosmetics. She has also attended courses in Europe on the specialities of formulating natural and organic cosmetics. She is also a full member of the Cosmetics and Toiletries Association of South Africa and is a member of the technical committee.