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Celebrating women in business

Celebrating women in business

Every year during the month of August we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa paying homage to the women of our nation … the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government. We pay tribute to four wonderful women in business this August.

Fatima Bhabha

Owner of BeautyNCurves – www.beautyncurves.co.za

How did you get into your industry?

I was influenced by my elder sisters, Dr Z bhabha and Dr BA Bhabha, who were already in the business for a few years before i made the decision to join.

What do you love most about your job? 

I love meeting people from different walks of life, and mostly I love that I get to make every person I see a better younger version of themselves.

Describe your working environment? 

The environment is very professional but at the same time woman-friendly. We try an make each client feel comfortable and cater to their ever need. We are family orientated, and should our clients have a child, we have a jungle gym and a helper to assist whilst they enjoy their treatments. I would describe it as a very warm and friendly environment. We are all a family at BeautyNCurves.

As a woman, what do you feel is an important trait to possess in the working space? 

Integrity, honestly, professionalism!

How do you manage all aspects of your life? 

I have an amazing support structure. M parents and sisters help me at a drop of a hat which really helps a lot. I also pray and meditate a lot which I feel helps me and I am the kind of person that is very well-planned.

What inspires you as a woman? 

Other strong amazing women, present and past, and mostly my mom who has held it together and done it all before. I am also inspired by Batsetsane Khumalo as I love her tribe posts and the cooking posts.

 

LIORA BRENKMAN

Marketing Manager for Churchills Bar and Bistro – www.churchillsbar.co.za

 How did you get into your industry?

I was fortunate to get into eventing and marketing through a sporting environment and have furthered my passion and career path  from there.

What do you love most about your job?

I love the interaction with guests and meeting of new people and building long lasting relationships. I enjoy planning events and the creative side. Every day has something new and exciting happening. I have learned a great deal in my position at Churchills, and very thankful.

Describe your working environment?

My working environment is very demanding as have to meet numerous deadlines, and then very exciting and exhilarating as well. I an very fortunate to have very dedicated and friendly work colleagues.

As a woman, what do you feel is an important trait to possess in the working space?

Determination is very important, never feel as though you can’t do anything you put your mind too, and don’t let people undermine you, always stand up for yourself. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible to achieve.

How do you manage all aspects of your life?

Family is extremely important to me and I will always put my family first, I always give more than 100% of myself into my work, and don’t take my work home with me, as I need to focus all my love and attention on my family. They are my pillar of strength and push me to achieve my goals and follow my dreams

What inspires you as a woman?

Women of Statue in South Africa inspires me as a woman. I want to be an example to my daughter and the youth of South Africa, that woman can achieve in a male dominant business world and be successful.

 

MICHELLE ROYSTON

Owner & Director of WAXIT – www.waxit.co.za

How did you get into your industry?

I’m a retailer at heart, spent 10 years in London in the fashion industry working for incredible brands. Saw a gap in the beauty industry to create a cool, contemporary waxing boutique using my retail knowledge.

What do you love most about your job?

I love my teams, they are beautiful, fun women that keep me energized and young.

Describe your working environment?

It’s fun, always filled with many challenges. I get to meet so many wonderful clients on a daily basis.

As a woman, what do you feel is an important trait to possess in the working space?

Integrity and values, you have to know what your purpose is and what you stand for. I use this in all aspects of my working day from choosing like minded suppliers to the kind of team I want surround myself with.

How do you manage all aspects of your life?

I plan my weeks carefully, I plan a schedule that I stick to and I share this with my teams. I always make time for fun and family, it keeps me going.

What inspires you as a woman?

My teams inspire me. My goal is to grow young women into successful business owners and I manage my success through the amount of successful leaders I develop.

 

MEET CINDY FURMAN 

Director of Hustle Media

How did you get into your industry? 

I come from a publishing and advertising background. In 2014, I moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg in search of “Jozi Gold”. After sending out my CV over 300 times (yes, I counted!), and only securing two interviews, I realised that neither the economy nor the political climate were to blame, but rather that my skill set at that time was not in line with where the market was going.  A marketer at heart, I was drawn to the ever-evolving landscape of digital media. I enrolled at Red & Yellow for a digital marketing course, closed my eyes, crossed my fingers, resigned from my job, and hoped for the best! The rest, as they say, is history.

What do you love most about your job? 

For me, it is all about the bottom line. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than sitting with a client, working out their return on investment, then seeing their business grow because of a strategy that Hustle Media implemented. I love seeing people happy, and I love seeing independent businesses like my own grow.

Describe your working environment? 

I am on site with my clients 80% of the time. I don’t believe in working with clients remotely, because I believe that you need to be on the ground and part of their business to really understand their brand and their needs. The rest of the time, I try to work from home, but my two very energetic collies, Kedis and Frida, often make it challenging, so I always end up fleeing to the nearest coffee shop.

As a woman, what do you feel is an important trait to possess in the working space? 

Fierce passion for your chosen path, along with plenty of dedication. You also need to be assertive and confident without being arrogant. My advice: stay humble, and learn from those around you. Nobody likes a smarty pants!

How do you manage all aspects of your life – work, personal life, family etc? 

Through those around me. I have an incredible support system – without the people in my life, I would just be dropping balls left, right and centre. I knew my business partner Jason Bricknell for close to 15 years before we became business partners. His unshakeable belief in me and Hustle Media keeps the wheels turning on those tough days. My husband is also an incredibly calming force. Mike is calm, cool and collected, while I am always running at a million miles a minute. He is definitely the Yin to my Yang.

What inspires you as a woman? 

Other women inspire me. I feel very fortunate to belong to a small network of other female media professionals and entrepreneurs. They are all dynamic and inspiring. We all share the same philosophy, that collectively, we can achieve more than we could standing alone. I love the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”. This rings true for me in both society and business.

 

 

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