Fempreneurs at Heart

Fempreneurs at Heart

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn

I love this quote and it fits in with today as it is National Women’s Day here in South Africa. In celebration of this wonderful day that we celebrate, I asked a few female entrepreneurs or fempreneurs, what Women’s Day means to them.

Nestene Botha

Nestene Botha (CA)SA – Explore ProTech Entrepreneurial Haven.
“I love being a #fempreneur because I embrace my natural ability to care and lead by nurturing. This has stood me in good stead. Part of my job is to show others how to love entrepreneurs back to life. That’s powerful. It’s very fulfilling. I love women’s day because it reminds me of the importance of feminine energy and what can be accomplished when that feminine energy masses together in the pursuit of a common goal.”

Rita Schoeman – Owner of Coaching with Heart.
Why I left a well-paid corporate job? I could not create the empowerment that I was seeking at that point in time. Today I can, and that is why women’s day is there so that we can share these stories of how you are the creator of the empowerment that you are seeking.

Janine Lingenfelder – Founder and CEO Jelani Sales.
IWD, is such a great opportunity to mirror on and celebrate the many helpful changes that have happened to create fairness, while committing ourselves more wholly to the necessary operational and social changes needed to make full equality of prospecting possibilities. Each of us, do have a part to play in that process. International Women’s Day encourages and facilitates that vital and necessary dialogue. This day to me, gives everyone an opportunity to look at the accomplishments women add to society and offers an occasion to look at what is next.

Leonie Dorfling – CEO of Entrepreneurs Lifestyle Magazine.
Women’s Day to me is such a special day. If you look at many years ago and how it has changed so much today, it’s just so amazing how women took back the power. I think its so important as a woman to stand on your own feet. Women’s day just highlights the fact that women can be strong and powerful. Taking the lead. I as a Fempreneur had to learn quickly how to be the boss lady of my business, but I love it. I learn so much and I meet so many amazing people.

Happy Women’s Day!

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Make 2019 a Real Success

“The universe is waiting for you to be a true participant. Go out there and make a difference; you have it within you to do so.” Billy Selekane

Driving growth and prosperity in South Africa with a positive mindset and excellence in effort is the purpose behind a two-day Real Success 2019 ‘Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever’ event, which features five inspiring South African multi-millionaires and is scheduled for 19 and 20 January 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre.

The event, which is free of charge and will accommodate 4000 people at the venue and at least 2000 watching online, is designed to inspire and empower South Africans and guests from all over the world participating online, to make 2019 their best year regardless of their circumstances. The focuses will be on mindset, financial independence, business, and overall quality of life.

Brian Walsh, a leading authority on entrepreneurship and human behaviour, the founder of The Real Entrepreneur Institute, and the organiser and host of the Real Success 2019 event, says it’s time for all South Africans to be SNP people – Solution Not Problem people, empowered and not victims. “Five successful South African entrepreneurs and speakers have stepped up to contribute to this effort to drive a national transformation to a positive mindset and real action that impacts our communities. Our aim is to motivate South Africans across the country, from all walks of life, to see the potential in the country and within their areas of influence, and to embrace it and build success at every level.”

The speakers include:

Real Success 2019

  • Ann Wilson, best-selling author of The Wealth Chef, trainer, speaker, entrepreneur, and financial empowerment activist, who helps people to master money and use it to create the life they want. All royalties from her book are donated to The Small Enterprise Foundation, which empowers women through micro-loans and financial literacy training. Ann has students in 57 countries and after achieving complete financial independence herself 13 years ago, wants to help other “ordinary” people achieve it as well. “Now my life is committed to empowering others to find their version of financial freedom by sharing these recipes. By liberating others from financial repression, I know that together we will create an unstoppable force for good that will ripple out into the world – to your family, your community, and your country, making the world a better place for all.”
  • Billy Selekane, author, award-winning internationally acclaimed inspirational keynote speaker, and Executive Chairman of Billy Selekane & Associates, an action learning, strategy formulation, team organisational effectiveness and leadership development organisation. He has worked with world, sports, and corporate leaders and entrepreneurs, and everyday people, unlocking their passion and setting their dreams on course. Billy is an inspirational story teller with the ability to bring powerful and practical messages that deliver amazing results. “A vision becomes the driver of the manifestation of your purpose. It gives you a place to go. A destination to look forward to and a journey that is embedded in your subconscious mind at all times.”
  • Brian Walsh, founder of The Real Entrepreneur Institute, a private research and education organisation dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs to live lives of true wealth, freedom and meaning. He is a self-made millionaire and a leading figure in the personal and business growth industry. “I believe that most people start a business in order to live a better, more fulfilling quality of life. However … most become despondent and lose sight of their original intention. The real entrepreneur on the other hand, lives a fulfilled, exciting life that is truly rewarding, both financially and spiritually, generating effortless wealth and has masses of free time to do truly meaningful things.”
  • Justin Cohen, author of Pitch to Win and other books and audiobooks, host of a CNBC Africa TV show, an authority on human potential, a speaker on motivation, sales, customer service and leadership, and a Southern African Speaker Hall of Fame inductee. “Any time you influence anyone to do anything, hire you, promote you, marry you – you’re pitching them on a course of action. If you can’t pitch, you can’t influence. And if you can’t influence, you’re powerless. The greater the difference you want to make in the world, the greater the pitch you need to be able to make. Gandhi, Mandela, Mother Theresa – these people made a difference because they knew how to pitch people on the difference they wanted to make.”
  • Robin Banks, an international leading authority on mind power and personal mastery, has dedicated his life to the transformation of global consciousness, and his desire is to empower people to take charge of their lives and create a brighter future for themselves, their community, their country, and planet. He has a diverse background in construction, sales, and retail, and in 1995 he discovered his passion for people development while working as Programme Director for a youth leadership programme. “Success is 80% psychology and 20% mechanics. You need the mechanics but you have to have the right psychology for success. If you don’t have the right mindset you are not going to create an abundance of money.”  

The event will also be partnering with B1G1 Business for Good to collect donations in the room, online, and from speakers, that will be given to a group of community charities around the world, based on votes by delegates. 100% of the funds collected will be donated.

Walsh says, “Our greatest and most motivational leader, Nelson Mandela, made a crucial point that every South African should take to heart daily, when he said, ‘What counts is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.’ This conference has the power to set the nation on a path of positivity rather than negativity, on contributing rather than breaking down, on success and prosperity for a wider proportion of the population, which will have a strong ripple effect in the fight against poverty. It has the potential to impact South Africa’s collective mind and give hope and motivation to take action and make a difference to their own lives – and in turn to the lives of others.”

With already 95% of the tickets gone, book your place at the conference today without hesitation here.

Information courtesy of Angelfish PR & Events.

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Experience Incredible India

It’s not every day that you get to experience other cultures and traditions other than your own. This is why I was delighted to take a trip to the Mall of Africa and come experience Incredible India for myself.

When we arrived we were treated to Henna or Mehendi which is something I always love having.


Once the show started I was a lucky chosen guest to demonstrate how a woman is draped in a sari, by a lady who was an expert in doing so. The material was absolutely beautiful and being dressed in a Sari is an art all on it’s own. I also had my make up done by Sumaya Thasthigir from Malaikas Beauty and Jewellery.

I also had an opportunity to try on a punjabi in bright yellow and blue colours. The outfits, jewellery and shoes are available at the various stalls at incredible India.

Incredible India has become an annual event that South African and African Indian communities have come to look forward to at Mall of Africa. It is a lifestyle, food and cultural experience with exhibitors boasting the very best in international Indian clothing, cosmetic jewellery, silk carpets, homeware and more.

You’ll find intricately detailed and exquisite saris, design Kurti tops, perfectly cut and styled Punjabis or even the bridal gown of your dreams. Walk the lanes of “India”, taking in the sights and sounds of true Indian fashions and accessories.

Entertainment includes live performances from local Indian artists, magician, Ryan the Illusionist and artists all the way from India.

An Indian shopping experience cannot go without traditional Indian cuisine, of which there will be plenty of options of tantalizing and flavourful foods and treats.

The kaleidoscope of colours, cultures, goods and flavours on offer will have you coming back for more, no matter what your Indian influence and interest.

Incredible India been extended by popular demand from the 7th May 2018 until the 13th May 2018. The event promises to be an extravaganza of authentic Indian lifestyle, fashion, culture and cuisine as local and international exhibitors display their wares and delight your senses.

Incredible India at Mall of Africa (Entrance 26, Lone Creek Cres & Magwa, Cres Midrand) is FREE to the public from Sunday to Thursday 11h00 – 21h00 and Friday, Saturday and Public Holidays from 11h00 – 22h00. Free secure parking available at the venue at Upper Level 5, Parking B & C for two hours until the end.

It was wonderful to be part of this experience, so why not take a trip to The Mall of Africa and experience Incredible India for yourself.

Pictures and the experience of the event is my own. Additional information courtesy of Ms Publicity.

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A Moment in Daylight.

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies. – Diane Arbus

Well this is how I felt on my way to my very first photo shoot. I was nervous and I didn’t know what to expect. Would it be like what  you see on tv? Would I have to pout and make funny poses? My mind was reeling with all kinds of scenarios. As we approached my destination I took a deep breath and opened the car door. I got out and as I looked up there was a lady with a big smile on her face waiting for me at the gate. As I entered I was greeted once again with that warm smile and friendly hand shake. All that worry and nervousness I had felt was gone. I felt comfortable and at ease. Who was this lady you ask? This lady was my photographer Nicolene Day from Daylight Photography.

Nicolene Day
Nicolene Day

Nicolene Day’s earliest recollection with a camera was at the tender age of 13 while on a school tour. She recalls taking photos of anything and everything that intrigued her in their natural habitat, and realised that by capturing these images she could take these memories home with her.

Nicolene made her dream a reality.
Nicolene made her dream a reality.

From taking photo’s on her school tour to capturing priceless moments of her busy daughter, what had been a simple hobby all these years had now turned into a passion she yearned to pursue. So Nicolene completed a photography course through Nikon SA with Norman Pearman and later this year she will be completing a diploma course in photography as well.

Nicolene doing what she loves.
Nicolene doing what she loves.

Over a year ago Nicolene decided to officially start Daylight Photography.  ‘Day’ as her surname and ‘light’ as she loves capturing moments in natural light.

Samantha Visser from Bridal Essence has recently joined the Daylight Photography team. Samantha will be doing the make up for the boudoir and portrait photo shoots. If you would like to know more about Bridal Essence you can go to their Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/Bridallessence.

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Nicolene loves taking pictures of her beautiful Daughter.

As a photographer starting up in the industry Nicolene believes in giving clients the perfect captured moments they ask for. As a natural light photographer Nicolene wants the clients captured memories to be as real as possible and not posed.

Before we knew it time was up and it was time to go home. I was sad to leave as I had so much fun during the shoot. I felt comfortable to be myself in front of the camera. I arrived as a client and left as a friend. If you would like to know more about Daylight Photography or if you would like to contact them, then you can go like their Facebook page or go to the website: Daylight Photography

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HanDMadE from the Heart💖

South Africa is known for it’s beautiful landscapes, ocean views, cultures and traditions, but we are also a talented and gifted nation too. We are known for our love of crafts and handmade products that are made from the heart and represent what our country is about. But what do you do or where do you go to if you want to sell or buy these precious goods?

HanDMade Website

To answer the above questions I would like to introduce you to HanDMadE or HDME.

The concept of HDME came together when co-founders and owners Neil Mackay and Tiffany Sosa were struggling to find the craft supplies they needed online. It was a constant mission to find what they were looking for or even to just get more information. This sparked the idea to start an online store where people could buy and sell handmade items. This is how HDME was born.

HanDMadE or HDME  is an online platform that is dedicated to building a community of buyers and sellers of handmade goods and craft supplies. In this day and age where technology is constantly advancing at a fast rate and we are all working on our phones and tablets this is a plus.

The website is user friendly and easy to access from any mobile device. There are different categories for different designs and creations. Anything from artwork to clothing & accessories to craft supplies, you will find all this and more on the HDME website.

HDME also rotates featured sellers on their website. By doing this the seller gets more exposure and future buyers get to know a bit more about the origin of the product they are buying.

How do I go about selling my products on HDME’s website?

You simply log on to the HDME website and click on Sell on HDME. Here you will find information on signing up and you will also be able to create an Open your Shop account there. It is free to sign up and there are no up front charges.

HDME has bridged the gap between buyers and sellers alike. They have made buying and selling crafts and handmade products as simple as a click of a button on your phone. They aim to turn HDME into a learning place where people can also learn how to make a variety of handmade products.

South Africans have some incredible talent at making items by hand and HDME has now created a bigger platform to allow the buyer to have easier access to purchase these precious pieces. For more information you can go to HDME’s website or you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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