an awards function held at the Westcliff on 1 August 2007, Confidence
Nkosi-Majahi, beauty therapist and owner of beauty salon chain
Romeo and Juliet, was chosen as the Standard Bank/ Marie Claire
Incredible Woman of the Year for 2007.
simple and innovative business idea, a positive attitude and
tenacious ambition helped Confidence win the title of Incredible
Woman of the Year 2007. Her first business venture involved
renting a chair at a taxi rank where commuters could have
their hair and make-up done. Since then, Confidence has systematically
grown her business and now owns a series of chain stores in
Soweto. Her hard work and perseverance through the years has
helped her accomplish her dreams. She is also very involved
in her community, and empowering and providing other women
with the skills that may one day help them become successful
van der Spuy, director, business support, business and private
banking, says: "Through strong determination, will power
and hard work, Confidence and the other finalists have become
successful independent entrepreneurial women. Not only are
they successful in their businesses, but they have also empowered
their staff and set an example for future female entrepreneurs
in the country.
in 2006, the premise of the Standard Bank/ Marie Claire partnership
was to feature iconic female business women as role-models
for aspiring young women who also nurtured the dream of starting
their own business.
women were profiled from a variety of job categories, all
owner-managers e.g. restaurateur, fashion designer, shop owner
year long partnership has been an inspirational and rewarding
journey for Confidence and the other 11 finalists during which
they have shared their experiences in navigating the challenging
business landscape as entrepreneurs. Topics unpacked in the
series ranged from formalising the business idea, constructing
a solid and viable business plan, human resource aspects,
business growth and tips on marketing your business and yourself.
Wilson, editor of Marie Claire explains: "Confidence
is a highly accessible role model for all women in South Africa
regardless of their social position. Her story is inspirational
because she started with so little and has achieved so much,
which should help demystify the process for other women and
inspire them to follow her example. For Marie Claire, the
definition of an 'incredible woman' is someone who is able
to turn their dream into a business reality against all odds.
Confidence did exactly that."
is evident that women in South Africa are embracing an entrepreneurial
spirit and working towards becoming leading business role
models. Standard Bank believes in supporting upcoming and
established entrepreneurs by identifying opportunities and
programmes that will help them remain sustainable in the future,"
says van der Spuy.
Article taken from: www.smesurvey.co.za/smallcompanybigvoice