In the business world, gaining respect from your peers is often tough. Making it “big” often starts with the right degree in business management, followed by a post-graduate degree like a BCom Honours. Whilst this isn’t a formula set in stone, it’s a sure way to get off to the right start. Qualifications aside, there are many young entrepreneurs that have made Africa proud.
A powerful wave of entrepreneurship appears to be the trend across African countries. In fact, more and more people below the age of 35 are building thriving businesses that positively impact national economies. This has been attributed to increased ambition, the rise of socio-economic problems that need new and innovative solutions and the desire for localised job creation.
For starters, there’s 31-year-old Simbarashe Mhuriro who founded Oxygen Africa Limited, in 2009. It’s an investment advisory company that helps facilitate foreign investors in Zimbabwe, something his country really needs to positively impact the economy and lives of the general population.
"If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to build theirs" - Tony Gaskins
It’s this very sentiment that drives entrepreneurs to start new ventures in order to live a life they have always wanted to and make a difference in society.
Born in Swaziland, Ntombenhle Khathwane founded AfroBotanics in 2010. This Johannesburg-based company produces premium hair products with the finest local African botanical oils and other natural formulas. These products have gained respect for their quality ingredients that lessen hair damage.
29-year-old Bonolo Ramokhele is a co-founder of The LeoFortis Group, an investment holding company. Their investments include commodity trading, energy, telecommunications, engineering, and mining. They also have a footprint across Africa, with offices in South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, and even South Sudan.
At Varsity College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) we encourage students to dream big and then make things happen. For qualifications that will set you apart from the rest and help you take life to the next level.
For more on the programmes, facilities and opportunities available, please visit our website or get in touch with us today, www.varsitycollege.co.za!
*SLP: Short Learning Programme