Leading lady in Zululand retail has upbeat message

2012-10-01 00:00

A ZULULANDER at heart, Marina Roet, the portfolio manager at Sanlam Centre Empangeni, has become an institution in Zululand retail.

With a unique perspective on almost any­thing, she believes Empangeni is “a unique town” with a bright future.

“This old town is having a facelift. It is not happening overnight, but the growth is visible. Businesses are renovating or planning to renovate. Other smaller shopping centres are either extending or upgrading. This great news should be embraced by residents, everyone visiting this awesome town,” said Roet.

Roet began working for the centre in 2003, having matriculated from Empangeni High School, obtained a degree in public relations in 1984 from Rand Afrikaanse Universiteit /University of Johannesburg and completing a certificate in shopping centre management from the University of Pretoria.

A self-motivator, Marina said she loved to work behind the scenes.

“I believe one has to earn the respect of others and lead by example. I am most definitely a Christian, and my business principles can account for it. I enjoy being around tenants, assisting them in whatever way possible, and being a source of information that can assist them with their business.

“Being available and assisting shoppers is equally important. I am blessed to have three other dedicated staff members working with me in the Sanlam Centre Management office. We work till late some evenings , but the joy comes in the morning when all your hard work and planning eventually takes shape and materialises,” she said.

She said that next to her faith, she holds her family dear.

“My husband, Fanie, is an awesome man of God. In fact, after being married for close to 20 years, it still feels as though I met him just the other day. Both of us are involved in a praise and worship ministry and lately we have been involving our daughter Angelique too.

“One should never underestimate the potential that is locked up in young people. My son, Rudolph and daughter-in-law Dessi are involved at Spirit Word Ministries in North West,” she said.

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