Business savvy duo do FS proud

2017-08-23 06:00
Tumelo Pholwane

Tumelo Pholwane

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Two young Free State women with business minds have been shortlisted as top-ten finalists for the SAB KickStart Boost youth entrepreneurship programme.

The pair is Tumelo Pholwane (22) of Thaba Nchu and Nthabiseng Lemena (34) of Welkom.

They made it into the final on the basis of having good track records, which should ensure they start and manage their entrepreneurship businesses to prosperity.

The sponsor will announce the top three from the shortlisted finalists in Johannesburg in November.

The provincial duo is part of the 2016 class of aspiring entrepreneurs, aged between 22 and 35, whose journey began when the #StartupTruck toured South Africa in search of attractive businesses needing growth opportunities.

Pholwane manages the beautician business Bacha Ba Matla Trading (Pty) Ltd, trading as the Bo­tshelo Wellness and Fitness Club in Thaba Nchu. Lemena manages a sewing business called Lemena TN Solutions in Welkom.

The two women conceptualised the idea of starting their businesses in 2013 and got these off the ground when they opened their doors in 2015.

Pholwane has qualifications in business management and beauty training.

Her business offers health and beauty services with a fully-equipped gymnasium, day spa, nail bar and nutrition corner. The products used are organic and especially suited for African skin.

Pholwane said she identified a niche in the market to house health and beauty under one roof for convenience and currently operates from a local hotel and casino based in town.

Currently she employs two women, with plans to employ a further three, depending on prosperity.

As part of skills development, Pholwane offers students studying health and beauty from the nearby college practical experience.

Lemena’s business specialises in high-quality and affordable school uniforms, tailor made for the schools.

She currently employs four people and hopes to increase her staff.

Nirishi Trikamjee, SAB corporate affairs director, said the ten finalists were focussing on working through their businesses with their assigned mentor to unlock opportunities that would take them to the next level.

She said up to R3,1 million in business support and funding had been awarded to the ten finalists in total.

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