Chit Chat: Doris Msibi

2010-10-16 10:23

Doris Msibi returns to our screens to host the fourth season of Forgive & Forget. The businesswoman and image consultant has just returned from California with a wealth of ideas to empower women.

What made you decide to do ­another season of Forgive & Forget?
It was never a question of whether or not to take another season. It was just automatic.

What can viewers expect from the new season?
More heart-wrenching stories. This was the most emotional ­season for me. Absolutely nothing turned out the way I expected, ­including the stories, the ­people and the outcome.

How do you manage not to get emotionally attached to the stories on your show?
I don’t manage not to get emotionally ­involved. I am a human and emotional ­being. I just learn not to carry the stories with me.

Are there any stories that stand out from the show over the past four seasons?

I will always remember Promise and Sipho. Promise took the life of Sipho’s son in self-defence. It was very emotional seeing her try to bring comfort to a father in mourning.

Then there was Victor and and his cousin, David, who had a great relationship until ­infidelity broke their tight bond.

How do you manage to balance a career in television and being a business woman?
I don’t! I don’t think that it is possible to achieve a complete balance. It is simply work in progress.

I am content with being able to do what I can in a day and still have the opportunity to enjoy it, be ­myself and have time for myself.

You were recently made ­president of the Association of Professional Image Consultants of South Africa (Apicsa). What does this mean and how did it come about?
I was accredited as a member of Apic, the international body, five years ago based on ­profiles of my ­character, client references, my work and work history.

I have since been ­appointed the president of the South African chapter and that is more important to me. I feel blessed to be a part of a team of professionals who will ­cultivate this ­exciting industry in our country.

How important is image for self-confidence and ­getting ahead in the world?
It is of the utmost importance to know that your image is not only about the way you look but about your behaviour, thoughts and communication with others.

It is what people use to form perceptions of you and your capabilities.

You established your first ­business at 18. What ­advice do you have for budding entrepreneurs?
I have noticed that people go ­into business without any formal training, exposure or experience in the work environment.

I think this is a recipe for disaster because you cannot fully appreciate the ­requirements of ­managing a ­business unless you have worked in one.

So, my ­advice to ­budding ­entrepreneurs is that they should ­empower themselves in this way and read.

Which global mogul ­successes do you look up to, and why?
It would have to be Dr Tracy Kemble, the president and founder of the Mrs Globe pageant and the Women in Need (WIN) Foundation.

I have known her for five years and always have a wonderful time with her in Newport Beach, ­California.

She has such a ­beautiful spirit and has not only taught me business skills, but more importantly, keeps reminding me that I have the licence to live, love and be a light to others.

What’s next for you?
I am very excited about the ­upcoming launch of the South ­African chapter of the WIN ­Foundation.

WIN is a non-profit organisation that offers workshops and programmes for women, and teaches them how to live and love in new ways.

» Forgive & Forget airs on Tuesdays at 9pm on

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