Entrepreneurs: a guesthouse owner at 24

By Drum Digital
16 February 2011

Mosidi Modise (24) comes from a family of entrepreneurs, so one could say she was born to it. In fact, her 78-year-old grandmother, after whom she is named, still sells cosmetics – as she has done for the past 30 years. Then there’s Mosidi’s older sister, Matsi, who co-owns a management consultancy firm with their mom, Phomolo, and her older brother, Bohlale, who is an aspiring entrepreneur in the construction and mining sector.

Mosidi says it’s their mom who unleashed the entrepreneur in her. Her dad, a pathologist, is the only one in the family who does not run his own business.

Born in Phuthaditjhaba, QwaQwa, Mosidi decided to go on a working holiday in the UK after she passed matric with distinction at Parktown High School for Girls in 2004.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure what to study after matric, so I took a gap year in 2005. I worked at a holiday camp called Kingswood, on the outskirts of London, and then I worked at a five-star golf resort, Westin Turnberry, in Scotland. It was here that I developed a great interest in operations and management in the hospitality sector,” says Mosidi.

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