GlamHour: Chance for township SMEs to sparkle

Ladies show off their make up done at the GlamHour stall. <a href="">View gallery.</a> (Supplied)
Ladies show off their make up done at the GlamHour stall. <a href="">View gallery.</a> (Supplied)

Cape Town - Khayelitsha entrepreneur Zizipho Dyubeni, founder and Managing Director of BlueAppleEye Concepts is slowly making a name for herself in the township as a go-to-person for coordinating events.

In partnership with Black Reign Communications, she organises and executes events that aim to bring young people in Khayelitsha together to enjoy themselves whilst also being empowered, especially those who want to own their own businesses.

Among these events are Soulheaven Sundays, which takes place every last Sunday of the month and the once-off Cruz Vodka Black Vintage Party and Vintage Wine Tasting, which were aimed at teaching young people about food and wine pairing in the township.

It was this combination of enjoyment and empowerment that moved Dyubeni and Black Reign Communications to do something for Women's Month. GlamHour was introduced to assist local beauticians and pamper women throughout the month of August.

Dyubeni shared her story with Fin24:

"GlamHour came to life when I identified a gap in the market, but more than anything else, it was inspired by being a woman in South Africa.

"As young women we need to be able to support each other to discover the real meaning of true success. GlamHour is one way for young women to do just that."

So what is GlamHour?

"GlamHour is the start of an annual pamper session series that is hosted during Women's Month.

"The series is to celebrate women of all ages, irrespective of race, but most importantly it serves as an opportunity for women to engage and network with each other.

"From an entrepreneurial perspective, GlamHour aims to boost local beauticians, who have branched out to claim independence through running their own establishments. The GlamHour platform gives them a chance to showcase their work, to build contacts and obtain new business.

"By doing it this way the young, willing and able women not only get a chance to grow their businesses, but also themselves intellectually, and as economically active citizens to help boost the local and overall economy.

"GlamHour is a whole day event for women where they are treated to full pamper sessions, from getting their nails done to massages to full facials, while being treated to delicacies."

Why Khayelitsha?

"Khayelitsha was chosen for a very simple reason - I come from here, it is a very vibrant township and the young women in the hood need to be inspired, empowered and reignited with the true winner's spirit.

"These young women need a platform to showcase their skills and to help grow their business. Young women from Khayelitsha for the women of Khayelitsha.

"Also, it is my way of plouging back into my community. I believe dreams aren’t just about realising your own, but about helping others realising theirs, and I believe we have done just that with GlamHour, so much so that we've decided to extend it beyond August.

"The response so far has been incredibly humbling, the ladies love the concept and what it stands for, so much so that we will be hosting monthly sessions all over the Western Cape and possibly broaden it to other parts of the country."

View the gallery.

If you want to experience GlamHour, there are still two sessions left for this month on 30 & 31 August. Bookings can be done at any Shoprite/Cherckers store or at Computicket. For more visit GlamHour on Facebook. Men are also welcome.

- Fin24
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