Basetsana Khumalo reflects on her journey to success

Basetsana Khumalo
Basetsana Khumalo

Business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs recently gathered in Montecasino’s Ballroom in Johannesburg for the Standard Bank Business Breakfast, in association with Jacaranda FM. 

South African leaders and top  achievers in various fields including Dr Makhosi Khoza, Springbok rugby captain, Warren Whiteley, Astrophysicist and Mars One candidate, Adriana Marais and philanthropist and businesswoman Basetsana Kumalo  shared  insights on  issues of their competence. Attendees from the corporate world and the Jacaranda FM audience drew inspiration and shared networking opportunities as the speakers talked about their respective journeys to success and what kept them motivated.

Dr Khoza spoke on her political and business life path, and the importance of speaking truth to power. She encouraged South Africans to accept that “none but ourselves – the good men and women of this country - can save SA”. She ended her talk with an enigmatic reference to the need for “a new vehicle to take us to a prosperous society”.

Basetsana reflected on her journey from Soweto school kid to Miss South Africa 1994, to trail-blazing businesswoman and serial entrepreneur. She encouraged attendees to challenge the status quo and resist gender stereotypes and help others.

“Your success can create a generational legacy for those that come after you,” she said.

Jacaranda FM Marketing Manager, Minisha Patel, said the breakfast was a great success, “We offer a full spectrum of informative and entertaining content, and sharing business knowledge is part of that. It was great to see a packed house and so much passionate engagement during and after the event. Clearly our speakers’ messages resonate with the Jacaranda FM audience.”