On Tuesday, entrepreneur and media personality, DJ Zinhle, celebrated yet another milestone in her business journey. She opened her new flagship store for her accessories brand, Era by DJ Zinhle, inside the Mall of Africa in Midrand, Gauteng.
In a video shared on her Instagram page, Zinhle reflected on the significance of this feat.
“This is a very big deal for my team and I,” she said.
“In a time where there has been so much loss… I realised how important it is to take time and celebrate every victory along the way.”
She went on to add that the success we see from her today wasn’t always something that people believed she was capable of achieving.
"It may sound crazy, but 8 years ago, no one wanted to work with an ambitious DJ from Dannhauser. Even a weekly appearance on national TV didn't convince them that my brand and I were quite worth the risk. They judged who I was at the time and couldn't see who I could become," she said.
"I had to shift my focus; I stopped looking for partnerships [and] instead went out and looked for ownership. It wasn't as easy and powerful as I make it sound; in fact, I had to work harder than I ever had. There was blood, sweat, tears, and a lot of life lessons in between."
Her journey and her dedication and commitment to it eventually led to the DJ Zinhle we celebrate and honour today. She also shared advice for people that want to experience success in their lives.
“Don't focus on being unsure,” she said. “Use your energy to make it happen, make that move and don't be afraid to go the long way.”
Her partner and musician, Bongani ‘Murdah Bongz’ Mohosana, also took to his social media to share a video of the big moment when Zinhle opened up her store. He accompanied this with a caption that read: “You deserve all the wonderful things life has to give. I’m super proud of you.”
Let’s take a look inside the new store: