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Muvic closet shoe sensation

Muvic closet shoes are the latest sensation on everyone’s feet.If you’re one of those women who live on top of the world then I suggest you do so in style with a pair of these gorgeous shoes. If you’re a peep toe kind of girl, a wedge sister like me, or simply love yourself a pair of 16 inches then this footwear is just what you wanna be rocking this December. If you’re into colour blocking, wanna keep it simple, wanna stop traffic while looking elegant then this range has exactly what you are looking for. Young Limpopo born business woman Muriel Akpabio initially began her business as a boot-boutique and has since gone on to own her own store with customers flocking in and stepping out in glitz and glam ready for the festive season. For the Diva’s, plane Jane’s and elegant  women contact Muriel for a shoe that best fits who you are.

Muvic closet prides itself with only the best,luxurious,high quality,beautiful designer shoes. You can now afford to wear comfort and still look hot and stylish while doing so. Woza December and the swag that comes with it!

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Getting to Know fabulous Ouma Tema

Ouma Tema is a dynamic businesswoman and is the founder and force behind Plus-Fab, a clothing line mainly aimed at fuller figured women. I first met her at a women’s event last year. I noticed her from across the room, fabulously dressed up in a chic dress topped with a faux fur piece and stunning shoes to match. I dare say she was the best dressed lady at that event! She exuded with confidence. Her friendly, inviting personality shone through; so much so, that people were drawn to her. I was intrigued!

I caught up with her recently to get to know her story and unpack what drives her.

KT: Tell me a little about yourself. Who is Ouma Tema? Where are you from?
OT: I am a humble young woman from a small township called Namakgale in Limpopo. I am God’s favourite daughter, Mama’s Baby, a Sister and a Friend. I own a fashion line for fuller figured women called PLUS-FAB *not just the right size*

KT: Anyone who has ever met you would know you have a very positive self-image. Have you always been that way?
OT: I guess so. My family is full of fun, crazy and positive people. I also learned from a young age that I might not have the killer body, killer smile or even killer face… but I have a killer life to live!

KT: What did you do before getting into the fashion industry? And when did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
OT: Because I am not formally trained, I had to soak myself in knowledge and learn as much as I could before hitting the ground running. I was blessed to have amazing mentors in the business.

Being a fuller figured woman myself, I was struggling to get clothes that speak to chic, fabulous, fuller figured women. My mission was to bridge the gap, and I guess being a fashion designer came with the package.

KT: What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
OT: One of my favourite uncles was getting married and I needed to look absolutely fabulous for his wedding ceremony. I asked my mom for money to buy fabric and to take me to any seamstress she knew of, to construct my design. I loved the end product… thanks to my gorgeous mom!

ouma tema

KT: How did the Plus-Fab brand start? And how did you select your target market, especially given that society dictates that cover magazine type of skinny women are beautiful?
OT: I used to design my outfits and have them made to my specification, and that resulted in a lot of women asking about my garments, from those in my circle, to those at events I attended, to women on Facebook. Some women were even willing to offer me double the price of the garment value. I realized that fuller figured women have been discriminated against for a long time where beauty and fashion are concerned.

I also realized that it would not help just complaining about it and not do something about it. Before I knew it, PLUS FAB had been embraced by women all over, from South Africa, to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nigeria and Ghana.

KT: What skills are required to be a successful fashion designer?
OT: Be genuine and pay attention to your clients at all times. You will need to be ready to invest your TIME and MONEY in what you believe in. Building a brand takes time and money, so the need to be patient is paramount.

KT: How do you build a successful customer base?
OT: I constantly build a database of all my clients and all my networks by sometimes going to an extent of stopping every plus and fabulous woman I meet/bump into anywhere! I then tell them about my brand… be it in malls, streets or at events. Social networks have also helped me build my clientele.

Money is not always there to run a 10 page advert in media, so you have to rely on free resources at your disposal to make it happen.

KT: What is the most difficult aspect of running a business?
OT:  I like to call them “building challenges.” One of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs when starting out is trying to be everything at once: you do your own marketing, HR, sales, finance and office administration concurrently and that can be too much at times. I am grateful to have my assistant Ms Ayanda Faba, my part time intern Ms Leago Marume, and my seamstresses. Without them, I have nothing!

KT: How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?
OT: It depends on the complications in the garment, sometimes two days and sometimes a week or even more.

KT: What does fashion mean to you? How would you define your personal style?
OT: Fashion is life to me. I don’t take myself seriously. I am more into simple, chic and comfortable looks. My personality is my ultimate accessory and it brings life to everything I put on.

KT: Who are some of your favourite designers?
OT: Locally, I adore Lebo Mashile (the designer) of Lebomash, Coleen from The Space, and David Tlale. Internationally, it has to be Chanel and Alexander McQueen.

KT: What do you wish people would understand about working in the fashion industry?
OT: That it’s a business as much as it is in an art form.

KT: What motivates you?
OT: Being a young South African woman in this day and age of possibilities and many opportunities leaves me with no choice but to be inspired and motivated to go after my dreams.

KT: What are some of your accomplishments as a designer?
OT: Plus-Fab outfits have won the heart of some Mzansi’s best-known and loved personalities, like poet Ms Lebo Mashile and singer Ms Winnie Khumalo, Member of Parliament Hon. Thandile Babalwa Sunduza (Arts and Culture portfolio chair) and Metro FM’s Criselda Kananda to name a few. Also, being profiled in the following shows and papers since its inception:

  • Good Morning Africa on channel 114 (DSTV)
  • The New Age
  • Record Pretoria Central and Mamelodi
  • Daily Sun
  • Sunday Sun
  • Sunrise on ETV
  • 3 Talk with Nolleen on SABC 3
  • Big & Beautiful nline magazine

KT: To what do you most attribute your success?
OT: A lot of hard work, resilience, passion, patience and God’s grace and mercy.

KT: What’s next for your Plus-Fab?
OT: We are working hard towards having Plus-Fab readily available at retail stores, and God-willing, we will get there.

KT: We’ve seen the rise of brand Ouma Tema. Besides Plus-Fab, what else are you working on?
OT: We launched our latest winter ready to wear collection last month and the support is humbling indeed. We also launched a campaign to promote self-love, using car stickers; the message is “I AM PLUS AND FABULOUS! Nothing about us without us. It’s time for us to stand up and affirm ourselves is NOW!” Money made from sticker sales will be donated to my favourite orphanage in Atteridgeville, the Magau Community Centre, which feeds homeless kids and child-headed homes.

KT: Where can readers buy your clothes? And how can people contact you?
OT: Plus-Fab is based in Pretoria (Arcadia)

Contact: 0764242314 or 0735283817 or  0127514037
Facebook page: “Ouma Tema at Plus Fab”
Twitter: @oumatema


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Entrepreneur Diaries: Tshego Chanda Brown – The Lady Behind Sebilo Creations

Tshego Chanda BrownIt is difficult to run a business in a country where home-brewed products and services are not supported and embraced as they should be. But, this didn’t stop the Mafikeng-born Tshego Chanda from starting her own furniture business. She is the mastermind behind Sebilo Creations, a business which offers an array of services including architecture, interior design, contemporary furniture design and furniture manufacturing.

Where It All Began

As a teenager I was quite creative with everything I touched. Friends thought I would pursue a career in the fashion industry, but interior design chose me. At the tender age of 13, I designed floor drawing layouts for my mother’s house – the house was built from the drawings. I was present at every construction stage though I didn’t know anything about building materials apart from brick, cement, sand and stone aggregate.

I also used to play around with furniture layout in the house; I felt the urge to re-arrange my mother’s furniture at any given time because it wasn’t aesthetically pleasing, and that usually got me into trouble. I was finally introduced to architecture and interior design in Grade 12.

Taking a Step Further

After I matriculated I enrolled for studies in Architecture at the former Technikon Pretoria. Five months into the course I was employed by an architectural firm in Pretoria. My love for furniture and interior design magnified when I was designing houses. The passion I have for this industry inspired my career choice, and this led me to start my own company.

Business Background

Sebilo Creations is a young company which aims to apply an African feel to its products. I registered the business in 2008 and operations started in 2009. The name was inspired by a Setswana idiom “bana ba mmala o sebilo” directly translated “children of the soil (of a darker skin).” African people are known to be hard, strong and warm – these characteristics are translated into Sebilo Creations team and work ethic.


Finance was the greatest challenge in getting the business off ground. I had no funding back up. I had to fund the business from my own pocket. It would have been great if I had had a mentor to guide me through this journey and advising on crucial elements of the business. I relied on the internet for information. I also asked friends and family for advice and I read self-help books.

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Entrepreneur Focus: Wendy Dikgole

Tell us about yourself: who you are, your background, where you’re based, and what you’re passionate about.
I’m a 24 year old Beauty Therapist and a business owner of ZeroBase Entertainment, an events company that deals with the logistics and coordinating of small, big, outdoor and corporate events. I also a founded a young women’s movement called “It’s a Ladies Thing” aimed at empowering young women and aspiring entrepreneurs. I’m originally from the North West province and I reside in Johannesburg.

What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture? How did the idea for your business come about?
I have always been surrounded by and worked close to people, and was inspired by my bosses. I’ve always had a passion for entrepreneurship and empowering others around me.

Describe/outline your typical day?
I run my business from home so my day starts with checking emails, going from one meeting to the next, attending mentorship\entrepreneurs workshops, planning events under our Ladies’ Movement, and attending to clients.

How do you build a successful client base?
I attend a lot of events and networking sessions, which is where I’m likely to meet potential clients.

What motivates you?
I’m motivated by the people around me, and those that wake up every morning to make things happen for themselves.

What’s your definition of an entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurship to me is a responsibility and I believe we’re all capable of bringing change in our lives and others around us.

Have you had any major setbacks/ challenges?
I lost a lot of money when I started my business due to lack of experience and knowledge.

What would you do differently if you had to start the business again?
The only thing I’d change is getting a mentor. But, apart from that, it has taught me to be the better and stronger person I am today.

What South African business people inspire you, and why?
Wendy Luhabe. She’s an amazing business woman I look up to. I respect that she strongly believes in entrepreneurship and in making a difference to people’s lives. She knows that as young people we cannot make it on our own and she keeps mentorship as a priority. I’m grateful that she’s my mentor.

How do you define success?
Success is finding happiness in anything you do and doing it to your full potential.

What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Success is finding happiness in anything you do and doing it to your full potential.

Where you see yourself and your business in 5 years?
In 5 years I see our women’s movement being bigger and having other campaigns. I see myself having started an NgO back home that helps with feeding the hungry and having built a library. I see Zerobase growing and with at least 10 employees. I see myself as a mother too.

What is your favourite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
I love that I can implement any ideas I see relevant to my company.

What’s next for Wendy?
Oh yes, I’m so excited! I will be officially launching my company next year and I have one big project to start off the year, in Morula Casino in Mabopane- a women’s empowerment seminar on March the 3rd.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?
Entrepreneurship is like a calling to me. Be like a postage stamp: stick to it until you get there.

How can people reach you?
My email address is

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The Man Behind Rhythm100 Radio: Kaunda Chama

Rhythm100radio is a newcomer in the world of radio broadcasting, but that has not stopped this commercial Internet radio station from posing as competition to well-established stations like YFM and East Coast Radio. The station launched about two years ago and already boasts a listenership of over 100 000 people from around the globe. What distinguishes Rhythm100radio from other stations is its passion and aim to promote African content and talent. The man behind Africa’s number one internet radio station tells all in this short but informative interview.

Q: To those who don’t know you, who is Kaunda Chama?
A: Kaunda Chama is a son, a father, a brother and a journalist with a passion for online, print and broadcast media. He is currently the general manager of Rhythm100 Radio, based in Johannesburg and targeted at the youth all over the world.

Q: What is Rhythm100 Radio about?
A: As out motto states: Africa is our soul and our soul is African. It is basically about young African talent on air showcasing talent from in and around their own communities and others on the continent.

Q: What inspired you to launch an internet radio station?
A: It is something I have always wanted to do, so once my partners and I identified the opportunity and put together a business plan and a strategy, we just decided to go for it. It was something that Africa needed.

Q: How did you recognize the opportunity to start a radio station?
A. My partners and I were scanning through local radio stations and at that time they were all sounding the same and playing the same songs and that was boring! So, we decided to provide an alternative radio experience and decided to target it at the whole of Africa and other people around the world that are interested in African talent. The continent has so much to offer to itself and the rest of the world. At the same time, we use the station as a platform for developing young radio talent. There are a lot of youngsters out there with talent and they just don’t have an outlet, and the station is a perfect place for them to develop and even move on to bigger things.

Q: Creating a radio station requires a lot of money. How did you finance the project?
A: We all scraped every bit of savings that we had together to set up the station. However, that is just stage one. After the station is set up, keeping it alive requires strong advertising and marketing strategies and Read the full story

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2 Minutes with Aldecia Molaudzi

Other than the glitz and glamour that come with being a top model, there’s also hard work that meets someone who aims at doing more than just walking on a ramp in designer wear.  24 year old Tzaneen-born Aldecia Molaudzi, the managing director of Sethabisa sa Borwa, also known as 2SAB, a modelling and casting agency is proof that it is through passion regardless of the industry you are in, that guarantees success.

Molaudzi, a voice over artist, motivational speaker, business woman and actress in her own right, has worked her way towards making a name for herself. I asked her just a few questions on who she is, what she does and why she does it:

Being in the media/ entertainment industry is hard enough, now being an agent is even harder! What makes what you do so difficult?

People expect me to make their dreams come true in the industry. I wish they would understand that being an agent means I am only a vessel and that their “big break” depends entirely on either the director or producer of the show. It’s hard seeing someone join my agency but not find work or knowing that I have failed someone.

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before you got into the industry?

This industry can be so fake and at times so lonely! You need to know who your true friends are out there.

10 years from now what would you like to have achieved for yourself?

I would like to be a brand. I want to have built an empire and be the greatest I can be. My purpose here on earth is to make a difference because it is what I am called for, and I haven’t yet achieved that. I want to touch and change lives through 2SAB Models and also through the foundation I am currently busy with that seeks to empower young people.

What has been the highlight of your career thus far?

The biggest break to date for 2SAB Models has definitely been casting Ntombi’s  baby on Generations. Also, being an MC at the BMF Women’s Awards in 2009 in Polokwane, and working closely with SA’s top musicians like Big Nuz, Slikour, HHP, to name just a few. I’ve recently landed one of my models a huge contract with Mr. Price, which is a huge achievement for us.

Are you living your dreams and are you content?

Yes! I am in the journey, this is my dream and this is what I wanted, and I still want more. My job makes me happy and it doesn’t even feel like I’m working because I genuinely love what I do.

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One on One with Linda Ben

Extremely modest about her success, Linda Ben is the 2011 Local President of JCI Sandton, a mentor, a well-established businesswoman and owner of “Leshaua’s”- a management consulting company. She has kept one thing constant in her life, her desire to remain one step ahead. Born and brought up in the Eastern Cape, Linda was raised by strong, exceptionally independent parents. As a result Linda has blossomed and inherited their charisma.

Tell us more about your journey?

Not knowing what to do after Matric and determined not to spend my life wasting away, I went to a nearby bank in Queenstown and requested to speak to the manager. Dressed in full school uniform, I was not taken seriously. When the manager arrived to see me (all serious and trying very hard not to burst from nervousness), I informed him, “This is my final year of high school. I am determined to make something of my life and would like to work here as soon as I have completed my final exams.” The silence was broken by a stern response from the manager, “Well then go write your exams and I will see you once you have completed.” This was only the beginning…

Once a year had passed I requested a transfer as I wanted to come to Joburg to further my education. With nothing but a bag full of clothes and a dream to make it, Joburg soon became my home. After receiving Employee of the Month several months in a row, I shortly got used to the “fame.” I resigned in pursuit of another challenge. I became a manager of a new restaurant in Newtown and was soon profiled in the Sowetan newspaper as one of the youngest black females in the restaurant management profession. For me, that certified my journey of breaking stereotypes of male-dominated domains and I was humbled as I represented all women. My journey did not stop there and I soon came across many challenges. Because of my will to win, I never settled for my past successes. Once I became the best at what I did, I moved on and found new challenges.  Since then I have not looked back.

My raw experience of Joburg has remained with me and has crafted the woman that I am. However, growing up, I did not understand why young girls sought definition from older men, and exchanged their value for lunch or pocket money. I was taught to work hard and to take ownership of my own success and this is embedded in every decision that I make. Since then, I have decided to mentor young girls. It helps when one has someone to send a please call me to, or someone willing to help you find your first job, because not everyone is lucky enough to have an upbringing like mine.

My words to live by “With God on your side NOTHING is impossible”

By Lerato “Miss Lee” Makgobatlou

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Young, Gifted and Taking Over: Mzwandile and Ziggy Thabethe

In 2007 Ziggy and Mzwandile Thabethe from Pimville Soweto identified that they needed to target the niche market of young, up and coming professionals. Building on their own interests, they understood that this market wanted to feel a connection to South Africa’s historic and cultural identity. The brothers have a diversified business portfolio which includes a restaurant and events lounge SophiaTown Bar Lounge in Newtown and Ko’ Spotong, a sports and entertainment bar in Newtown, Melville and Ghandi Square. Kasi Times speaks to the brothers and they tell us about their lives, businesses and future plans. Read the full story

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