We end of our ‘May For Women’ series on a high note.
Today we are presenting a woman who has been in her field for years and has valuable lessons to offer.
I hope after all has been said, we put these wise words given to us into good use.
Introducing herself today is: Princess Ntombenhle Ramadie
“I was born in Kwa-Thema and matriculated in Nkumbulo Comprehensive School. After Matric, I registered with TUT was then called Technikon Northern Transvaal and I acquired ND in Cost and Management Accounting.
I then furthered my studies with UNISA while working at Telkom SA. At UNISA, I acquired my B. Com degree in Management Accounting and Honours Degree in Financial Management.
I started my working career at Auditor General as an Auditor. I was an auditor for 2 years and then I resigned to join a family business. The family business got liquidated after 2 years of me being there due to economic changes that we were not prepared for.
I then joined Telkom in 2000 and had a privileged to work on both fixed lined and mobile at management level. I am a Business Accountant with SAIBA
I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt and child of Siphiwe Nkosi and Bongi Ndaba. I am also a Managing Director of The Royal Project, One Professional Services and Royal Agriculture & Farming.”
Please enjoy her interview and take notes:
What made you to start a business?
- As I was in a management positions in Telkom, I used to be frustrated in some of the decisions that top management adopted and me not able to voice my opinion. I had a burning desire to change my world.
How did you start?
- I registered my company with CIPRO while I was still working permanent at Telkom. I then secured a 3-year Learnership project with City of Tshwane to learn construction.
- I was able to manage the project for 12 months while working a 9/5 job.
- After gaining confidence that the returns in the business was able sustain me until I got another project, I then resigned with Telkom.
To this day, would you still choose having your own business over a 9/5 job?
- I enjoyed my 9/5 job because I took my responsibilities as my business. My job trained me to be a better manager in my businesses. My job taught me to create business networks and how to maintain them
- As much as I enjoyed 9/5 job, I would not go back because it has limitations. I enjoy owning my time. I now have time for all things that matter to me.
- I am able to attend school sport games; I am able to visit a friend in need during the day and I am able to come up with business ideas and they get implemented. I now have a voice.
What are some of the challenges that you have faced in the business world or as a woman in business?
- The challenges that I have experience in business is the lack of funding. I have been in business for 14 years and I am convinced that our banking system in South Africa does not assist black companies. They usually advert as being on our side but they fail to assist even when they see a valid order.
- Some challenges we also face as woman especially in construction is that most networking’s are conducted in the evenings. Woman are constantly pressured to choose between family or business survival.
- Our company decided to diversify its offerings so we will not depend solely on government projects but provide products for consumers. We are now the developer of quality infrastructure in both public and private sector.
What advice would you give to the young women reading and willing to start her own business?
- Firstly, I would advise a young woman to get enough experience or exposure in regard to the product or service she wants to pursue.
- Secondly, I would advise her to get people that can coach or advise her in this journey because it’s a lonely and demanding journey yet fulfilling when moving forward.
- Thirdly, I would also advice that she have a network of like-minded people that assist in keeping the fire burning as it will assist in challenging times.
- Lastly, they say in South Africa, its who you know in business that will assist you to make it. I would like to agree and say, without knowing God, it is impossible to create a sustainable business in South Africa.
For her services go to: http://royalprojects.co.za
Today’s blog was a mouthful of amazing knowledge. I hope we all realize that you can use your education to your advantage not only to benefit others.
If you know you not meant to be an employee forever then act accordingly in your current job, know as much as you can and learn as much as you can.
One thing I know I will run with is; “…Without knowing God, it is impossible to create a sustainable business in South Africa.”
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