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Mrs. South Africa 2020 Finalist and Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel Ambassador, Eulender Nanni Set To Empower Women and Youths with Financial Skills and Business Literacy

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Mrs. South Africa 2020 Finalist and Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel Ambassador, Eulender Nanni is set to use her voice, skills and experience to advocate for change by empowering women and youths with financial skills and business literacy.

Eulender believes that the Mrs. South Africa pageantry is a Women Empowerment initiative which ensures that real women with careers and families are given a chance to make a difference and to follow their passion and dreams.

She expressed gratitude on the fact that the pageantry and hotel ambassadorship has given her exposure, love and support from the Witbank community in Mpumalanga and as such, she looks forward to give back to the community through various empowerment initiatives.

Mrs Nanni, a philanthropist whose charity work was partly inspired by the problems of depression that she personally went through has also vowed to use her experience in Events Planning and creativity in Fashion to raise awareness in Non-Communicable Diseases.

With her strong belief in hard work, team work and passion towards achievement, she believe that her qualities such as sympathy, discipline and willingness to help other people in life are the right tools that she needs in order to fulfill her charity work and the pursuit of her dreams.

As an Ambassador for the Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel, she encouraged players in the hospitality industry to continue adhering to the Covid-19 regulations and to be creative through offering travel packages and rewards systems that are customer centred.

Iniafrica.com’s Brian Kazungu spoke with the multi-faceted goal getting Eulender as she shared her dreams, passions and roles as a Mrs South Africa Finalist and a hotel ambassador in the interview below.

Iniafrica.com: Ms Eulender Nanni, please welcome to this interview and thank you for your time. Its public knowledge that you are a woman of many talents as shown by a beautiful record of your achievements like being chosen as the Brand Ambassador for the Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel as well as being a Mrs. South Africa finalist. Briefly tell us about these two roles.

Celebrity: It’s both an honor and a privilege to be Brand Ambassador for the Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel; it’s just solidified how as a brand I am growing and the hotel sees the value our collaboration will be benefit both myself and Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel. Being Mrs. South Africa finalist has been exciting regardless of what is currently happen due to the Covid. I took this situation and made it work for me. Growth only happens when one is ready to work hard at it.

Iniafrica.com: Would you tell us more about your choice and role as the Brand Ambassador for the hotel including your personal experiences in this 4 star establishment especially during this journey as a Mrs. South Africa Finalist.

Celebrity: I loveYalla Yalla Boutique Hotel for what it stands for. They always strive to bring the best hospitality experience to their guests through their professional team. Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel will go out of their way to accommodate guests every time and thus spreading the Yalla Yalla magic!

Iniafrica.com: As the brand ambassador of Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel, a business which falls under the Tourism & Hospitality sector and as a Mrs. South Africa finalist, what do you think will be the best recovery strategy for businesses in this industry to survive now and beyond Covid-19?

Celebrity: I believe that offering travel packages and rewards systems that make people feel included will be a very good strategy. I also encourage supporting local businesses and advocate for a campaign to help people get to know more about the province and the country.

Iniafrica.com: What is it that people can expect from you during your ambassadorship with Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel?

Celebrity: Being a multifaceted woman, I will use my experience in Events Planning & my creativity in Fashion to raise awareness in Non-Communicable Diseases. I will also be incorporating the CSI projects which are being supported by the Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel.

Iniafrica.com: As a Brand Ambassador and a person who has had a personal experience at this award winning hotel, what are your words of advice to anybody who would like to experience the Yalla Yalla magic on their own and yet they are afraid of traveling during this Covid-19 period?

Celebrity: I was at rest when I visited the Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel since they observed COVID-19 regulations from the hygiene up to the presentation of food and not forgetting their house keeping routines which are just amazing. I would like to remind everyone that this Covid problem will come to an end but what we all we need to do at the moment is to follow the related regulations and guidelines and to keep a positive mindset.

Iniafrica.com: Tell us about your participation in the Mrs. South Africa pageantry including what inspired it and how it feels like to be a participant on such a grand stage?

Celebrity: It’s not just a pageant, it’s about Women Empowerment. It gives us real women with careers and families a chance to make a difference and to follow our passion and dreams. I thank God for it since it’s both an honor and privilege as I get to be a part of history of the virtues of South Africa, the spirit of Ubuntu, and the real relatable women of the country. Mrs. South Africa aims share true South African stories, as well as to empower and showcase true beauty that shines from within and to celebrate every woman in her unique femininity.

Iniafrica.com: If you were to be crowned as Mrs. South Africa, what positive impact would you like to bring to South Africa and to your province?

Celebrity: It takes sympathy, discipline and willingness to help other people in life and I believe that I possess all these qualities. As such, I will use my voice, skills & experience to advocate for change. I will also use my knowledge to empower women and the youth with financial skills and business literacy.

Iniafrica.com: What is it that you can acknowledge or credit as your pillar or support system which has helped you in your journey in this Mrs. South Africa pageantry?

Celebrity: My family and the Mpumalanga province has showed me unconditional support and not forgetting that my husband and daughter are my pillar and number one supporters. More-so, the love that I receive from my siblings and my mother is overwhelming. I am also blessed to have the company that I work for being 100% behind me.

Iniafrica.com: As for you having been Mrs. Mpumalanga Ambassador and a BFM Awards recipient for the Best Styled Diva in 2018 as well as a Sunrise Women Award nominee for Social Entrepreneurship and Game Changer, I believe that there are some success secrets that you can share which can change the lives of so many people in South Africa and across the world. Please tell us the secrets behind all that you have achieved so far!

Celebrity: 1) Work hard; you must have goals not just dreams since goals are attainable and can be broken in to small pieces. 2) Get a team; work with people that want to see you succeed at what you do. 3) Do something that you love with every fiber of your being.

I believe that with these, you will excel.

Iniafrica.com: As an enterprising and focused young lady who have so much in her plate, how do you manage to juggle between all that you do and still keep your goals in check and your body in shape?

Celebrity: I live by the following principles:

 ⁃ I put God first; as I am sustained by All Mighty

⁃ I take it one day as it comes

⁃ I think positively and keep motivating myself.

⁃ I exercise to keep fit, healthy and looking good.

⁃ I pay special attention to my personal hygiene: for everything always dress up and show up.

⁃ I focus on healthy food which is good for a balanced diet.

Iniafrica.com: I believe that being a model takes a lot of self-confidence and self-discipline in your engagement with various people in their diversity? What are your words of advice to people especially young girls who look down upon themselves especially when they compare themselves with others?

Celebrity: We all have a purpose on earth and as such, you need to find your purpose. Use that dark place or situation to start something positive for yourself and for the community. Personally, I suffered from depression and so, I have used that to start advocating against depression among kids as they too suffer from the same.

Iniafrica.com: Who would you like to acknowledge and credit, be it for their emotional and material input or contribution (support) towards being the person who you have become and what you have achieved?

Celebrity: My Husband Mr. Nanni, Mrs. Mokoena (mom), Mrs. Mpumalanga Pageant, for opportunity given to me as an Ambassador. Blinkwater Meule (Super B) for supporting the CSI projects that we are working on. I must also acknowledge the kids that I am mentoring for trusting me with their lives. I want to also mention Khatijah Khan for believing in my dream and the ABM Foundation for always trusting my craft as a Host/MC.

Iniafrica.com: Who can you say is your inspiration, a person who makes you want to do it better every day? Why is that so?

Celebrity: My Mother is my inspiration. She is selfless, kind, compassionate and she loves her community. She is a mommy of five and a mother to all. She has always been there for young women and children in our community who need help!

Iniafrica.com: What is it that you can look back at and say, because of my Yalla Yalla Ambassadorship and my participation in the Mrs. South Africa pageantry, I have managed to achieve this or this is who I have become?

Celebrity: My Yalla Yalla Ambassadorship and the Mrs. South Africa pageantry has given me exposure, love and support from the Witbank community.

Iniafrica.com: I understand that there many young girls out there who can look at you right now and say one day I would like to be an ambassador for a hotel just like you or to be a Mrs. South Africa in the future. Based on your journey so far in this regard, is this something that you can encourage them to do or not? What advice and guidance can you give them on such a dream?

Celebrity: Yes definitely.  It’s not just a pageant, it’s about Women Empowerment and it gives us real women with careers and families a chance to make a difference and follow our passion and dreams.

Iniafrica.com: Besides being a Yalla Yalla Hotel Ambassador and Mrs. South Africa finalist, you are also a career woman and a philanthropist. Please tell us more about the charity/philanthropy work that you are doing and the inspiration behind it?

Celebrity: I get to showcase my work which I am doing for my community in the form of CSI projects. The projects are to raise money towards funding and awareness of what the Xiluxamama NPC is advocating for.

My advocacy and / Cause in this regard are as follows:

1. Eating Disorders amongst Children (as young as 6-ups)

2. Depression amongst kids; Alcoholism amongst children.

3. Autism Spectrum Disorder

4. Raise Mental Health Awareness more so now in COVID-19

Brian Kazungu is an Author, Poet, Journalist, and Technology Enthusiast whose writing covers issues to do with Business, Travelling, Motivation and Inspiration, Religion, Politics, and Communication among others. https://www.amazon.com/author/briankazungu https://muckrack.com/brian-kazungu http://www.modernghana.com/author/BrianKazungu kazungu.brian@gmail.com @BKazungu-Twitter He has written and published several books covering various aspects of human life including leadership, entrepreneurship, politics, personal development as well as poetry and travel. These books are found on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/author/briankazungu

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SMM’s Administrator, Afaras Gwaradzimba Struggles to Provide Answers on Mawere’s Mount Pleasant House after 17 Years of Being in Charge

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Mr Afaras Gwaradzimba

Brian Kazungu, 28/03/2021

Afaras Gwaradzimba, the State appointed Administrator for Zimbabwe’s Shabani Mashava Mines (SMM) which was placed under Reconstruction in 2004 is struggling to provide answers on the status of a house in Mount Pleasant, Harare which belongs to Mutumwa Mawere.

When asked about an update, after 17 years of being in charge of the house which was earning rentals from tenants, Gwaradzimba expressed ignorance on how under his authority, SMM was collecting rentals on a private property belonging to someone else.

He confirmed that even though SMM did not have the house’s title deeds, the company was actually receiving rentals for the property and paying the related rates.

In an effort to treat this potentially criminal case with a civil approach and make good the anomaly, Gwaradzimba made instructions to the effect that a Trust Account be created so that money can be properly accounted for.

“I am advised by Mr. Mutumwa Mawere himself that he holds the title deeds for the Mt. Pleasant house, and the Deeds are in his name. I will ask him to send me a copy of the deeds.

I there kind (sic) ask that you create a Trust Account under SMM, transfer all the rentals that have been received from the lease of the house, into that Trust Account and then charge against the account, all expenses paid by SMM in respect of the house, including management fees payable in accordance with the Estate Agents Act.” Gwaradzimba instructed SMM Management

He could however not explain how the current arrangement came to be and referred further correspondence to the Dube, Manikai and Hwacha (DMH) law firm which is the company’s legal representative.

Mawere who bought the house when he was still in the United States of America said that he never made an arrangement with SMM to manage his personal property since there was a tenant paying rent subject to management by an estate agent.

He questioned how the property ended up being managed by SMM under Gwaradzimba’s authority and yet state power was only limited to the affairs of the company and not to the private property of the owner.

 “SMM was my company. Mnangagwa/Chinamasa, using Gwaradzimba/Manikai used state power to introduce a decree that had the effect of divesting and depriving the shareholders and directors of the company of the right to control and direct the company.

The control and management was then vested with Gwaradzimba. Prior to this, I had a relationship with the company and after this, by law, I ceased to have any relationship with the company.” Mawere said

According to the law, as per the reconstruction of SMM, state power was limited to the affairs of the company and not to the private property of the owner.

The reconstruction of SMM came after Mawere was allegedly accused of foreign currency externalisation which was however proved to be lacking substance according to a report on the findings of the investigation.

In the report, it was stated that “Following extensive and exhaustive investigations, it was established that the allegations of externalisation against Mr. Mawere were unfounded and baseless.  It was also established that Mr. Mawere was neither a director nor shareholder of SMM.  There was no direct legal and factual nexus between him and the company.”

Mawere was then specified after a failed attempt by the government of Zimbabwe to extradite him from South Africa and his company was subsequently placed under reconstruction.

According to the same report, the purpose of the specification was to further investigations on the activities of Mawere’s business empire.

The report also reveals that Gwaradzimba and Manikai who is part of the law that has been tasked with the issue, both had a previous relationship with SMM before the specification and reconstruction of this entity that had asbestos mining interests in Zvishavane and Mashaba.

It states that “Mr. Gwaradzimba was the auditor of SMM during 1996 through 2001.  Mr. Manikai was the legal advisor of SMM and ARL from 1996 through 2004.  Notwithstanding, Mr. Gwaradzimba was appointed Administrator of a company that he once audited. 

Mr. Manikai is now acting against his former client.  This raises serious legal and ethical questions that need to be addressed at the appropriate time.  However, it is the considered opinion of the Investigators that the appointment of Gwaradzimba and Manikai was ill considered and, therefore, inappropriate.”

Various political and economic experts have reiterated that the issue of the rule of law and property rights posed a serious challenge on the economy especially when it comes to attracting both local and international investors into the country’s ailing economy.

Zimbabwe’s economy is currently mired in serious challenges characterised by lack of employment, poor infrastructure, industrial closures and rampant corruption across the sectors.

In separate investigations and findings, while still being the Governor of Zimbabwe’s Central Bank, Dr Gideon Gono castigated the procedural anomalies adopted in handling the SMM matter and cautioned of Gwaradzimba’s probable selfish personal interests in the whole saga.

Gono pleaded with President Mugabe to respect the rule of law for the economy’ sake and for the good image of the country by recommending the de-specification of Mawere and for the return of his companies and assets back to him.

“Though there is reference to the Fifth Table of the Seventh Schedule of the Companies Act, which sets the payment levels for liquidators and administrators, the fact still remains that Mr

Gwaradzimba, the Administrator is getting payments set at 6% of gross proceeds, of all

SMM companies which is even more lucrative than shareholders themselves, let alone revenues to Government.

Your Excellency, there is genuine need for the relevant sections of the

Companies Act to be modified. The Administrator’s activities also seem to have entrenched interests of needlessly permanently dispossessing all Mr Mawere of his assets.

…….It is also recommended that Your Excellency approve the de-specification of Mr Mawere and his companies so as to pave way for a new beginning, particularly in the context of investment promotion and empowerment in Zimbabwe.” Wrote Dr Gono.

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Five (5) Important Types of Capital That You Must Have As an Entrepreneur

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Munyaradzi Chikomba, 27/03/2021

Many people across the world definitely want to venture into business but the biggest challenge which is stopping them from starting their own enterprises is lack of capital.

It is because that reason that I want to highlight that Start-up Capital does not only mean liquid capital or money.

Yes indeed, you may not possess cash at the moment and yet you may have the following forms of capital which you can actually use to advance your entrepreneurial ambitions.

Relational/Social capital – A relation is defined as the way in which two or more people, groups, and countries, talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other.

In life, you talk to many people and as a business person, you should learn to establish strategic business relationships which will eventually help you in the near future. You should strive to establish, nature and cultivate good relations so that you can in turn also benefit from them.

Good business relations have the capacity to advance your life for the better.

If you borrow money for no interest or ask for a favor from a colleague without paying for it, you would have actually used what is called social capital.

Social capital can also link you to new customers and give you more visibility without incurring serious advertising costs. In business, good relationships are very important, because without them, you will quickly go out of business.

Intellectual capital – Intellect is defined as the capacity for rational or intelligent thought especially when highly developed.

You must always understand that information or knowledge is power and as such, if you can use information to advance your ventures, it will bring you a great return on investment. You actually trade in the knowledge that you have in exchange for liquid capital.

For example, if you are very knowledgeable in a certain field, you can decide to offer tutorials or consultancy in that regard and people will give you money (liquid capital).

Intellectual capital can also save you money especially when it comes to doing some things on your own instead of paying someone to do it on your behalf.

When you lack information, you may end up paying for things that can be possibly be done for free like online applications or submissions for certain documents which other peopl can charge you if you ask them to do it for you.

Skills capital – A skill is a learned power or dexterity of doing something competently: a developed aptitude or ability.

There are those things which you are able to do with utmost easy and yet they have a monetary value.

You may be so good at doing these things to such an extent that it is almost impossible for people to forget you. Such an ability on its own is a form of capital which you exchange for money. It is therefore very important for you to develop your skills.

If you can design fliers on your own, you will not pay for that service and hence you would have saved a few dollars. Your skills capital can save you some money which you can then use for other more important things in your business.

Emotional capital –  An emotion is a conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body.

Your ability to face what life throws at you is part of your capital because remember an emotionally unstable individual can’t make sound decisions and yet business is all about making sound and profitable decisions daily.

Emotional capital is very important because it defines and determines the effectiveness of every other type of capital mentioned above.

Management of emotions is a fundamental aspect in business because if you can’t manage your emotions, you will make irrational decisions which are detrimental to your company and thus negatively affecting all the other forms of capital.  

People who are familiar with stocks (shares) and investments will tell you that good management of your emotions is very important since it enables you to make sound decisions.

Spiritual capital– The word spirit is defined as a force within a person that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power.

Spirituality in simple terms is knowing oneself deeply and relating it to your daily routine and calls.

This type of capital calls for you to invest in your inner being so that you can be in sync with your creator or beliefs despite your faith.

Spiritual capital is beyond religion because you can be very spiritual but not inclined to any religion. Spiritual capital is very important because it makes you to believe even when there is no or little hope and it keeps you going even in dire situations.

Yes, business may not be anchored on spiritual beliefs since its runs on the laws of commerce but you must understand that businesses are run by people who are subject to spiritual realities.

If you take some time to study the lives of some leading business people around the world, you discover that they have a certain level of spirituality which influences their decisions.

Definitions in this article are taken from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Munyaradzi Zindi Chikomba (The Social Architect) is a Co-founder & Executive Chairperson of Shanduko Foundation. He is a content creator and serial columnist who writes articles on social commentary and social affairs. He is passionate about building and shaping society through digital advocacy and media. He is an Editor In Chief at Peach Media Trust.

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Identifying and Satisfying a Paying Customer, Understanding The Art of Collaboration, As Well As, Mastering The Concept of Effective Sales and Marketing – Chad Mhako

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Chad Mhako

Brian Kazungu, 24/02/2021

Entrepreneurship is being globally accepted and embraced as an effective solution to solving many societal problems including unemployment and poverty but unfortunately, without proper knowledge, most businesses especially SMEs fail even in their first years after inception.

In a book titled The SME Handbook, according to Nico Jacobs, head of Absa Small Business, Small business failure rates are as high as 63% in the first two years of trading, of which some of the reasons for such a failure rate includes lack of skills, lack of funds and poor management.

As such, in its effort to promote entrepreneurship, EAI Virtual Hub (Entrepreneurship, Arts, Innovation), organises virtual meetings with experts from different economic sectors in order to address various challenges faced by entrepreneurs on a daily basis.

EAI Virtual Hub is a platform that seeks to empower young people in Zimbabwe to become financially independent.

Recently, it organised a virtual presentation under the theme Youth In Entrepreneurship, where business consultant, Chad Mhako, shared valuable business tips in response to questions by various entrepreneurs.

Chad is a seasoned consultant who works with startups and established businesses in helping them to develop concrete, actionable strategies which gives them better access to markets and finance through customer driven entrepreneurship approaches.

Below is a question and answer presentation adapted from Chad’s presentation on the EAI Virtual Hub.

Question: Quite often, there are many concerns on a wide range of issues around entrepreneurship, with some people professing their confusion on what business they should engage in. As such, what is your advice to such people who really believe that entrepreneurship is the way to go and yet they are not sure of the exact kind of business they must pursue?

Chad Mhako: In my experience as an entrepreneur and consultant. My response is always the same. Any business where you can secure a paying customer.

My philosophy is that your business starts the day someone is willing to pay you for what you have to offer.

Now, if you can repeat this profitably to scale, then you have a business. Once your business model is profitable, repeatable and scalable, then you are in business.

This is because paying customers are quite often the difference between a successful entrepreneur and the not so successful entrepreneur. When we start our businesses, we are usually trying to answer basic questions, no matter the jargon you choose to use.

Every business tries to answer the following questions: Who are my customers? Where are they? How do I get to them? Why should they buy from me?

I like to start with the customer in mind. Like I said, you don’t have a business if you don’t have paying customer. So whether you are farming potatoes from a sack, rearing chickens or doing the freshest deal in town. Everything boils down to the customer who pays.

This is why some people make mediocre products that still sell. The reason is that they know their customer, who they are, where they are. Basically, everything there is to know about the customer. They know their customer archetype.

People will ask, what’s selling these days or what’s fresh? These are me too kind of businesses. You can also do a-me-too business as long as you have a customer who will buy.

So, what does it take to know who will buy? The answer is – Customer Discovery!!

The basic building blocks to building a business are: 1) Discovering who your customers will be 2) Validating the existence of those customers 3) Then making sure your value proposition speaks to their needs 4) Then you build your enterprise.

Some people say that we will build it then customers will come. Others say, we will farm and then they will buy. We will manufacture first then customers will buy. Sometimes it works, but most of the times, it doesn’t. Don’t let the clichés fool you.

Question – What is your advice to aspiring entrepreneurs who have the passion for business and yet they do not know where to start?

Chad Mhako: I say start with a familiar problem, but make sure there is a large enough demand for the solution to that problem. Some problems are not worth fixing in terms of viability and profitability.

Question: From your experience, what have you identified as an effective approach of attracting paying customers or converting people in any community into customers who pay for what you have? Is it always about good marketing or it’s about your circle of interaction?

Chad Mhako: Knowing who you are your customers and where they are is a great starting point. My customers may be active on Facebook whilst yours are active in a market with little or no interest in social media. As such, if I recommend you to do a social media campaign which works for me, what you will get are vanity metrics, mere numbers which look wonderful on paper but mean zero to your bottom line,. So customer discovery is key

Question – From your experience in consulting for startups, which mistakes do you think we tend to do as young entrepreneurs and how can we avoid them?

Chad Mhako: The following are some of the mistakes that entrepreneurs make: 1) Hype over substance 2) Copying and pasting without context 3) Listening to clichés 4) Putting the cart before the horse, that is, wanting a quick buck and not being willing to build.

Question – How can one grow their startup with a minimum viable product, how can they attract more funding for growth?

Chad Mhako: Your Maximum Viable Product (MVP) allows you to harness market feedback. It’s not the end product, it’s part of the building process. Businesses are undervalued at inception and the further you are from ideation, the higher the valuation

Question: What’s the role and advantage of collaboration in business?

Chad Mhako: Collaboration is the new competition. However, it must never be collaboration just for the sake of it. If not well thought through, collaboration can lead to business collapse.

As such, all parties must know what are their rights and obligations under the arrangement.

You should never leave anything to interpretation. Collaboration can take many forms and one must know what works for them.

Chad Mhako is an Entrepreneur and Business Development Consultant who helps startups and established business develop concrete actionable strategies that improve their bottom lines. He is a Managing Consultant at Abiyedu Kin and a Country Manager at Energyneering EPCM.

consult@abiyedu.co.zw / chad@abiyedu.co.zw / @ChadMhako on twitter

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