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Meet Kholofelo Buthelezi who transformed from a village girl to business owner

So many people have big dreams but they never achieve them. Kholofelo Makgopa Buthelezi is not one of those people.

Buthelezi, a mother of three, shared her inspiring story recently. She revealed that she runs her own successful company despite facing several challenges.

The 34-year-old was born and raised in Ga-Kgapane, Bolobedu Gamodjadji, alongside her three brothers. Since a young age, Buthelezi has been determined to succeed, not only to become successful herself, but to create opportunities for others in her community.

“I have always had passion for designing and creating stuff. Growing up as an introvert child, I expressed myself in anything creative and redesigning the clothes my mother would buy me and creating stuff out of anything. Of course that would get me into trouble every now and again, but it has paid off today,” she said.

She went on to matriculate before obtaining a higher education qualification in management accounting from Unisa. Thereafter, Buthelezi landed a stable job as a junior financial administrator and later as a bookkeeper.

However, Buthelezi could not shake the feeling that something was missing, and before long, her stable job turned into retrenchment. Instead of just looking for another job, the beautiful mother took a leap of faith and she started her own business – an event company – in 2013.

She enlisted the help of her father and brother, Clement, who would oversee the logistics side of the business while she handled the event planning.

Although the business started out as a part-time venture for Buthelezi, she is now fully committed to her company and she has even reached out to help others.

“I have been offering internships to learners who have completed their events management. I have also employed four permanent employees as we are still small and by doing that I have created a stable income to at least four families,” she revealed.

Buthelezi added that she hopes to continue helping others in the future and that her experience and contacts will benefit new comers in the industry.

“I believe for us to build better future, we need to share our knowledge and experiences with others,” she added.

The inspiring woman spilled the tea on how she manages to raise three kids, be an amazing wife and run a company full-time.

“It is hard most of the time and there is no perfect formula for it. It’s just a matter of putting God in everything, being flexible and passionate about what you are doing so that you would be able to hold on even when things are not going your way,” said Buthelezi.

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