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Posted on January 29, 2015

In the year of my matriculation from high school there was a sudden boom in interest for premium virgin hair. This kind of hair was not easily accessible. The market was not saturated either. So, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. I recall sitting at a hair salon, one day, and over hearing my hair-dresser in converse about their launch. They were looking for models to showcase the stock of  the premium virgin hair by a supplier. The audacity in me saw an opportunity. Getting up from my chair, I approached the hair-dresser and told him that I could arrange the girls for free (given that they would receive premium hair to the value of R3000). It was my buy-in; my “research costs” to acquaint myself with the supplier. We met at the launch, cut out the middle man, and the rest is history.

My parents were self-made entrepreneurs, so by virtue of being their daughter, I adopted the same interests. Although my dad had a strong business backing, things didn’t work out so well for him as predicted. He made mistakes. As a result, I made a conscious decision to use his mistakes as learning’s for my business endeavors.

As much as my parents were entrepreneurs, things didn’t work out as desired.  As a family we had a financial crisis and I had to make ends meet. That was my launch into an entrepreneurial career; although forced – I see it (rather) as a dive into the opportunity that I had been waiting for. All my life I was exposed to having what I need at all times, thus the sudden change made me more hungry to succeed in whatever I set my mind to do, in order to maintain or keep afloat the life I had come accustomed to. I quickly learnt that the journey of an entrepreneur does not warrant overnight success: you need to keep going.  As the saying goes: “suffering produces endurance; endurance produces character; and character produces hope. Hope never puts us to shame.”

In the year of my matriculation from high school there was a sudden boom in interest for premium virgin hair. This kind of hair was not easily accessible. The market was not saturated either. So, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. I recall sitting at a hair salon, one day, and over hearing my hair-dresser in converse about their launch. They were looking for models to showcase the stock of  the premium virgin hair by a supplier. The audacity in me saw an opportunity. Getting up from my chair, I approached the hair-dresser and told him that I could arrange the girls for free (given that they would receive premium hair to the value of R3000). It was my buy-in; my “research costs” to acquaint myself with the supplier. We met at the launch, cut out the middle man, and the rest is history.

As a serial entrepreneur, I invest my time between three entrepreneurial endeavors, namely:Nzuri Hair – Premium Virgin hair (the company that started it all); Ultra Vision Brand Activators – Promotions & Brand Activists,as well as  Levhona Events Management. To date our greatest achievements include the following, Ultra Vision Brand Activators has had the Nando’s franchise in South Africa as a client across two provinces: Limpopo and Gauteng, and Nzuri Hair is currently supplying two of the current Miss South Africa Finalists (Refilwe Mthimunye and Busisiwe Mahlangu) with hair.

Over the past years I have had to learn that sometimes you have to dip into your personal finances in order to keep the business afloat, as large clients tend to have a 30 to 90 day payment term. There is no shame in this. I have had to do in the past to appease my employees: they have been loyal to me with their services; therefore I have to be loyal to them with payments. I have had an exciting journey – one with many twists and turns. In all, I have learnt the importance to step off the edge of my safety net.

My name is Uavhona Thenga. I am discovering the great journey to success.

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