Cre­at­ing sweet scents

Vusimuzi Valenti­nas Methula is the proud owner of a pre­mium cologne brand, Valenti­nas Ka­fungo

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Vin­cent Phahlane

VUSIMUZI Valenti­nas Methula (27) grew up in a busi­ness-ori­en­tated fam­ily. He says that when he was young, he de­spised the fact that he didn’t have time to go and play with his friends be­cause his par­ents al­ways asked him to help out in the fam­ily busi­ness. He helped sell fat cakes, atchaar and per­fumes. But lit­tle did he know that this ex­pe­ri­ence was pre­par­ing him for big­ger things to come. Now Vusimuzi is the founder and owner of Valenti­nas Ka­fungo, a lead­ing pre­mium cologne brand.

BE­ING EX­POSED TO THE BUSI­NESS WORLD

“My mother didn’t have a sta­ble job so the only way she could sur­vive was to start a busi­ness. I used to wake up in the morn­ing to help her sell fat cakes and do atchaar de­liv­er­ies af­ter school,” he says.

Af­ter ma­tric­u­lat­ing at Tsakane High School in the East Rand, Vusimuzi took a gap year to fig­ure out what he wanted to do with his life. “I got a job as an enu­mer­a­tor (a per­son em­ployed in tak­ing a cen­sus of the pop­u­la­tion) at Cen­sus for two months. The jobs that I got af­ter that didn’t last,” says Vusimuzi. GO­ING TO CAPE TOWN He de­cided to go back to school and stud­ied pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion at Cape Penin­sula Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in 2013 but later dropped out be­cause of a lack of funds.

“When I came back home, I started job hunt­ing with­out any suc­cess. It later hit me that I could go back to busi­ness,” says Vusimuzi.

He says at that mo­ment, his mother was sell­ing per­fumes and this sparked his love for per­fumes.

LEARN­ING TO MAKE A COLOGNE

In 2016, Vusimuzi met a lady who gave him poin­t­ers on what to do to get into the per­fume busi­ness. He used the op­por­tu­nity and learned how to mix per­fumes at the Ekurhu­leni Fablab.

“I use es­sen­tial oils with 100% pure al­co­hol to mix my colognes. With ev­ery range I mix, I start small. I mix the per­fume, place it in a small bot­tle and put it away for two weeks in a dark place to give the oils a chance to in­ter­act with each other. Af­ter two weeks, I take it out and test if I have the scent I want,” he says.

THE MINENHLE COL­LEC­TION

Vusimuzi says he chose to fo­cus on per­fumes be­cause of the rich story of the in­dus­try and that he wanted to leave a le­gacy for his fam­ily. He has re­cently worked on the Minenhle Col­lec­tion.

“The Minenhle Col­lec­tion is very spe­cial to me. It was in­spired by my jour­ney in the busi­ness world; how I started, the chal­lenges I came across and how I per­se­vered to have what I have to­day. Minenhle means a beau­ti­ful day and a new chap­ter in my life. This is the be­gin­ning of great things,” he says.

His com­pany name is Valentina Ka­fungo and he says that Valentina is his mid­dle name and Ka­fungo means scent in a lan­guage spo­ken in Malawi.

HIS AD­VICE FOR KASI BUSI­NESSES

“Don’t limit your­self when you are in busi­ness and in­vest in your brand. I started with noth­ing but now I have most of the things I need to get fur­ther in my busi­ness,” says Vusimuzi.

To sup­port Vusimuzi, you can con­tact him on 078 946 7947.

Vusimuzi Valenti­nas Methula is grate­ful for the busi­ness lessons he learnt while grow­ing up

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