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