Cor­po­rate strate­gist, global speaker and en­trepreneur, Jo­han­nes­burg

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With more than a decade of cor­po­rate ex­pe­ri­ence in ICT and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, Mthembu-Fawkes de­cided to ven­ture on her own in two com­pletely dif­fer­ent roles: one as a mo­ti­va­tional speaker in the tech­no­log­i­cal field and the other as a hair­care en­trepreneur.

She be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with nat­u­ral hair­care prod­ucts in 2012 be­fore her wed­ding, mak­ing hair but­ter, oils and sham­poos. Be­fore long, her col­leagues be­gan ask­ing for the prod­ucts and her nat­u­ral hair­care busi­ness, Earthy SA, was born. She sub­se­quently left her job as a busi­ness de­vel­oper for M-Web to run her ven­ture.

“I had no for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, but great drive and pas­sion. I worked hard and did well, both in the tech­nol­ogy en­vi­ron­ment and as a busi­ness de­vel­oper,” she says.

Af­ter a time, she be­gan to miss the cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment, so – while still run­ning Earthy SA – she be­gan con­sult­ing as a strate­gist and do­ing mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing. She’s en­gaged with au­di­ences in SA and fur­ther afield in the con­ti­nent, as well as over­seas.

“I see my global strat­egy talks de­vel­op­ing fur­ther in the next year. Many peo­ple think of Africa as a de­vel­op­ing coun­try. How­ever, I see us as First World, since we have so much to of­fer.”

Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced hard­ship her­self, in­clud­ing fail­ing in pre­vi­ous busi­ness ven­tures, she aims to help up­lift oth­ers while grow­ing her ven­tures.

“Suc­cess isn’t for a se­lect few: it’s for any­one who dares to pur­sue it and back it up with an ex­tra­or­di­nary work ethic.”

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