MUMMY MTHEMBUFAWKES (34)
Corporate strategist, global speaker and entrepreneur, Johannesburg
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.”