Posted by Ticketstroom – 08 March 2017

Set in the upmarket Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, L’Opulence was abuzz on the evening of 22 February 2017. Women from all walks of life and various professional backgrounds were welcomed to the Thrive monthly networking session by Tendai Rukwava, host of this prestigious event.

Scottish Leader, the sponsor of this event provided delicious cocktails for all the guests and we were spoiled with mouthwatering canapés too. To kick off Thrive, the guests were encouraged to come introduce themselves and to give a brief summary of their professional backgrounds as well as to present their business venture, where applicable.

Scottish Leader provided delicious cocktails for all the guests.

Scottish Leader provided delicious cocktails for all the guests.

First up, it was Sihle Davids of a head wrap brand called Sleeping Pretty. Sihle realised that not many head wraps exist in the market for natural hair, which would also maintain your hairstyle for longer by being gentler on hair. She conceptualized these silky head wraps, which she retails for R250 each. These headwraps are available in a variety of styles and colourful designs. She also has silk pillowcases available, to complement the head wraps.

Sihle Davids of Sleeping Pretty.

Sihle Davids of Sleeping Pretty.

Zama Gwebu of a company called Personalized, presented her personalized cellphone covers. Her company deals with manufacturing phone covers with photos of your friends, family or pet – you name it! Zama also mentioned that she is looking at expanding into tablet covers in future. Up next was Gugu Keswa, the owner of the revolutionary dance studio called Ballex Dance & Entertainment.

Gugu is a trained ballet dancer, and teaches ballex which is a simplified version of ballet. She also offers hip hop dance, wardrobe and choreography. Her classes are held in Parkmore and in Maboneng during the week and on the side she also stocks and sells waist trainers.

Also notable was the presentation by Karishma Sewpersad of Oxygen Water (Pty)Ltd. This Kempton Park based company deals with bottling and supply of still flavoured water. Karishma realised that there was a gap in the market because, up to now only sparkling flavoured water was available in the market. She was interested in a healthier alternative at a cost effective price. They also recruit and upskill previously unskilled members of the community, hence creating employment opportunities.

Still flavoured water manufactured by Sewpersad of Oxygen Water (PtY) Ltd.

Still flavoured water manufactured by Oxygen Water (PtY) Ltd.

Among the presenters was also Nolwandle Simelane, the owner of LBS Engineering which deals with Forensic Engineering. Patricia Sithebe presented her company which deals with environmental sustainability and also deals with reputational risk in organizations. Thandi Seroe owns a mobile bar, called Mrs Sippy, which caters cocktails for parties and weddings. Sophia Chitemere owns a magazine that deals with finance, entrepreneurship and women’s professional careers. Advertising in this magazine called Infinity Magazine is currently free at the moment.

All in all, this was a highly inspiring networking event and Ticketstroom encourages businesswomen across Gauteng to attend Thrive which, takes place once a month, in the Sandton area. For future dates and venues, keep following Ticketstroom on Twitter and Facebook.

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