PROFILE: Durban entrepreneur shows how she beat the odds

Durban – Every entrepreneur can recall a moment or an event that sparked their commitment to start their own business. For young, determined go-getter, Makhosazana Megan Ngiba that moment came when she was retrenched from her corporate position a few years ago.

Her Business: Makhophila Training, a training facility that can provide sector education and training courses – particularly in the IT sector. The business has a staff of 12 with an office and four classrooms in Sangro House in the Durban CBD.

Her Background: Born into a family of teachers, Ngiba believed that education would be her chosen profession. However, she initially took a different route. She studied information technology at CTI College and took up a position at a Durban IT company. When the company put her on “short time”, she started researching how she could start her own business.

Her Education: Realising that she had much to learn about running and managing a business, Ngiba enrolled for an entrepreneurial course at Varsity College. She passed with distinction. She was also accepted into the SA Home Loans Sekela Development Programme, an initiative that supports, mentors and grows small enterprises. Ngiba said: “The sessions cover legal compliance, human resources, operational guidance as well as marketing and finance. This invaluable input and the dedicated mentorship were what I needed to take my business to the next level.”

Her Motivation: “Training someone is helping mould their future. If we at Makhophila Training can change the direction of just one life – all our efforts and challenges have been worth it,” she added.

The Mercury

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