Mandisa Gaba, 27
This South African entrepreneur, youth leader and speaker has been involved in business for almost 10 years.
At age 19 started an Internet café while studying towards a Bachelor of Laws with the University of the Witwatersrand. She dropped out of law school after her second year; and enrolled with the Raymond Ackerman Academy for Entrepreneurial Development. She graduated from the Academy at the top on her class and with seed capital for her next venture Vanity Space – an online store of second hand branded apparel. This would be her second and most significant business failure.
Not being one to give up she went into uncharted territory as a Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality consultant and would obtain her SHEQ qualification with distinction. She stepped down from the helm of Maanda Africa Group – which she co-founded – in 2017 to venture on her own as the Managing Director of Ntsika Uhuru. A business to business distribution services firm focusing on the selling of specialised pumps, valves, motors, actuators and instrumentation equipment.
Her passion and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship has seen her being invited to speak about her business journey, the lessons along the way and the failures that have laid the foundation for a strong future in business. She is the host of She Boss Conversations and Township Entrepreneurs Alliance.
In 2017, she was inducted as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in the Soweto Hub; and elected as its Curator for 2018/2019.
Fun Fact: I just started pole-dancing for exercise and fun.