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Amanda Dambuza recently caught MZANSI'S attention doing her work outs at Virgin active.

City Press sat down with the task control executive at her workplaces in Johannesburg and located how her journey to the boardroom turned into certainly “baked in ache” – the name of her these days launched autobiography.


Born in Eskhawini eSikhawini, a city in King Cetshwayo District Municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Dambuza’s mom and elder siblings moved to Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape whilst she become best a 12 months antique.


In the Eastern Cape, she and her siblings stayed with spouse and children whilst her mom, a nurse, went to paintings in Johannesburg.

“I grew up with the expertise that I turned into an orphan because that is what I become made to feel [like],” she says, adding that developing up she become bodily and sexually abused by using two uncles.


“In an environment like that there’s no person to protect you. The rejection by means of my father and the abandonment through my mom became weapons in opposition to me,” she says.

So at simply age thirteen, she and her siblings ran away from the Eastern Cape to join their mother who lived in a shack in Kliptown, Soweto.


Her turbulent existence endured and, after a quick live in Lesotho where she turned into despatched to live with loved ones, she back to South Africa.


She matriculated at Spectrum Girls High in Johannesburg and became regularly occurring at Wits University to study for a Bachelor of Social Sciences diploma.


Life on campus was no longer smooth. Dambuza earned cash from casual jobs to cover her living charges even as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme blanketed most of the instructional charges.


“Initially, I desired to be a public family members officer due to the fact I well-known radio legend Putco Mafani a lot. In spite of the numerous demanding situations [I faced] I did properly at college because I even have continually acknowledged that if I wanted to be invited to the desk I wanted a diploma.


“I turned into positive that if I were given to the table I would constitute myself nicely,” she says, tearing up.


Having excelled in her undergraduate research, Dambuza was automatically well-known into the honours programme but she turned into eager to get into the place of business.

“Black tax changed into calling and I felt that I had to work faster,” she says.


Armed with a diploma, her first formal process turned into as a name centre agent at one of the united states of america’s important pension fund managers.

Her time answering phones turned into brief-lived; it lasted handiest 3 months.


“I left without a plan but a friend requested me to sign up for his undertaking control business enterprise as an administrator. That’s how my profession in mission management started.

“I just grabbed the possibility with both hands and went to all of the workshops and schooling publications and learnt the entirety there has been to research. That have become my springboard,” she says of her profession that commenced at Xpert Project Management Training, a first-rate consulting company inside the area.


Through the business enterprise, she turned into uncovered to operating with a number of the most important corporates and turned into subsequently head-hunted by means of FNB in which she spent the next 3 years hiking the control ladder.


As her revel in grew, Dambuza joined the American International Group as a project manager in which she changed into uncovered to global standards.


“My capability to build relationships across shade lines, gender and lessons has probable been what has visible me reach my career,” she says.


Her diversity and power may be seen in her appointments – from IQ Business in which she handled mining customers to Nedbank’s home loans division, Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking department and finally Absa Capital – her final corporate organization.


“After I left Absa in 2014 I started out walking Uyandiswa. It became time I opened my very own keep and focused on it. Plus I continually desired to play a right away function in growing jobs,” she says.


Throughout her profession Dambuza also had a handful of groups, a failed partnership and a failed franchise business.


“I have had many agencies, from promoting floral arrangements to a salon and others. I am true at spotting market gaps. The handiest business that failed was the franchise because it changed into my first step into massive business and it got here with very luxurious training.”


At Uyandiswa, which presents services to some of the largest corporates in the u . S ., she employs 90 people and has incubated several expert businesses at the corporation’s Bryanston workplaces as a part of her mentorship programme.


“I figured I am already paying a number of cash for the rental so I advised a number of the organizations I mentor to transport in to occupy the distance and they are able to have direct get entry to to me instead of making appointments because I get numerous requests to mentor,” she says.


As a commercial enterprise lesson, Dambuza says she learnt early on that sales, no matter how a whole lot it's far, is an extended manner from wealth.

“The pinnacle line does not mean you’re rich. First it’s not even your money, it belongs to the organisation and you need to make provision for reinvestment and expansion.

“In the six years of Uyandiswa I have most effective taken dividends once because I were reinvesting.


“I started this enterprise with handiest R80 000 but now it’s generating 9 figures. You must know a way to make the cash move a long way,” she says.


Dambuza says the commercial enterprise and its good professional recognition and excellence have opened different doorways for her.

She currently sits at the forums of a few indexed companies as well as numerous non-public groups.


She says one among the most important errors marketers who approach her make is wondering that an idea is a business even though they need the possible investor to take all the monetary chance whilst they nevertheless preserve their (entrepreneurs) day jobs.


“My upbringing taught me to be self enough. I even have continually sought to have a couple of incomes because I never desired absolutely everyone to determine my future. I in no way wanted a job to lure me due to the fact I need the money.


“I have constantly fiercely defended my independence,” Dambuza says.

When now not traversing company boardrooms, the wife and mom of 3 also offers leadership development training classes and loves spending time cooking, gardening and visiting.


Having long past from a name centre to proudly owning her personal empire, Dambuza says she has come complete circle in her career and could be very content material together with her contribution to building a better corporate South Africa.

She is a stunning female who has inspired such a lot of younger human beings in Mzansi . You also can find her for your social media structures including Instagram. On her present day publish she shared with fanatics Beautiful photographs of her doing her paintings outs at Virgin active . 

We can all examine some thing from her and I believe you loved reading about her . Please like , share and kindly leave feedback .

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