Known for her light-hearted and sometimes controversial persona on reality TV show The Real Housewives of Durban, Kgomotso Ndungane is a multi-faceted woman.
Born and raised in Potchefstroom, Ndungane went from working in the corporate sector after attaining her B Com in information technology (IT) from the University of Pretoria, to becoming an established businesswoman in KwaZulu-Natal, while building a family with her husband, former Springbok rugby player Odwa Ndungane.
Coming from a family with a background in education and business, Ndungane says she was born with the gift of entrepreneurship.
“Even though they could provide everything for us, hard work, commitment and discipline was something they all held highly.
“During the holidays, my grandmother used to make me do ice lollies and sell them. With that money, we could do things for ourselves,” she says.
Ndungane started her first business in 2007, as an IT consultant in Johannesburg and then moved to Durban, where she started an events and floral business, Oak Celebrations, in 2015.
Last year, as a result of Covid-19, she launched her latest company, called LeLaPa.
Every business Ndungane has started was inspired by her roots, hard work and passion.
Her natural love for aesthetics, nature and art was what drove her to start the flower business and when she was organising her wedding, she realised how much fun it was to arrange, plan and execute the project.
She chose her own suppliers, as well as purchased most of the furniture and décor.
With an idea, no formal training, but the passion and a business plan to support it, Oak Celebrations was created.
Source: The Citizen (Gauteng) Tue, 18 May 2021
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