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Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) alumni Zintle Nkalitshana is the founder of an events business called ZIBEAUTY EVENTS. Nkalitshana pursued her business in 2018.

Nkalitshana, hailing from Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, graduated with a Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting in 2016.

“I chose DUT as a place of study because of its academia. The knowledge and experience I gained at DUT will enable me to participate effectively in the workplace,” she said. 

Explaining what ZIBEAUTY EVENTS is all about, Nkalitshana said: “ZIBEAUTY EVENTS its about beautifying events and occasions, leaving long lasting memories. We provide beautiful tents, decorations, catering, mobile fridges, jumping castles and other children games. The business has been operating for three years,” she said.

Nkalitshana describes herself as an innovative gem that is consistent and dedicated to what she does. The entrepreneurial journey has confessed that she does face some challenges such as not having a good backup plan for extreme weather forecasts, transportation, and insufficient equipment, to name but a few.  

“COVID-19 has also affected my business finances, resulting in cutting of staff. Nonetheless, the pandemic has taught me to save money. During level 3 we managed to open ZIKITCHEN which is currently doing good as well.” she said. 

“The idea came about in 2016 when I used to organise small events for my friends and I, and it only worked out when I got pregnant because my friends started forgetting me and that really hit me a lot; however, it also shaped me to be who am I today. I had to make the idea work because now I have a responsibility and the response I got from clients was amazing and it still amazes me,” explained Nkalitshana.

She was also awarded with a bursary at the DUT Alumni offices, whilst she was an incubator at the Centre of Social Entrepreneurs (CSE). “I won an award for best female entrepreneur of the year accompanied by a sum of R20 000,” said Nkalitshana.  

Nkalitshana advises students to grab every opportunity that comes their way and to always think outside the box. 

Pictured: Zintle Nkalintshana 

Nikiwe Sukazi 

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