Johannesburg: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, well, that is if you are a believer of that day. If you are wondering what to give your Valentine, worry not, I have a suggestion that you will definitely love.
How about some Strawberry Sweetness for your sweetheart? They’re sweet, adorable, and irresistible. It’s a simply divine, edible bouquet that you won’t regret buying! Forget flowers, they are beautiful but soon wither. Try this edible bouquet that you can indulge your sweet tooth. No more worries about withering! So, who is the brain behind Strawberry Sweetness?
Her name is Lesedi Nale, a creative, talented and beautiful 20-year-old second year university student residing in the West Rand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
I asked Lesedi to tell me about herself, and this is what she said:
Lesedi started her business in January 2021 but, she officially launched (it as a business) on the 19th of September the same year. Lesedi began the business to fund her university registration fees.
While many have abandoned studies because of lack of money, Lesedi made up her mind to not only stay in school until she graduates but pass with flying colours too. With the high unemployment rate, her only option was to begin a unique business that will attract customers and hopefully, raise funds for school.
What was the inspiration behind the business concept? Her response:
Question: As a young academic in SA, what kind of assistance would you ask from the president, if you could?
ANSWER: As a young academic studying in a drama school, I’d ask the government for more financial support for students who can not afford the school fees but are very passionate about what they study and have plans to pursue their dreams in being a director or even a live performance student whether in stage or screen. Most bursaries focus on engineering and/or medicine and forget that there is the entertainment industry as well. Financial aid for live performance students is what I’d ask the government
Ms Nale’s plan is to finish her studies, “and graduate as a live performance student being one of the cast members of a Netflix project, grow my business of course with a mini shop and to be a young successful business woman. I want to be an independent and goal driven graduate. I also want to travel and to live life during my 20s. While I’m young and energetic.”
Lesedi believes that being a routine person helps her to cope with studies and her business. She says that she manages to easily juggle between her studies and business by putting routines (a schedule) in place. She also takes some time off to figure out what needs to be done or what is highly prioritized. “If it’s during a project week, that particular week I just focus on school, then I make sure that the next week, I push business things so then there can be a balance and a win-win on both important sides. Although it is overwhelming at times but I always make sure I get through it. Meditation is my main go to, ” she says.