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Forget red roses, try Strawberry Sweetness this Valentine’s Day

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:

I normally like to describe myself according to the meaning of my name, which means light. I believe that I live according to the meaning of my name in terms of the person I am, the people I interact with and the things I do. More about me, I am a very bubbly and positive person. I love doing new activities that excite me to grow my knowledge. I love learning and challenges that would benefit me in the future. I am a student, an entrepreneur, a hard worker

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.

Lesedi Nale, young Johannesburg entrepreneur and university student

What was the inspiration behind the business concept? Her response:

The uniqueness of the edible bouquet was the inspiration. When I first found out about it, I was mesmerized by the concept of the product. I thought that if I had to bring this in my country, people would have the same reaction towards my products as it is not often something we see or even buy. The creativity used in the product as well is the inspiration

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.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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