When Rose Sibisi started her own firm five years ago, she only had a vague idea of running a business.
“I had no entrepreneurial background and no business plan to talk about, which is why I sort of went into what I already knew to do,” she says.
Ms Sibisi, a customer communications specialist, gained extensive experience working with top brands in Zambia and South Africa, including DHL Zambia, Multichoice Zambia, MTN Zambia, Sony SA, Samsung SA, BMW SA, as well as Charities Aid Foundation. Over her 25-year corporate life, she gained wide experience in event management, branding, social and corporate communications.
So, she started her firm, Style With Roses, an events management and communications company, in 2012 even though she only had a vague idea of running a business. “It was a question of timing and how I was going to put the concept together, and having the strength and courage of putting something together,” she says.
Today, Style With Roses has morphed into a lifestyle brand that has launched a TV talkshow. The TV talkshow is geared towards teaching, inspiring and challenging viewers across the African continent to pursue their purpose and fulfill their destiny. This informative talk-show aims to motivate and sprout a blossoming pan-African social fabric, driving national and economic impact by showcasing self-made women entrepreneurs, women game changers, women trailblazers and women innovators.
The show features compelling interviews and profiles personal biographies of upcoming, successful and inspirational women personalities or collaborative initiatives across Africa. It is a visual mentoring and learning tool that inspires change, to add to social and economic development across the globe; starting with Africa.
In December 2016, a popular DSTV Channel, Zambezi Magic, which broadcasts in six African countries asked her to provide them with the episodes she had so far recorded. In March 2017, the talkshow premiered on the channel and has been fantastic since. But Ms Sibisi is not comfortable with where she is, and wants to move levels higher.
Recently, Ms Sibisi was part of a group of more than 20 women entrepreneurs who received top-class entrepreneurial training under the auspices of Stanbic Bank’s Anakazi Banking, a banking proposition that seeks to empower women entrepreneurs by giving them access to capital, education and business mentorship.
Anakazi Banking focuses on both increased access to finance and capacity building activities for women entrepreneurs. These platforms include training, mentorship and networking events to build knowledge in business management and access to markets, as well as assistance in business formalisation.
“When I was invited for the training, it was absolutely mind-blowing and phenomenal. The training was about equipping us with the leadership skills and the knowledge we need to make critical decisions for our businesses as well as to identify new opportunities. The information we were given is information you’d not ordinarily access. If you had to pay for this information, you’d pay a lot of money but here we are, we got it for free,” she says.