Being raised in a business oriented environment often proves to be very useful later on for most entrepreneurs as they seek to introduce new systems into the world. Unfortunately, growing up in such environments is not always the common case in many African households.
One of the exceptions to this predicament is Wyne Gumbi who is the Founder & Owner of Wyne’s Accessories. His business is all about creativity – using strings, beads, charms, tassels, to make custom-made bracelets, earrings, necklaces, bangles; both in modern and traditional design.
“I’m not new in the business industry as my late father used to run a business of selling cow’s heads (izinhloko). That experience taught me how to run a business, especially the management part of it. I’m one person who believes in working with people who have the same vision as mine. Being raised in a Christian family has also made me to be strong in my faith”, he explains.
The 24-year-old businessman was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal and describes himself as an energetic and creative person who enjoys spending time with positive thinkers. He did his Matric at Tisand Technical High school in 2013 and then went to Mangosuthu University of Technology where he studied for a diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
“I’m only left with two semesters to finish my Diploma and I’m really thankful that I chose it because it allowed me to think broadly.”
For the day-to-day running of his business, there are a few people under his wing who serve as Brand Ambassadors and contribute to the overall development of his company. Those people are Anita Malunga and Zamanyambose Mthethwa. For Marketing & Advertising, Wyne employs the services of Mr Khanyile who’s responsible for making sure that the brand is well positioned in the public space. He also works with Mama Nonhlanhla who makes all the bead work that is produced by his company.
Wyne further tells us that his business caters for anyone from the age of 5; going up to adults, for both men and women. His customer base is largely throughout the country as he regularly receives orders from people in Mpumalanga, Cape Town, Durban, Richards Bay, Eastern Cape and Johannesburg. One of his plans this year is to partner with other businesses to establish a charity programme that will benefit the needy people in his community.
He is very much confident that such plans will materialise because of the lessons and guidance he has acquired thus far. “I find my inspiration from all the black entrepreneurs who have made it even though it’s not an easy journey, and from people like my brothers, Thembelani Gumbi, Philani Mhlongo, Mthokozisi Masondo, etc. They showed me that everything is possible if you persevere, believe in your craft, take time in building it and make sure that one’s business foundation is strong because entrepreneurship is not a smooth transition.”
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