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This week’s Women’Preneur Crush Wednesday (WCW) is an entity called ZAZAS GUESTHOUSE AND SPA (PTY) LTD established in 2013, and is 100% black women owned by Miss Ayanda Kela . Miss Ayanda saw a gap in the tourism sector encouraged her to open the guesthouse, providing sheer luxury experience in the heart of Soweto a tourist destination that offers a rich South African history and culture. The guesthouse offers luxurious accommodation and a spa that provides a wonderful peaceful, restorative and relaxing atmosphere specifically geared for the most discerning client. It also caters for business people, tourists, families, bridal couples as well as anyone who wants a luxurious accommodation and pampering in Soweto. The general principles recommended by the King Report which the Company subscribes to are:-Accountability; Anti-corruption; Ethical Behaviour; Respect for the rights of all stakeholders, and Transparency. Furthermore the business values which Zazas and Spa espouses are Integrity; Commitment; Accountability and Responsibility.

Ayanda is the winner of the 2016/17 Tourism Category winner of the Township Entrepreneurship Awards. With her prize money Ayanda was able to capacitate her entity with 2 massage beds 2, a spa/mobile equipment as well as more linen for the guesthouse. Zazas Guesthouse and Spa started with 2 employees and has grown to employ an extra six-part time employees mainly focused in treatments and one student conducting her hospitality hours for 18 months.

#GEP Moulding Entrepreneurs/ #Womandla/#GEP_SheExcels/ #Gauteng Women’Preneurs


Eco wash project

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The GDED together with GEP embarked upon a sustainable job creation initiative, aimed at curbing the surge of unemployed in the country as per the TMR mandate. The objective of the project is to facilitate training to unemployed youth, women and people with disabilities and to set up sustainable car washes in Gauteng.

The initiative will supply and rollout the Eco Wash Equipment as part of the “Township Economic Revival” Plan and Job Creation Initiative at Townships within Municipalities throughout Gauteng. The advantage of this project is to formalise the car washes and let them be integrated in the formal economy.

The pilot phase targeted 20 car wash entrepreneurs throughout the 5 corridors of the province and the potential of 40 jobs to be created as from December 2015. The core objectives of the project are as follows:
• Skills Development
• Enterprise Development Support
• Entrepreneurship Development

To date 17 car wash operators have been formally registered as businesses and received their MDU (Mobile Dispensing Unit) as well as the training certificates.



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The launch date is 3 July 2016 in Randfontein.

Casa- Mia Productions is the company in the manufacturing line of staple food production, striving to produce quality and nutritional maize meal ready cooked pap.

The business was founded in 2012 by Mr. Wendell Peters who is a young black South African male and the business is located in Randfontein West of Johannesburg.

Wendell Peters is an entrepreneurial executive with over five years’ experience at senior management level. He is a social entrepreneur with his specialty in youth and community development.

He also has 7 years aviation experience and was selected to attend the Emirates Aviation College in Dubai and was offered employment at Emirates Airlines.

In 4 years as the Director of Thusanang Adventures, under his leadership he created over 350 employment opportunities for the youth in our country. He was also selected to be part of the Richard Branson School of Entrepreneurship.

Casa Mia productions currently employ 5 full time staff excluding the owner

The business always prides itself in the best quality of their products and the nutritional value it has.




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The project was launched on 28 June 2016 in Eldorado Park.

The accelerated youth placement and absorption plan has been developed to unpack the project objectives, deliverables, and planed monitoring and reporting plan.

Given that there is a perpetual shortage of employment opportunities for youth in Gauteng, SMME development will continue to play an important role in equipping people to become self- employed, and create alternative job opportunities.

It is on this basis that GEP has taken a stance to create simple job opportunities that require less technical skills, with a clear exit plan that includes a combination of job opportunities, as well and entrepreneurship. The plan is to create 3, 500 jobs annually (10 500 jobs in 3 years).

GEP will be piloting this programme in Q1, where 100 Youth in and around Eldorado Park will participate. The pilot programme currently has 58 youth who are undergoing skills training and the remainder of the beneficiaries will be recruited by mid-May. It is anticipated that in Q4, the 100 will be placed with industry, and others established into SMME’s and Cooperatives.

The programme has been designed based on 5 phases, namely:
– Recruitment of unemployed youth by Township: The recruitment will be done in consultation with all community structures. Ultimately, each of the 105 townships in Gauteng will be visited during the recruitment phase.
– Skills assessment: All unemployed youth will be eligible for job opportunities
– Township scanning: Each township will be scanned, and all its businesses plotted on GiS. The scan will include specific social issues (in Eldorado Park, drugs and prostitution are prevalent), micro and big businesses, government departments in the area, and government services.
– Skills Matching, Training and Development: Self – explanatory. Skills will be matched against job opportunities as informed by the scanning report. Training will be developed based on skills gap.
– Exit plan: The exit plan includes job placement, and establishment of beneficiaries into SMME’s and Cooperatives following the skills match, training and development stage.