Women in business: Meet some of the region’s successful business women...


Launching, managing and ensuring the long term success of a business is no simple matter.  It takes a special kind of self-belief to be self-employed. 

Rocky Balboa is perhaps not the ideal person to quote in an article about successful women but, to my mind, he explained the recipe for success better than anyone when he said, “But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

Home Food and Travel interviewed a number of successful business women this Woman’s Month to find out what it is that makes them successful.


Trenwyth Pledger, the owner of Thunzi Bush Lodge says; “Clever marketing saves costs and boosts occupancy. It’s a win-win situation”!


“We maintain a good relationship with our clients and always strive to deliver excellent quality services”, says Elma Vermeulen, the General Manager and owner at The Specialists.


Sharon Muller, the owner of Play World Toys says; “I continuously strive to give my customers the service and products that they want through hard work, keeping up to date with trends, providing value-for-money products and training my staff to drive the good values of Play World Toys through an attentive, customer orientated shopping experience”.


Best Beds owner, Pat Slabbert, says; “I come from a generation where service counts. We strive to deliver quality and service”.


“At Addo Bush Palace we take care of every small detail and do our best to offer our guests a unique experience”, says Laura Sánchez, the owner.


Elizabeth Silli, the owner of Paintball Heaven says; there are two sayings that inspire me and I share this philosophy with everyone I meet; firstly, ‘chance favours the prepared mind’ and secondly, ‘people don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care’”.


The owner of Dune Ridge Country House, Sarah Swanepoel, says; “As soon as things start gaining momentum – roll with it.  Don’t try and slow the process down – take the handbrake off and grow with it.”


Heidi Muller, the owner of Padlangs says; “I live my life and manage my business with the following motto:  Don’t be afraid to fail.  Be afraid not to try”.


Deirdre Brand, the owner and manager of Body 20 in Walmer, Port Elizabeth says; “Being an entrepreneur can be challenging but also very rewarding. It’s not about how you begin but by how you act and react every day that makes an impact.”