Business name: Pastry and Olives (Pty) Ltd
Operating since: 2017
Twitter: zipho_zakhe (Personal)
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Bio: I am a qualified social worker, a certified wedding cake baker and one day I will be a qualified chef! If I’m not cooking or baking, I’m most likely taking a walk, reading or dreaming about my next vacation. I love nature, quiet spaces and flowers!
Pastry & Olives bakes a large variety of celebratory cakes for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. We also offer catering for corporate breakfasts/lunches, birthday dinners, finger food and platters.
WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR THAT YOU ALREADY OR HOPE TO CONTRIBUTE TO IN THE FUTURE?
Women in business – women being able to start and grow businesses that create employment for the community and build the community.
ARE YOU SURPRISED WITH HOW YOUR LIFE HAS GONE?
I truly believe I have had the best childhood a child could ask for. This is one of the reasons I chose to study social work and why I still want to study Early Childhood development. I believe every child deserves an amazing childhood full of love and laughter. I’ve always been a simple girl, played with my friends, had little tea-parties. Although I am an introvert I’ve always had A LOT of friends, a lot! I am exactly where I thought I’d be at this age, with regards to school and business, personally – there are a couple of things I still need to bag, like a Q5, LOL.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACED STARTING A BUSINESS?
After actually starting a home-based business, the biggest challenge is trying to keep it afloat. I have had great support from my family and friends but we need to always remember that people can only support you once you start doing something. I am a qualified social worker but it is very hard to find a job in SA, so I had to keep working hard to ensure that one of my dreams is actually coming to life and staying alive.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST FULFILLING ASPECT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP?
The beautiful reviews of customers, especially customers that found me online. There are many scammers out there so people are always skeptical about trusting someone from social media. It is always heartwarming when they are in disbelief of how good the end product is.
WHAT DO YOU THINK BLACK WOMEN NEED MORE OF?
Freedom and empowerment. The freedom to choose how they want to live and what they stand for and to be empowered to be self-reliant and in control of their livelihood, finances and future.
HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF BEING YOUR OWN BOSS AND RUNNING A BUSINESS BEEN WHAT YOU HAD IMAGINED?
No, it’s definitely tougher! There are many decisions one has to make as a boss. The hours you put in, the food you cook and the target market. Having to decide whether you want to collaborate with certain people or companies. It’s really a lot to take in and take on.
DO YOU THINK YOU’LL STILL BE DOING PASTRY AND OLIVES IN THE NEXT 5 TO 10 YEARS?
Yes, I love food and I love the kitchen, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ll still be doing it with more hands and families to feed.
DO YOU BELIEVE EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON?
I don’t think I do. I lost my older brother in a car accident in 2012 and I don’t think there was a reason for that. I do believe in choice though, that is something God has given us, and our lives are mostly a result of all the choices we make, good or bad.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My creativity – I always say if I wasn’t into Social Work and Psychology, I’d definitely be in Marketing. I have a very creative and fast mind.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
My perseverance – running a business is not easy, especially in this economy. One minute you get orders left, right and center, and then the next minute it goes quiet. So being able to keep my chin up and keep pushing and developing my skills is something that really makes me proud.
Start where you are with what you have. If you want to start a business or anything, I always say start with what you have because most times people never start because they are waiting for A and B. At times you just have to start, wherever you are, just start!