“If you are passionate about what you do, success is inevitable”– Cikizwa Nekile, finalist of the Sanlam-sponsored 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year
Why did you decide on a career in HR?
I initially studied Cost & Management Accounting. It was during my second year of study when I realised that I'm more a people’s person, I then registered for Human Resources Management. In my first job in recruitment, I realised that HR is an asset to any organisation, whether it’s a one-man show or a conglomerate. I developed a great passion for recruitment as it exposed me to working with people from various walks of life and I loved it!
What change were you hoping Indima HR Consulting to make?
Changing the lives of others. I can confidently say that I've done well in this avenue. To this day I still have people who thank me for the role that I have played in moulding their careers, and this gives me great satisfaction and a huge sense of achievement. Even though I'm in business to make an income, nothing gives me greater satisfaction than putting a smile on people’s faces. The relationships that I have built, the impact that I've made on people, and vice versa, follow me and plays a huge role in the success of my business today.
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What lessons have you learnt in the 11 years of being a boss lady?
Lessons learnt is to be a team member and not a dictator, and to have an open-door policy. This philosophy has always worked for me and my staff. I have a dedicated and trustworthy team. Rewarding my team not just in monetary value but also extending a word of appreciation and encouragement and also making a big fuss about their achievements.
What does it mean to be part of the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year finalists?
This accomplishment has made me feel good about myself, the accomplishments and milestones I have reached in life. Being recognised by a professional body such as this is encouraging and motivating, given my own and my company’s humble beginnings. This nomination is been a great honour. It will certainly be added to our company profile and will carry weight.
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What’s your advice to other women like yourself who come from humble beginnings?
My advice is that one should go into a business for which they have a good understanding. If you are passionate about what you do, success is inevitable. If you have no experience, research well and gain experience through training, if necessary. God has good plans for every person and therefore you will succeed if you believe. Understand your purpose and apply your mind to your dream. What has helped me was believing in myself and not listen to outside “noise”.