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Meet Zoé Mabuza. She is a 33 year old entrepreneur, radio presenter and community developer from South Africa. Her interest in business started at the age of 13 in 1994 where she worked as a financial administrator at her family’s business, a hair dressing salon which was established and owned and by her parents in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zoé graduated from high school from Bizana Village Senior Secondary School in 1997 at the age of 16. In 1998 she enrolled for a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree with the University of South Africa. Due to financial challenges she dropped out of university in 1999. In the year 2001, at the age of 19 she founded a company, Kabod Trading CC to focus on waste management. The company struggled due to lack of capital.
From year 2002-2005, Zoé worked as a student worker for the University of South Africa as a financial administrator. While working at the University she enrolled for short courses in customer relations, office communication and integrated sustainability accounting assurance reporting.
In the year 2005, the contract with the University of South Africa expired, subsequent to that she enrolled for a short course in music through a community development program. In 2007, Zoé ,while unemployed, started a community outreach program aimed at getting youth off the streets. While the program focused on life coaching, education on drugs, teenage pregnancy and other challenges related to youth, the program mostly attracted youth through music, dance and poetry. Most of these youth are now professionals and others in college/university.
Zoé is also a co-founder of Still Rise a non profit organization that advocates and assists Ex-convicts to be integrated back into their communities and start a new life. Still Rise was established in 2013. In 2014, Zoé joined I AM Radio, as a presenter. I AM is an internet radio station whose target listeners are the youth. Zoé currently serves as a Secretary of the Board in ICF in March 2015. ICF is a non profit organization focusing on life coaching.
In the year 2010, after the contract with Cornerstone expired she resuscitated Kabod Trading which later merged with Super Grand Agric Feed. She is currently the head of consulting focusing on assisting co-operatives with business support which amongst other things:
Business plan development
Providing markets to crop and poultry farmers
Providing training and Raising funding