Sisters Kamogelo and Kgomotso Motshidi believe they have what it takes to compete against the best in the local market when it comes to strategy, scenario planning and IT consulting, through their company, Zora Incorporated. In their own words, they tell us what makes the Motshidi girls go for gold.
Kgomotso: Our mother set the standard for our family. Nothing keeps her down. She started her entrepreneurship journey back in 2000, with her own training and development company. She started out as a nurse, she managed to pursue her education, attaining an MBA from UK-based De Montfort University. Through her example, we learned you always need to reinvent yourself. You must always evolve—where you start doesn’t necessarily have to be where you end.
Our parents never dictated what careers we chose. They were happy as long as we got a good foundation. They did however push us to work hard at whatever path we chose and encouraged us to pursue our dreams. I studied BCom Informatics at UNISA, coupled with an MBA from MIB School of Management in Italy and today have over 15 years’ experience in ICT and strategy development. I guess I chose IT because it was something new at the time and I knew it could be lucrative.
Kamogelo did a BSocSci in Politics and Economics at UCT, followed by Honours in Social Development and a Masters in Development Economics and International Co-operation at the University of Rome in Italy.
Kamogelo: To a certain extent international exposure opens one up to the wider world and assists a great deal in learning how to interact with people from other cultures and varied work environments—this has been beneficial in business. It provides a powerful perception shift in oneself. If given the opportunity, I would recommend it to everyone.