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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Young, African And Making Things Happen: South African Business Woman Andiswa Tinto


By Stella WaAfrika



Young, African And Making Things Happen is our new feature profiling young Africans doing it for themselves. The feature is inspired by talent our continent has got to offer. As young people, we are the future leaders and as we speak, there are fellow youth putting their dreams into action.

Our first African is the savvy business woman, Andiswa Tinto based in Cape Town South Africa.

Andiswa Tinto is a self employed Registered Debt Counselor, she has more than five years in the Debt Counselling field; she also worked for major Banks including Standard bank and Nedbank. While she was doing her last year in tertiary she volunteered for Saccawu as a Union Organiser. She currently holds a Bachelor of Technologies Degree in Human Resources Management.
Currently CEO and Founder of Credit Relief Kings & Tinto’s Cleaning & Catering.

Serving as a Secretary of Mzansi Young Women in Business and is also part of a number of NPO’s around Cape Town. She is also involved with City of Cape Town, Department of Education and Healing of Memories as a Trainer / Facilitator for Youth Programmes.

Her passion is Youth, Women and Business Development.

Please give us a brief profile about your business 

Credit Relief Kings (CRK), a 100% Black Woman Owned Enterprise, I founded in early 2010, with an objective of helping people get out of debt. CRK is a close corporation and an authorized debt counseling services provider registered with the National Credit Regulator (NCR). The company works closely with  major banks and credit providers. With more than five years in the debt counseling field, also worked for major Banks including Standard bank and Nedbank.

What prompted you to become an entrepreneur? 

Passion for people, I like communicating, advising and making my own decisions. I once said to my business mentor, I want to become famous as my business will be well know.

Describe a day in a life of an entrepreneur 

Long hours and sleepless nights.
You have to be on top of your game at all time
You have to be creative and generate ideas every minute.
YOU HAVE TO BE SMART AND PRESENTABLE

What some of the challenges you face? 

Taking risks on marketing campaigns, cash flow problems, untrustworthy employees and competition.

Despite the challenges, what keeps you going and inspired to push your business against all odds?

Passion for what I do, its within me, dedication, knowledge about the business and touching lives

What do you wish you had known before starting your own business?

That it’s difficult to start up your own business if you don’t have start-up Capital

What advise to young aspiring entrepreneurs?
Make sure you do all your research and seek assistance from small business support agencies.
Don’t give up! Attend most small business short courses and workshops.

 How can people get a hold of you?

Facebook : andiswatinto.5
Twitter : @andiswatinto
Linkedin: andiswatinto
Fax: 086 616 8943
Cell: 078 181 3213


Andiswa Tinto Fact File:

She featured in the following Magazines:
 - Vision Magazine
-  Kasi Times
 -  Destiny Magazine

 Radio Stations: As a Guest 
- ZIBONELE Community Radio
-UKHOZI FM
- TRUE FM
-  INKWENKWEZI FM

TV appearances
- Former TV Presenter at Cape Town Tv Channel 263
- Motswako –SABC 2 as a Guest

Achievements

- Nominee for the Emerging Entrepreneur Category by the Business Women Association 2012
- Finalist NYDA Buy Youth Campaign 2011
- Brightest Young Minds 2011 Alumni
-Selected as the Best Facilitator during a 6 months Peer Education Programme for Western Cape Schools (Metro South).

#BeInspired



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Stella is the founder of WaAfrikaOnline.  A Pan-African at heart, passionate about Africa, human rights, women empowerment and girl child education. She's also into broadcasting. 
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    1. Awww, Andiswa. You're too kind. Thank you! You inspire me too!:)

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