’Kasipreneur Palesa Hlatshwayo (20) helping to pioneer SA’s new reality - self employment

Posted on 11/18/2022

In this fascinating interview, author and ’Kasinomics guru GG Alcock introduces us to Palesa Hlatshwayo, 20 year old owner of a Soweto hair salon which employs eight people. She shares a path that is increasingly common among self-employed informal sector success stories – nudged early on (13yo) by her mother to earn her own money; starting a business supported by modest family resources (R15 000); rapidly growing the operation through a combination of hard work and creativity; and being driven by a dream of massive expansion. It’s an inspirational tale of a motivated young woman whose passion has helped her thrive in a R10bn sector that has over 60 000 participants. GG and Palesa spoke to Alec Hogg of BizNews.