South African expat who sold ornamental flower baskets at a young age turns serial entrepreneur in UAE
Staff, 2022-10-21 10:54:24,
“I stopped receiving an allowance officially at age 16 when I convinced my parents to allow me to get a job as a waitress,” said Dubai-based South African expat Oreabetse Matlhare, 38, who comes from a family of educators.
Her grandfather and grandmother were both school principals, while her mother was a mathematics teacher who later also became a principal, and her father was a bank manager.
“Numbers and money were two things I was very familiar with, though the latter is not something we have always had. However, my family prided itself on and instilled in me the values of being disciplined and resourceful. Even though funds were limited, we still had a comfortable home, a good education and priceless travel experiences. So, I became an expert at bargain hunting and DIY [do-it-yourself].
“I recall I found a rental property in a highly sought-after neighbourhood in Cape Town, given that I was a student at the time. I convinced the landlord to let us move in before it was ready for the public. In exchange, I offered him help to renovate the apartment. It was a minor inconvenience for probably two months that saved us 50 per cent of the cost for the entire duration. And got us a home with fantastic views.”
Numbers and money were two things I was very familiar with, though the latter is not something we have always had
– Oreabetse Matlhare
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