Candice Ince, Lee Dhorie, Jane Vosper, Lucy Chetty, Saskia Hill, Sholain Moodley and Preshena Takurpersad.
Owner of MCS Debt Recovery, Saskia Hill, has built a successful business from intuitive insight into the business in which she operates, served up with a huge amount of compassion for her staff, her clients and for the community in which she operates, particularly the schools in the vicinity of Cornubia.
Nelson Mandela’s quote, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” prompted Hill to dig deep and find ways in which she and her staff could help local educational establishments.
For the last three years, MCS Debt Recovery has taken the local primary school in Cornubia, Solomon Mahlangu under their wing.
Hill holds quarterly meetings with the head teacher, Kevin Seviall and his staff, to find ways to help raise funds for the school. The company donated books and sports equipment over the years.
“We would love to see more companies coming on board to help the school with a photocopy machine, desks and chairs, soccer goals and soccer balls,” said Hill.
More recently, Hill and her team got involved with the Kungomusa Creche, which is run by Xolani Alfred Maphumulo and his wife, Thandeka.
They were so impressed with the way Xolani and Thandeka took it on themselves to start up a crèche for children who were unable to travel to formal pre-schools in the area, and have helped them with a variety of equipment needed to keep them going.
The crèche is still in need of mattresses, book cases, crayons, paper, nappies and general educational equipment, and we would like to encourage neighbouring businesses to help with these.
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For more information, contact Xolani on 074-515-7334.
Hill, who took over MCS Debt Recovery in 2009, after working for the company as their accountant, has increased the number of clients tenfold and has grown the staff employment number from 40 to 220.
She said that the success of her business has been based on treating her staff as assets, believing that happy staff equate to successful collectors. To this end, MCS Debt Recovery covers the high school fees for staff.
Her strong entrepreneurial spirit has seen Hill take on the role of mentor to a variety of young entrepreneurs in greater Durban.
She gives them advice on how to grow their businesses and helps with funding when the need arises.
She also gives talks to high school children about their careers, and to top it all, was recently elected by her peers at the internationally renowned Entrepreneurs Organisation (Durban chapter) as their Learning Chair.