Indrani Govender is an inspiration.
When Durban-born businesswoman, Indrani Govender, decided she would not allow poverty to put her down, she liberated herself to a world of opportunity and positive beginnings.
The single mother of two from Sheffield Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast let her determination to succeed overpower her difficult childhood which was fraught by poverty.
Govender was raised by her grandmother and matriculated at ML Sultan Secondary School in Stanger.
She had encountered many challenges in her journey to success, having been involved in a horrific car accident and falling victim to two armed robberies which resulted in her being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and had to be boarded.
With more than two decades of retail experience under her belt, she decided to venture into entrepreneurship after attending a women’s empowerment workshop.
Her business, Ricinz Construction was formed in 2010 when she was 47 years old. The company provides construction, electrical and telecommunications services to public and private sector entities.
Govender completed the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) women empowerment programme with the Gordon Institute for Business Science in 2015.
She completed a course offered in partnership with the University of Limpopo and Eskom Training Academy in 2016 for SMMEs to grow their businesses and in 2017 she completed a SEDA small enterprise programme which lasted a year.
“At first operating in an industry dominated by men was somewhat intimidating. However, I was motivated to prove those who frowned upon me wrong by joining the NHBRC programme with GIBS where I emerged second out of 100 participating businesswomen,” she admitted.
“I am determined to help young people, especially women. I have conducted empowerment workshops in rural areas where I impart my learnings to help create a pipeline of entrepreneurs and promote job creation,” explained Govender.
She added it was important for entrepreneurs to acquire business skills to ensure the profitability of their businesses which will in turn boost the country’s economy.
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“My business is a territory that God has entrusted in me to touch people’s lives and make a difference. The staff that I employ are the backbone of my business,” the inspirational woman said.
Govender recently returned from a trip to India where several companies expressed their support to help drive projects that will increase opportunities for job creation and infrastructure development in KwaZulu-Natal.
When Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) hosted the India delegation, she was invited and introduced to founder and global chairman of Market Next International Forum, Shine Gopal.
He appointed her as the South African president of the company.
“I applied for the PUM programme and TIKZN covered the flight and accommodation expenses of my mentor from the Netherlands, Gert van Battenburg, who helped grow my business by 300 percent through his mentorship,” she said.
The PUM programme is a collaboration between TIKZN and the Netherlands.
PUM Netherlands is a global mentorship programme that brings well experienced retired business leaders to South Africa to mentor exporters to grow their markets.
TIKZN assists with the selection, recruitment of exporters as well as the facilitation of the application of this programme.
Govender’s message of support for young and aspiring career women is to never give up, work hard, have an appetite to learn and success will follow.
Finding time to go to the gym, attend Zumba classes and meditate are her recourse from a busy lifestyle.