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Watch List: 50 Top SA Black Entrepreneurs To Watch

South Africa needs more entrepreneurs to build businesses that can make a positive impact on the economy. These up-and-coming black entrepreneurs are showing how it can be done.

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38. Lebo Mphela

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Lebo Mphela started her nail care business doing experiments in her mom’s kitchen. “After a year of doing research I found a lady online who owns a factory that supplies the ingredients I needed. I knew I wanted to be involved with every aspect of the creation of the nail polish, and the factory I found allowed me to do that,” explains Mphela. 

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Mphela managed to get her product into the goodie bags of the 2016 South African Music Awards (Samas). “Having worked on the Samas previously on the PR front, I have built a network which made it so much easier for me,” explains Mphela. “Apart from having my product in the hands of key trendsetters, being able to liaise with other brands was an amazing experience.” 

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Nicole Crampton is an online writer for Entrepreneur Magazine. She has studied a BA Journalism at Monash South Africa. Nicole has also completed several courses in writing and online marketing.

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