Visionary who loves pyjamas

ALTHOUGH her core business is training, entrepreneur Nosi Ncoyo is spreading her wings through Vision4Women, the branch of her company developed to empower Nelson Mandela Bay women and help youngsters to reach for the stars.

“Through our Facebook group and my work at Vision4Women featured in Move magazine and radio interviews, there has been a demand to host Vision4Women events in other provinces,” she says.

“I am planning to expand Vision4Women to reach a wider audience through a talk show which will share inspirational stories of professional and business women, locally, nationally and of South African women who work and run businesses overseas.”

Ncoyo has just returned from a trip to New York, where she interviewed several of these inspiring figures for the talk show. She outlined other aspects of her career and life over a lunch of lamb chops, baked potato and vegetables, accompanied by a glass of Grapetiser at the beachfront restaurant.

I like the Coachman on the Bay because of its warm ambience, good food and friendly staff. I also enjoy the sea views while dining there.

I’ll know I’ve made it when I look back at the end of each day and ask myself, did I give love into doing my job and those I served – be it family, friends, clients and employees. If the answer is YES, I know I have made it.

The person who has taught me the most is not just one person. There are many people who have contributed to my personal and business success – from my father, teachers, relatives, mentors and pastors but, as far as business is concerned, my husband is my teacher and mentor.

I have a soft spot for shoes and books. I get lost in bookshops, I love the smell of books and it becomes difficult to pass by a book shop without getting myself a copy.

I should have studied psychology. People’s behaviour fascinates me and more often than not, I find myself giving counselling and trying to solve problems of those around me.

I’d love to party with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.

I’m listening to gospel music.

When I was 16, I wish I knew to value and use time wisely.

My music weakness is anything by Brenda Fassie.

Nothing makes me happier than to see my two sons happy and expressing gratitude.

My favourite item of clothing is pyjamas, they give me comfort after a long day at work.

I absolutely hate giving and receiving sub-standard service.

I am saving to take my husband to Bali, Indonesia for his birthday in December.

I share my life with my husband, Xolisa, and two sons, Qhama and Phaphama.

I can’t go a day without starting my day with prayer and meditating on a Bible verse.

My favourite places are shopping malls, especially Walmer Park; Stanley Street at night; the Summerstrand beachfront and Seaview.

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