Once a cashier from a rural part of KZN, Londiwe Nzama is cashing in bigger dreams and is on her way to managing a business as well as an accounting degree! Her story:
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (11 August, 2023) — For former cashier Londiwe Nzama, standing still isn’t an option. Her fierce desire to put herself in better situations has seen her grow from strength to strength, exchange cash registers for accounting textbooks and inspire those around her as her story unfolds even more boldly.
Hailing from Maphumulo near Stranger in rural KwaZulu-Natal and raised by her grandparents, Londiwe knows a thing or two about having to rely on inner resources to flourish.
After finishing school, she became the youngest cashier at Engen’s Hibberdene Convenience Centre where she juggled demanding shift hours and the working world at a very early age as if she’d already been doing it for years.
Her determination and character caught the attention of the site’s owners Wynand and Heleen Bezuidenhout who saw in her someone they wanted to see win. So, they took on the role of mentors; investing in the former cashier to assist her come-ups.
But, all the drive and hard work was Londiwe’s.
As she saw promotions come her way, the business bug bit. She decided to study, embarking on a Higher Certificate in Accounting Sciences, which she completed in two years.
Now, she’s on her way to becoming the general manager of the same store, but this is far from her final pitstop. The former cashier is currently on her way to getting her Accounting Degree so that even more doors have no choice but to open for her.
“Women’s Month is a reminder that the doors of opportunity are open to all women, affirming that there are no limits to what we can achieve if we believe in our purpose,” says Londiwer.
“I also believe in the power of maintaining a positive mindset which feeds into my personal philosophy of honouring those around me and acknowledging people who have supported me along my journey.”