Not only did Margaret Hirsch finish her MBA at 70 years old, but the incredible South African also hosted online masterclasses to help struggling businesses through these difficult times.
Johannesburg, South Africa (07 January 2021) – While most of us learnt how to bake banana bread or downloaded TikTok in 2020… Margaret Hirsch obtained her MBA at the age of 70 years old!
The year 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as a year with extreme, some would say insurmountable, challenges but for Margaret, who is the Executive Director of the Hirsch’s group, an award-winning businesswoman and a champion of women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship found a way to make the best out of the worst last year.
The high profile South African decided to finish her MBA at the age of 70!
She also connected with over 800,000 people via Zoom and Facebook Live for her Entrepreneurs workshops, her Women in business meetings and the Kitchen Capers events that were held on a weekly basis to help people run their businesses and their homes more effectively at this difficult time.
“Looking back on 2020 it was the most unbelievable year. I started off by travelling around South Africa weekly as I have done for the past 10 years and spending a week a month out of the country – to staying at my farm during lockdown for 7 months, the first time in 30 years I have slept in the same bed for more than 3 nights in a row! When lockdown hit us, we thought we had hit a brick wall, but we mustered together our troops and weathered the first storm until we could open properly under level 3 and then we just gave it our all to pull ourselves and the company through the most difficult year of our lives. We literally cancelled all our plans and went into survival mode and managed to come out of the year so much better than we could ever have imagined. It certainly was a year where the material things we have didn’t matter, and family – including our extended Hirsch’s Homestore family – became the most important aspect of all our lives. We as a family and as a company are thrilled to have survived and thrived during Covid, and we are ready to take 2021 head-on!”
Margaret’s plans for 2021 include continuing with her popular weekly Entrepreneurs Workshops that she runs with “Action COACH” Marlene Powell.
“We want to help people to take their businesses to the next level and will be putting together a programme that will help them to do this.”
She will also continue with her virtual Women In Business meetings where women are encouraged to share their business news and punt their businesses to the large network of women who attend on Zoom.
On the culinary front, the virtually held Kitchen Capers events have proved extremely popular, and these will continue with more information on how various kitchen helpmates can help make life a lot easier. She is also putting together a Vegan Cookbook to help encourage more people to reap the benefit of going on a plant-based diet, something that she has found has helped her to stay fit and energised since she became a vegan two years ago.
And for the rest of us? Well if we’re not logging on to Margaret’s masterclasses, then according to Martha Stewart, people will be moving away from baking banana bread in 2021 and will be heading towards “pickling everything” which fits in perfectly with Margaret’s plant-based diet ideas… so we’re all off to buy more vinegar!