Omphile Matlhodi Matane shows that perseverance pays off

Mrs Omphile Matlhodi Matane was born in Seweding Village outside Mahikeng on December 12 1985 to a single mother. She attended Disneyland Pre-school then Connie Minchin and Sol Plaatjie Primary Schools,Mmabatho High, then Tigerkloof Boarding Schools in Vryburg. She had always known that she wanted to be in the hospitality industry and was accepted at the International Hotel School.

She completed her three-year Diploma in Hospitality Management in December 2006 and was employed as a receptionist at The Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton. In January 2007 she started working in the UAE in Abudabi at the 5- star Danaat Beach Resort. She worked in Abudabi for a total of three years.
She was summoned back home to Mahikeng by love and in December 2011 got married to Mr. Matane. Theirs is a divine union that was envisioned in heaven itself. They have 3 beautiful children.
In April 2012 she used her only R5000 to purchase 100 ready- made white chair covers and organza material for chair ties and started her own events management business. Some of her challenges were unreliable suppliers, high transport costs and very long working hours. She therefore decided to build a hall they could host all their events in. Despite limited capital and initial hall demolishen, she and her husband persevered and launched Monakaladi Gardens Wedding and Conference Venue on the 30th of April 2015 at 40011Dihatshwane village, Block C in Mahikeng. Since then they have added more buildings and continue to improve on their site as they get clients.
In June 2019,Matlhodi achieved the feat of being chosen to be among 700 young applicants from Africa to go to the USA for six weeks through the Mandela Washington Fellowship, HALALA!
Zawadi Management Projects now employs staff who are continually developed and offer outstanding service.
Omphile teaches us never to give up on our vision. Everything she touches turns to gold because she takes full advantage of every opportunity for business and personal support available. She is a Godly and progressive entrepreneur who enjoys her marriage, her children and her business and has succeeded in taking Mahikeng into the global word. We are inspired by her. We salute and celebrate her.
BY ELLEN SEGWAI