Fashion designer

After starting out at the tender age of 19 with renowned SA design house Stoned Cherry in 2000, Palesa Mokubung created Manstho, her solo label, in 2004.

Since then, this graduate from Vanderbijlpark Technical College has gone from strength to strength. Mokubung’s earthy, vibrant garments are sold by national retailer Edgars and have been showcased numerous times at both the Sanlam SA Fashion Week and the Design Indaba.

She was named one of South Africa’s top 30 women by Cosmopolitan magazine last year. But, despite her remarkable success, there is much Mokubung still wants to achieve. “I have accomplished a lot of my dreams, but I need new ones,” she says.

She believes that a key to success is the confidence to convey “who you are and what you think – to the world. “There is no need to be anything but yourself,” she confidently states.

Lunch spot: My home near the Vaal, with a chef on hand to cook whatever my guests desire