Simphiwe Zanele Mthimunye (28)

Phlebotomist

Simphiwe Zanele Mthimunye is a phlebotomist who has already been recognised in her field as excelling in her line of work and her commitment. She was the first black woman to receive the award for Excellence in Phlebotomy by the Society of Medical Technologists in South Africa (SMLTSA) Congress, and is set to be a guest speaker at the SMLTSA conferences until 2020.

“I specialise in blood collections for laboratory testing and pathology,” says Mthimunye. “I believe that women are more than capable of building our own empires, we can change the world. I am not only a qualified phlebotomist and Unisa psychology student, but a businesswoman — I own my own beauty bar in Port Elizabeth called Glamspot Emporium.”

Mthimunye plans to open up her own psychology practice while simultaneously franchising her business and opening an education foundation that will cater for at least 100 students. Her simple goal? To be as influential as possible.

“The best method for achieving success is to believe in yourself,” she says. “It was hard at first and I didn’t know how I was going to make it, but thanks to self-trust and self-belief, I managed to beat the odds. Life is challenging and hard, but it hasn’t stopped me from chasing my dreams.”

After completing her studies Mthimunye realised that there was a need to help and empower other people who wanted to achieve their dreams. She met with a team who shared her vision, but finding funding was close to impossible. Undeterred, she has instead created Role Model Luncheons that are self-funded, but motivate and inspire people to take control of their lives.

“The little you have can make a huge difference to someone else; in the past three years we’ve helped four people further their careers, and 80% of those who’ve attended our luncheons are now successful business owners,” she concludes. “You don’t need to be a millionaire to make change a reality.” — Tamsin Oxford

Twitter: @Barbiemthimunye