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Virtual Date Night Beneficiaries | November 2020

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Our last Virtual Networking Date Night took place on the 25th November 2020. Being our last event of the year, we decided to end with a bang! We had 5 ladies pitch their business ideas and after an audience poll, 3 business were chosen as the winners. These businesses will be part of our Virtual […]

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Virtual Date Night Beneficiaries | August 2020

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Our 2nd ever Virtual Networking Date Night took place on the 26th August 2020, ending off Women’s Month on a high note. We had an impressive pitching competition where 5 ladies bravely pitched their business ideas. After an audience poll, 3 business were chosen as the winners. These businesses will now go into our Virtual […]

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Virtual Date Night Beneficiaries | May 2020

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RLabs Women held their first-ever Virtual Networking Date Night on Wednesday 27 May 2020. In the middle of a global pandemic, we are still committed to celebrating and connecting with our women entrepreneurs. As this was a virtual event, we were able to have women from around the world join in!   The pitching competition […]

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Junk.Fund Covid-19 Campaign

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Meet Melissa Adams (Mel’s Educare) who has just benefited from our Junk.Fund investment pillar! During this time we understand that for all entrepreneurs especially SME’s, lockdown could take a toll on your business. We, as RLabs Women, have a solution though. You can now contribute positively during the pandemic, now is your time to tap […]

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Date Night Beneficiaries | February 2020

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RLabs women held their first networking date night event of the year for 2020 at the UCT Graduate School of Business, which is regarded as the best business university in Africa. What a way to celebrate our women entrepreneurs!   The RLabs woman had 8 beneficiaries for the evening. They had to pitch their business […]

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Yonela Khohloko | December 2019

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Yonela is our beneficiary for December 2019. She does some amazing work and we are so proud of her. Read more about her below.   My name is Yonela Khohloko, one of the founding members of The Inguquko female organization which is a non-profit organization. We are a small group of women, who believe in […]

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Rabia Adamson – Aurora Fitness Studio | January 2020

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Aurora Fitness Studio is for women between the ages of 25 and 40 who want a fitter and healthier lifestyle. The aim is to create a safe environment for women to start a physical exercise habit that will help them to see beyond their current fitness state and look high above to see what is […]

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Chrsitine Taphel – Christine’s Delights | January 2020

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Christine’s Delights creates affordable yet exceptional homemade delights. The target market is people who absolutely love desserts! She wants to ensure that everyone can experience desserts made of good quality ingredients at an affordable cost. She sometimes makes desserts for special occasions. Share

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Christine Taphel – Hit@Thirty1 | December 2019

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Hit@Thirty1 is the acronym for Her Immaculate Theory, the truth of a young African Woman who experienced great discomfort and insecurities growing up.    “It started as a DREAM ….” were the opening lines in the interview with Christine Nicola Taphel [age 32]. Even as a believer, there was a period in her life she […]

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Date Night Beneficiaries | November 2019

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Our final Date Night of the year took place last month. We had 3 ladies who became our latest beneficiaries for the month of November. Mischa and Millicent each won a cash investment prize from Junk.Fund worth R1000. Teri-lee Dilgee won a Wacom Drawing Tablet. These ladies were part of a Creatives Panel which was […]

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Warm Belts | October 2019

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We asked the team from Warm Belts to tell us a bit about themselves. Here is there story. Yive Gola: I am 25 years old from Khayelitsha Cape Town. I can describe myself as an extrovert because I am very passionate about life and people. I have obtained a higher certificate in Communication and Information […]

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Give With a Purpose Donations | October 2019

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Give with a Purpose. This project encourages people to repurpose clothing or functional items as a donation to Junk.Fund. The items are sold for no more than R100 and monetary proceeds go the Social Project of the month. The items not sold are donated to a social impact project for further repurposing. If we find […]

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Astrid – Cakes and Bakes | September 2019

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Cakes and Bakes by Astrid aims to provide healthier homemade and confectionery bakes for any occasion. She creates these desserts for anyone, including diabetic-friendly and gluten-free. Astrid bakes for parties and events on weekends. She has been baking for 7 years but has officially been in business for 3 years. Share

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Date Night Beneficiaries | August 2019

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At our Date Night in August, we had 4 ladies each win a cash investment prize from Junk.Fund worth R1000. These ladies had to be brave and pitch their business for 30 seconds in front of our billionaire and all those in attendance. Sonwabise Sifo – The Girls Next Door CPT, designs clothing for young […]

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Denise Collins – Amber Connext | July 2019

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Amber Connext came about after finding herself unemployed after years in the recruitment industry. Seeing candidates struggling to present themselves on the level that recruiters and corporate companies expect, Denise took the opportunity in wanting to assist them with CV readiness and interview preparation. She wants to focus especially on candidates working in companies for […]

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Shirley Rogers – Fudgee Sensations | June 2019

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Shirley Rogers is 41 years old from Kewtown, Athlone. She describes herself as an ordinary woman. She does not come from an entrepreneurial background, however, RLabs Women inspired her to pursue the business. She started her business so that she could have an extra income.    She came about the idea for Fudgee Sensations when […]

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Mellissa Abels – Bonteheuwel Central Athletics Club | July 2019

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Mellissa Abels, is from Bonteheuwel. She is the secretary of Bonteheuwel Central Athletics Club (BCAC). Her project targets youth between ages 8 to 20. She decided to apply as a Junk.Fund beneficiary because she wants to accommodate more athletes. The club was started as a way to expose kids to a positive lifestyle that comes […]

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Pricilla Martin GHFC | August 2019

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I am Pricilla Martin from Lost City Mitchells Plain. Our project was to provide soup to the underprivileged. We are running a soup kitchen and it is a bit difficult for us to work out of our own pockets.    It is sad to see how many people go to bed hungry and are unable […]

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Melissa Johnson – Nyuki Management Consulting | March 2019

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Melissa Johnson, 38, is an awesome entrepreneur originally from Alicedale. She has been married for 14 years and has 3 children. She comes from a family of 6, with 4 siblings and her parents. She has 6 years of customer care experience, both in person and on the phone. She has achieved a little bit […]

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Junk.Fund Launch | 24 April 2019

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RLabs Women hosted an event where we welcomed over 60 female entrepreneurs to laugh, engage and network. It was an evening with lots of fun activities that motivated, inspired and got like minded women to connect with one another. We used this platform to launch Junk.Fund – our crowdfunding investment fund.  Junk.Fund raises capital through […]

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Udaa Beauty | February 2019

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Udaa Beauty helps to restore the confidence of women, by providing a selection of premium hair and nail treatments. Their target market is employed women aged 18-45, but they do accept people outside this demographic. Udaa Beauty’s clients pay for the services they want, either COD, monthly collections, or subscription. Shaudaa is the founder of […]

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Skin Goddess | February 2019

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The Skin Goddess is a representation of beauty within us. We create personalized henna designs that beautifully adorn its wearer, thereby enhancing and revealing the inner soul. Chesnay J Fortuin is currently 19 years of age. She grew up in Heideveld, Athlone, a suburb of Cape Town. She matriculated in 2016.   Chesnsay comes from […]

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Hannah’s Place of Saftey | February 2019

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Children are placed in Hannah’s Place of Safety via the Department of Social Development.  Our commitment to each child is to: Welcome each child with love and treat them as a member of our family. Provide medical, dental and emotional support to help them heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Ensure our home is warm and […]

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Geeky Moms | February 2019

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The Geeky Moms course was designed and created for ladies who would like to explore the digital, as well as the social media world. The Geeky Moms course will equip them with the background knowledge and skills needed to utilize digital devices and technologies, giving them an introduction to new Social Media Tools and how […]

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Legacy Proect | January 2019

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The Legacy project equips primary school learners with essentials such as stationery and uniforms. The project aims to restore dignity in a manner which makes the children feel included. It removes the barriers of insecurity and encourages them to participate in a way that will help them learn and grow as individuals. Legacy will make […]

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Hairmosphere | January 2019

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Life is not perfect but your hair can be. When asked if her family has any entrepreneurial experience, Arantxa, the 20-year-old from Lost City and founder of Hairmosphere, would mention her father being a boilermaker. Now she proudly speaks about her own investment in herself. Arantxa started modeling at the age of 10. At this […]

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Caption | November 2018

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Edwinah Allen, a 34-year-old creative part of the RLabs team, studied Somatology (beauty therapy) for 4 years and has about 5 years experience in the field. She had gone straight from matric to pursue further studies. Her father was a Pastor and her mother a housewife, so looking back she never had any entrepreneurial experience. […]

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Give With A Purpose | September 2018

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Melanie Beukes is a 25-year-old female, born and raised in Strandfontein. She matriculated in 2010, then studied Administration. As soon as she ended her studies she started working in retail. Her mother then introduced her to RLabs and in 2014 she then joined the organization. It all started for Melanie in June 2018. She was […]

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Boujee Socks | September 2018

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Justine Jooste is a 25-year-old female born and raised in Athlone. Matriculated in 2010 and has been at RLabs ever since. She does not come from an entrepreneurial background but she has a passion to inspire women in the Cape Flats to pursue their dreams and go through with their goals and dreams. Justine started […]

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Lindsey Tinsey | October 2018

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Lindsey, from Mitchells Plain, runs a blog called Lindsey Tinsey. She sees herself as an ordinary girl from the Cape Flats who doesn’t have a large number of followers and money but still has the opportunity to explore her own country. She started getting into blogging and journaling in high school around 2005/2006. She had […]

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