Zohra Khan founder of ZK Rooftile Manufectures takes the time to share about her entrepreneurial journey and the role IDC has played in growing her business.
When did you run your first business and how was the experience?
In 1975, with the help of my father, I opened a General Dealer store in Marobala village near Polokwane, and in 1996 I opened a company called Etsoseng Developers. It was the first time an Indian female entered the construction industry in Limpopo. It presented its fair challenges.
How did you come up with the idea for your start-up business?
It was my youngest son’s idea, he did his feasibility and it made business sense to me, and ZK Rooftile was started.
Where do you see your business in the next ten years?
We would like to expand to other areas of Limpopo such as Burgersfort and Venda.
What is the impact of IDC’s financial support on your business?
We came with an idea and IDC is making it possible. The value of IDC’s support cannot be expressed enough in words. To IDC, big ups and thank you.
Do you think we have enough women owning and running businesses in South Africa?
Over the years, many women have entered the world of business and made meaningful contributions, but there is still room for more.
How did you learn about the IDC?
Through the media.
How many people do you expect your start-up business to employ?
Once operations start, we will need around 40 employees.
What advice would you give to women who are planning to start their
Don’t hesitate, start today and commit 150%. There will be lots of challenges but if are open- minded and believe in yourself, you should come out a better person with a stable business.
Your general message to women of South Africa in this women’s month?
Enter into any industry you want, love what you do and let your passion pave your path to success.
How has Covid19 affected your business operations?
It has slowed our progress down tremendously, but it’s important to conform to government regulations as it will help save lives. This is a humanitarian issue where everyone has to play a role.