Everything you need to know about Skeem Saam’s newest face – Fundi Zwane

Everything you need to know about Skeem Saam’s newest face – Fundi Zwane

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It was only after launching her own fragrance and starting her own business that actress and producer Fundi Zwane realized the importance of modeling excellence to young Black women.

Here, the 35-year-old Port Shepstone native discusses what she’s learned since launching CAMAGU by Fundi Zwane, what it feels like to finally be comfortable in her own skin, and how she feels about being back on TV.
What are some of the biggest things you’ve learned since starting your own business?
“That you need to be resilient and set on your vision. Collaboration has been the backbone of how Phezulu-Phambili has been able to grow, so I really recommend teamwork.”
What advice would you give somebody starting out in business?
“To know WHY they are starting the business and to always go back to that why. It’s what will inform your business values and will help you be effective with your time. Understanding your WHY also gives you incredible insight into who you are as a business person.”

FUNDI ZWANEWhat’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“To know the difference between being a leader and being a boss. This has been life-changing advice that has stood me in good stead, I am always leading a formation on projects and it is always a meeting of incredible minds. When I am leading on a project, I know the value of bringing out the best in human resource capital because I’ve made it my business to lead and learn and not boss people around. This has allowed some of the most incredible business partnerships that I still get to enjoy to date.”
You’ve spoken before about modeling yourself for younger women as a Black business owner – why is that important to you?
“Because the narrative of Black women has been such a brutal one. I’m an advocate for young women being empowered as early as possible because there are spaces in the world that need our revolutionary touch.

“Our minds are needed in projects that are forming part of changing our global community for the better. It’s a great time to be alive as a Black woman but like I always say, we as black women need to be at the forefront of our own internal revolution first. We are taking up business space in exciting, innovative ways as Black women and it really is amazing to be part of it all.”

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Why do you think so many women are afraid to start a business?
“I think the fear of starting a business is not just about being a woman. I believe people (both male and female) are afraid to start businesses because of the risk factor involved and the amount of grit one has to have to stay buoyant in the hard seasons.

“Business is not for everyone, the dance between profit and integrity, innovation and start-up capital can be a very complex one for a lot of people but for those who have a flair for it, it could be life-changing.”
What do you wish you’d known when you were younger?
“How beautifully I’d come into my own skin with age. How much I’d come to live my own process and how I bring ideas and execute them. I’d have walked with even more confidence in the business space from a younger age.”