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Business Bytes, 2019-02 Edition

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In my world unicorns run freely, shops sell clouds, schools teach flying lessons, the sea is pink and tastes like candy floss, and businesses run upside down. I want to learn about running my own business, but I am only eleven, so my mom is helping me and making it fun. I come up with all sorts of ideas of things I want to make and sell, but often get bored with them so change my creations often. I sell my products at markets, via my website and now rent a shelf at a retail store. I am excited about using my imagination and creativity to bring happiness to others while making pocket money for myself and being eco-friendly of course! >> 



Onke Ngacu was born in Mthatha, the capital city of the former Transkei. She has now been living in East London for seven years.

Being inspired by a love to improve the lives around her, for the last 10 years she has been working at GIBB as a business developer, project manager, engineer’s representative and junior designer on mostly rural water supply projects.

Onke’s passion is in assisting others to be the best they can be hence being one of the founding members of Women in Engineering in the Amathole region. This initiative was born out of concern about the marginalisation of women in the engineering profession. This initiative continues to gain traction as it focuses on assisting on a one-to-one basis with registration, mentoring younger women engineers and offer career guidance for high school learners who pursue engineering as a career.

She recently did an interview with TruFM on behalf of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) educating the nation about engineering as a career of choice.

She continues to show her passion for community service by volunteering on SAICE (South African Institute of Civil Engineers) Amathole branch as chairperson for 2018. Onke is the first black woman appointed as chair for the SAICE Amathole region. Some of her functions as a chair include intervening in the accreditation of Walter Sisulu University, hosting the provincial Water and Bridge Competition but most of all the duty of the branch committee is to promote the interests of their members. This platform allows her to live her passion and purpose, giving freely of herself for the good of others.