Tutu Fellow Ntombenhle Khathwane has been included on the Forbes 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2016 list. The Swazi-born entrepreneur is the founder of AfroBotanics, a Johannesburg-based company that makes ethnic hair and body-care products. The Forbes African entrepreneurs list began in 2011 and has featured several other Tutu Fellows since its inception.
It comprises African entrepreneurs below the age of 35 who are building thriving million-dollar businesses. The author of the article, Mfonobong Nsehe , said that there is greater competition to be on the list as there is an incredible wave of entrepreneurship that is transforming economies on the continent. Nsehe said young Africans are increasingly catching the entrepreneurial bug, creating remarkable businesses that are solving critical socio-economic problems while creating job opportunities and building considerable wealth. The people featured on the list include entrepreneurs building companies in food manufacturing, engineering, technology, hospitality, and other industries, and many have global ambitions.
Khathwane says that the inspiration for her company came from her grandmother, who shared some of her hair-care tips with Khathwane in which she used natural products. Khathwane then took that information and transformed it into AfroBotanics. The company has since added body care products to their product line-up.
The full list of African entrepreurs can be seen on the Forbes' website.