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5 Minutes With Digital Entrepreneur Lerato Kgamanyane

We chat to digital entrepreneur and HellenRose founder Lerato Kgamanyane about her woman-centred work, her dream holiday spot and her hidden gems in Joburg.

Kashay Webb

The founder and 'Queen Mother' of a content platform called HellenRose, which is dedicated to and tailored for the engagements of women, Lerato Kgamanyane doubles as a lifestyle and fashion blogger, and digital entrepreneur.

'HellenRose is for women by women,' she says. 'We’ve grown so much in the past two years, and I’m very excited about what’s in store for 2019. We’re looking to expand and add more divisions to what we do, and are currently planning the 2019 Women & Wealth event – I hope women will anticipate it as much as they did the one we held in 2018.'

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5 Minutes With Digital Entrepreneur Lerato Kgamanyane

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I like what I do because I get to be the woman I always wanted to be as a little girl.

And what's the worst part of your job? 

When I experience a creative block. It’s such a pain because you’re backed into a corner and feel like you can’t save your work.

Any current obsessions on social media?

Videos of babies and toddlers eating lemons.

What's your number one hidden gem in Joburg's inner city?

The Carlton Centre’s 50th floor.

And what's the best view in South Africa?

It has to be the one from The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal.

What is the one thing no one should leave Joburg without trying?

A manicure and pedicure at The Loft Nail Bar in Dainfern.

How do you rest and recharge?

When I’m tired I sleep, and boy, do I love a good nap and night’s sleep.

What are your kitchen-cupboard staples?

Tabasco sauce, noodles and flavoured teas.

And what's your go-to comfort food?

Goat pepper soup with fufu. It’s a spicy West African dish, the best one being the Ghanaian version.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

It's always dependent on where I am in my life at the time. Right now, the best advice I’ve received is that life is a journey, and journeys require us to keep moving.

What do you always travel with?

An open mind. I’ve found that travelling with expectations limits your delving into the culture and spirit of the destination.

And what is the one place you have been to that you'll never forget?

Venice, Italy. It turned me into a storyteller.

What do you like to bring back from your travels?

I always bring back a new pair of shoes.

Where will you go to for your next dream holiday?

It's going to consist of learning how to cook Moroccan cuisine... and well!

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If money were no object, what would you treat yourself to?

Being the start of generational wealth for those to follow me in my family.

What are you reading at the moment?

'We’re Going to Need More Wine' by Gabrielle Union (please get it: it’s 264 pages of emotional charging!)

If you could change one thing about South Africa, what would it be?

Eliminating violence against women.

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