In 2018 I completed a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Business Management with UNISA, and I am currently conducting research for a Master’s degree in the field of governance, specialising in public policy.
My life has not always been easy, but I use the challenges to strengthen me and to show others that your past circumstances do not define your future.
I grew up in a two-roomed shack in Kimberly, Northern Cape. My mother died of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses when I was seventeen, and since my father has never been present in my life, I consider myself to be an orphan. I became a mother to my firstborn when I was eighteen and am now a mother to two boys. Despite the odds stacked against me – or perhaps because of them – I am an entrepreneur, an advocate for women’s leadership, a social scientist and spiritual guide.
The African ideal of Ubuntu has directly influenced my progress and development. Through meeting compassionate people who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others, I managed to jump over hurdles that history has layered in my path. It is only thanks to the help of others and my willingness to work hard that I have been able to achieve anything of note. My life demonstrates that the challenges of structural inequalities and pervasive poverty can be overcome.
When I was nineteen, I enrolled for a certificate in Marketing Management at the University of South Africa (UNISA.) While I was studying, I also started working for a small civil engineering company as a receptionist. I went on to join a small inbound tour operator as an assistant to the travel consultants; that was when my career in inbound travel started. Due to my strong work ethic and my willingness to learn, I was promoted within six months of joining the company. I later worked for companies such as The Forum (with fantastic leadership from Glynis Hyslop), and Tsogo Sun (one of South Africa’s largest hotel and casino groups) where I was mentored by its then Group Sales Director, Jackie Williams.
During my years in corporate, I enrolled for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with the Regenesys Business School. It was demanding juggling work, motherhood and my studies, but I was determined to succeed.
In 2012, I established the MontseM Foundation (MM Foundation). I started the foundation because I identified a need to give hope to the many people of South Africa who live in dire conditions such as the environment in which I grew up. The aim of the foundation is to work in partnership with NGOs and communities to create sustainable development programmes.
I have always been a believer in the power of education and so I have been relentless in my pursuit of it. In 2018 I completed a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Business Management with UNISA, and I am currently conducting research for a Master’s degree in the field of governance, specialising in public policy. My research focuses on women’s social entrepreneurship and how it is a bridge to economic growth and development.
After more than eight years of corporate employment, I followed my entrepreneurial passion by starting a boutique luxury travel company that I later sold to a family business. I then became a franchisee of one of the biggest fast-food restaurants in South Africa.
Firmly bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, I subsequently established Tea Tree & CO, an interior design and homeware retail brand. The company serviced impeccable hospitality brands such as Legacy Hotels & Resorts, Michelangelo Hotel and the Da Vinci Hotel and Suites. This top-level clientele is a testament to Tea Tree & CO’s high-end service standard. Due to the severe impact of COVID-19, we decided to to close Tea Tree & CO; nonetheless, we continue to march on.
With vast practical experience in social entrepreneurship, a B. Com (Hons) and Masters of Management (MM), I have extensive professional experience in non-profit management and social science consulting at an executive level. I also have a wide range of skills as a result of my involvement with the MM Foundation and other commercial enterprises that have a social entrepreneurship element. My experience includes sitting on the boards of NGOs boards such as Colour Me Africa (a USA-based organisation that supports, cultivates and promotes the diverse contribution of Africa in the arts) and JAGuild (Johannesburg Artists’ Guild) which is also focused on the development of African artists.
Under the supervision of Dr Chelete Monyane, an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, I have participated in research and discussions on The Hybrid Human Rights-based Development Evaluation Methodology organised by the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.
I provide consulting services to non-profits on programme development, strategic planning, board governance, development and transformation. I am proficient at public presentations and workshop facilitation, and I have produced institutional and strategic plans. My consulting, workshop facilitating, and advisory services are also available to religious, governmental, and international sectors.
I specialise in providing quality consulting services on social science topics. Using a network of qualified social scientists, I create teams to respond to the unique needs of specific projects. The researchers I work with are affiliated with academic institutions and are respected professionals in their respective fields of study.
Conscious Feminine Conversations is an initiative centred around giving women the opportunity to be transparent about their life challenges in a safe environment and receive feedback from other women on how to change their situations for the better. This space allows women to express themselves and tell their life stories through implementing consciousness, self-awareness and learning. Through this initiative they learn to embrace their vulnerabilities as the strengths that they are. Ultimately, the goal is for women to build up each other.
We gather and discuss anything, and everything encompassed in womanhood. Topics include, but are not limited to, self-care, sacred sexuality, emotional health, motherhood, spirituality and consciousness. There are no restrictions on what may be discussed. Under this umbrella women come together and create magic, heal, make positive connections and nurture a sacred sisterhood where everyone can share their wisdom, voice and heart without any judgement.
Under the guidance of the divine blessings of the higher powers, through psychic mediumship I connect and communicate with spirit for healing and light work. Many of us have questions – we want clarity about a particular situation, or we just need confirmation about what we already know. I act as a channel for your guides, angels and spirits to provide answers, clarity, healing and validation, and to help you gain a sense of peace and understanding.
We offer deep emotional processing, trauma healing and holistic spiritual counselling.
Deep emotional processing involves resolving old emotional pain through intimate one-to-one interactions that are designed to address individual holistic needs. We use compassionate dialogue and various techniques such as meditation, energy work, herbal/plant medicine and other holistic tools tailored to your intuitive needs, always prioritising your values. Through these in-depth sessions we help you identify emotional blocks, shed old layers that no longer serve your growth, and communicate with the deeper layers of the self. Together we find clarity and discover new meanings that can lead you to more freedom while strengthening your connection to the Higher Being.
“I have always been a believer in the power of education and so I have been relentless in my pursuit of it. ”
My name is Mmabatho Montse, daughter of Motshidisi Montse. I was raised by my mother in a small town called Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. I turned 30 on September, 05th 2018. I am a mother of two beautiful boys aged, 12 and 3. I hold two degrees in the field of Business Administration, and I have committed to studying towards a master’s in management (Public Policy) in 2019.
- Blog Writing
- Social Scientist
- Woman’s Leadership
When I was nineteen, I enrolled for a certificate in Marketing Management at the University of South Africa (UNISA.)