Letty Ngobeni, Property Point graduate, and founder and CEO of Integrico, has been named Business Woman of Year in the Entrepreneur category of the Gauteng regional finals of the 2017 SA Women in Property Awards.
Property Point, a Growthpoint Properties initiative, is transforming the South African economy and society by building sustainable small businesses working in the property industry.
Ngobeni is a graduate of its enterprise and supplier development programme.
The Gauteng regional awards were presented on 31 August 2017 and the national winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Johannesburg in October.
An entrepreneur from the age of 12, Ngobeni is also a former secondary school teacher, specialising in business economics, accounting and organisational management. It has provided her with an exceptional grounding in business and a love for it. What’s more, it has entrenched in her a deep passion for learning, and she continues to embrace the resources provided by Property Point to build and grow her company.
“We are delighted for Letty and incredibly proud of her achievements.Property Point is passionate about building small businesses and helping entrepreneurs succeed. She is an amazing success story and is a testament to what can be achieved when big business and small business work together,” says Shawn Theunissen, Growthpoint Properties Head of Property Point and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility.
“I am humbled and honoured to be part of the Property Point family. I am thankful for all the mentorship, support, guidance and opportunities that Property Point is continually opening for me. Thank you for believing in me,” says Ngobeni.
“At Integrico we understand that your company’s property has far more than just a monetary value; it is a living extension of your brand, serving your employees and customers. That is why we care for it as if it were our own.
Integrico is a 100% black woman-owned business that understands its responsibility for job creation and empowerment. No matter the size or location of a project, it seeks opportunities to include and up-skill members of the local community, wherever possible.
Ngobeni says that one of the most important lessons she has learned on her business journey so far is that your background doesn’t define who you are, and your destiny. Rather, faith in God, hard work, perseverance and focus does.
“I don’t believe in victims, only victors. Don’t grant poverty the authority to define your destiny. You were made for greatness. There is no champion without a fight, the obstacles you face are the stepping stones that are guiding you to your great destiny.”
Property Point has been a catalyst for transformation within the South African property industry since it was founded by Growthpoint in 2008.