What drives me?
I have dedicated a lot of time and my life learning more about E-commerce. I even moved to China because of E-commerce. I Look up to Jack Ma who is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group. In 2015 I founded my own small online store called www.itemz.co,za which secured funding but eventually failed. I guess SA is not yet ready for Online Shopping. E-commerce In South Africa and the rest of Africa is still on its infancy stage, so I haven’t given up on Itemz.co.za, Infact we will be launching Itemz.co.za soon.
Learning a new Language
Dealing with another culture enables people to gain a more profound understanding of their own culture. Creativity is increased with the study of foreign languages. Graduates often cite foreign language courses as some of the most valuable courses in college because of the communication skills developed in the process.
Being culturally sensitive is key in our globalizing world. It is not enough to say “people from X country are like this.” It is important to look for underlying values that may explain a certain behavior in order to practice cultural sensitivity.Being aware of cultural values and norms is not only fascinating, but can help us understand international issues and conflicts, or even relate to the cultural norms of a foreign business partner.
People know me as this ‘POSITIVE’ person you can come across, but why it that so? Because I have an interest in personal development. Personality is not inherited rather it is developed. The process starts right from the student’s childhood. This personality is shaped afterwards on the basis of impact of various positive and negative factors in life. The importance of this understanding is that, one should always keep on improving his/her personality. In other words, if it is felt that there are some features in our personality that need to be worked upon, then it can be done.
Born in Johannesburg and now resides in China, Beijing, I am considered as one of the youngest Entrepreneurs and great thinkers from South Africa (CNBC AFRICA).
Founder of itemz.co.za, an e-commerce company that was nominated by Black Business Quarterly Awards for the NEW INNOVATIVE BUSINESS AWARD 2015 and also Founder of AmaHlubi.org, a website that is all about Hlubi people History.
I have worked with over 7 start-ups in South Africa and even managed to secure funding for for itemz.co.za from angel investors. I would say I am a self motivated person who has BIG dreams and really determined on achieving them. Basically I am more of a nerd haha, I have an interest in E-commerce and the development of South Africa and Africa as a whole. Read more about me and my journey on the blog page and get to know me better.
One of my newest skills that I am really proud of is being able to read and write Chinese Characters.
Being able to read and write Chinese is not enough, but I can also speak speak Chinese, not perfect but 'ABOVE AVERAGE'.
This is a skill that I have been trying hard to master. I have little experience in programming and currently majoring in it.
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siyabulela 赛博 Releni
My Favorite quotes
These are few of my favorite quotes from people that I look up to, they really get me going. When we find someone to look up to and admire, we are challenged, encouraged, and enlightened. We find a defense against harmful or trivial distractions. We are emboldened in our worthy pursuits. And we are better equipped to accomplish them.
I am very happy to be blogging to commemorate International Youth Day which happens to be on my Birthday. But before I start expressing what I think and feel what role young African should be playing on the continent and on the Global stage, I should at least Introduce myself; My name is Siyabulela Releni but here Read more about Youth Building Peace[…]
Life doesn’t always go in the direction we want it to. In difficult times you might find yourself asking questions like “Why me?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” These questions are an indication of the presence of the “Victim Mentality”. I was once a victim of life, having a lot of anger. Read more about I am a Victim of LIFE[…]
As I was scrolling Facebook, as usual, I came across an interesting article by Forbes. I thought I should share it because I feel a lot of woman dream of marrying a ‘CEO’. Here are the Pros and Cons of Marrying a CEO by FORBES. Samantha Daniels , In my Matchmaking business, Samantha’s Table, I work Read more about Pros And Cons Of Marrying A CEO[…]
Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a college student. By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land. Here is a list of the top 10 reasons to study abroad! 1. See the World The Read more about Why study abroad?[…]
So you wanna know where to start when learning Chinese, or how to gain momentum and push through to fluency? Read on, dear reader… Despite being only a mere mortal like yourself (in that I am not yet fluent in Chinese, – but it is only a matter of time) I am quite experienced in learning Read more about How to Learn Chinese Mandarin: Where to Start And How to Keep Going.[…]
since many Chinese people cannot really speak English, this is the time to begin learning Mandarin. If you can speak Mandarin you will be able to communicate with locals not just from China, but from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore as well, including chinese people living abroad. Speaking Mandarin is an asset and will open Read more about Why study Mandarin Chinese?[…]
Abakwa Hadebe (N.B) Qaphelani maHlubi amahle, ngisabhala, angikaqedi. Ayikavuthwa kahle hle lento ebhodweni. Kungenzeka ngilungise lapha nalaphaya. UMhlanga kaDlamini kaCebisa wazala uMusi owazala uMthimkhulu owazala uBusobengwe owazala uMashwabade owazala uMlotshwa owazala uHadebe UHadebe kaMlotshwa Izingane zikaHadebe: Mashiyi owazala uNtsele Dlomo owazala uMashiyi owazala uNomloyi [f] Xaba Mbongweni Musi UNtsele kaMashiyi Hadebe Izingane zikaNtsele: Bhungane m. Read more about Abakwa Hadebe[…]
Being motivated is a key part of being successful as an entrepreneur, and as such, it’s a subject that’s always fascinated me. Motivation comes from vision, goal setting, and celebrating small successes, but there’s more to it – there’s actually a science behind motivation. Psychology – Why is Motivation So Hard? In truth, it’s all in your Read more about The science of Motivation[…]