Article on Carol Nake

Getting to know our Presidential Award Winner 2021/2022 Carol Nake

Carol grew up in a small village called Ronaldsey near Hazyview on the way to Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, raised by a single parent with six children, Carol is baby number two. We asked what she always wanted to be, and she answered

“I wanted to be a medical doctor when I was a child, unfortunately, my mother passed on when I was young at a very tender age. Due to financial constraints to further my studies, my dream of becoming a doctor was left behind. I had a hope that one of my kids may be a medical doctor which did not happen, due to their own career choices.”

What do you love about your business?

Based on my previous circumstances, where I grew up without a shelter to call it home, I longed for people to pay us a visit and host them. All that did not happen due to my poor background. So I started by doing catering, grass cutting and office cleaning in corporate sectors, then got the opportunity to rent two guest houses in Nelspruit which triggered my passion for hospitality and tourism. The business I am currently running which is Tinyiko Kruger Lodge is based in Marloth Park bordering KNP.  It affords me an opportunity to interact with people in hospitality, it is not all about money. It is about people and providing an excellent hospitality experience.

What does family life look like?

I am a single mother of two adult children. My son aged 33 and daughter aged 30. They are both married and have kids, each has a daughter – this makes me the happy grandmother of two!

How do you fill your cup?

I like listening to gospel and country music, and also like reading motivational and novel books.

What are you proud of?

I am proud of all my achievements and where I am today and especially considering where I came from. I did not want my past situation to determine my future

Carol’s Favourite Quote

It is by Nelson Mandela “ Everyone can rise above the circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated and passionate about what they do”

If I could change anything it would be?

Our country is bleeding with high levels of crime including gender-based violence specifically the killing of women and abuse of young girls. Harsh decisions have to be taken to eradicate these brutal killings of women and young girls.  So my change would be to bring back the death penalty.

What is your biggest challenge?

It is the survival of business during this pandemic of covid -19, the pandemic hit the tourism industry so hard which resulted in my business suffering a loss of income that I need to keep my business running. I was faced with bills, no money to pay bills and pay staff salaries.  I ended up negotiating with the local municipality to pay at a later stage.

What is your biggest dream?

Is to see my business grow and find myself, as an African woman, owning a big international hotel group called Tinyiko  Hotel Group. I also want to empower more young women in tourism and eradicate poverty and reduce the unemployment rate.

I believe if I empower a woman I empower a nation. This is the legacy I would like to leave.

You can find more information about Tinyiko Krurger Lodge here

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