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Getting to know our Businesswoman of the Year 2021/2022 Marlene Smuts

Marlene grew up in a small town called Christiana on the border of the Free State, Northern Cape, and North West Province.  On asking what she wanted to be growing up, Marlene responded “I always wanted to be an actress, but now, I just want to be happy!”

What do you love about your business?

I love my business because I am able to provide a venue (and products) for people where they can create many happy and special memories.

What does family life look like?

I am married to Fanie, a commercial diver/distiller/entrepreneur/superhuman and mother of comedian Julian (9) and sweet, adorable Lilly (6).

How do you fill your cup?

My hobbies are crossword puzzles, watching TV, and having fun with my family.

What are you proud of?

I am proud of how much I have grown as a person in the last few years and of what we have accomplished – dreaming an idea into existence.

Your favourite quote?

My favourite quote/ saying is  “Adapt & Survive”.

If you could change anything it would be?

It would be the way people perceive one another. If everyone respected everyone else, then maybe just maybe we could live in a world of love instead of hate. If everyone could just get on with everyone else, then this could be a beautiful world.

What is your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is trying to do everything myself and not feeling comfortable asking for help – my delegation skills are a work in progress.

What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is that my kids will enjoy their lives and be happy humans doing good deeds and making a positive change in other people’s lives.  I don’t believe in LEAVING A LEGACY BEHIND – I want to LIVE a legacy of kindness, love and opportunity.

You can find more information about Harmony Distillery here https://harmonydistillery.co.za/

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