Mam Angie on how to strike a balance

Businesswoman and community worker Angie Makwetla is a perfect example of how women can juggle professional and personal roles without losing their sanity.

Businesswoman and community worker Angie Makwetla is a perfect example of how women can juggle professional and personal roles without losing their sanity.

Describing herself as an entrepreneur, a wife, mother, sister-in-law and aunt, "Mam Angie", as she is fondly called by those who know her, said the trick was simple: remain humble at all times.

Speaking at Sowetan's women's club gathering at the Turffontein Racecourse last Thursday, Mam Angie had her audience in stitches as she shared tips on balancing family and work and staying on top of the game.

With an entrepreneurial career spanning more than two decades, Mam Angie said she was where she is today because she had learnt to delegate and outsource.

"Get other people to assist you," she said, adding that she achieved this by bringing in her two sons to help run her business, Makwetla & Associates, a company specialising in public relations, event management, community development and sponsorships.

Touching on the importance of outsourcing, she said: "As a professional woman you don't have time to do everything on your own.

"If, for instance, you have to attend a family gathering and you do not get a chance to do the baking, order buckets of cakes, take them to your in-laws and pretend you did the baking," she said to peals of laughter.

"Not only will your husband love you but your sisters-in-law as well."

Mam Angie pointed out that while she has met challenges along the way, she has learnt not to dwell on the negatives.

"My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

"I'm just a simple sinner who receives God's grace, somehow," she said.

She urged women to constantly seek self-empowerment.

"Ask yourself questions about your life. Have a sense of strength and control of your life. Take full responsibility for your life and no longer blame others or circumstances for your situation," she said.

Mam Angie said women needed to constantly re-examine themselves personally and professionally.

"The best way to improve our organisations is by improving ourselves.

"It is also important to write down our own mission statements and live by them," she said.

Mam Angie's tips for personal success:

lBe responsible for your own destiny;

lTake responsibility for your own success;

lEmpower those below you;

lLive, love and leave a legacy; and

lBecome an authentic leader.

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