#WIB – Q&A With Kedibone Tsiloane CEO of Ramtsilo

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1. Can you please tell us more about your business?

A. We are a 100% black female (sisters) owned manufacturing business that is an active player in the circular economy, we recycle plastic waste which we use as an aggregate to manufacture bricks that are strong, durable, and fire retardant.

2. When, how, and why did you start your business?

A. The business started as a construction business, which was registered by our father given the passion we showed for his business. As a construction business, we looked for a black female-owned manufacturer of bricks in the mainstream economy, which we did not find. This is how we began to manufacture conventional cement bricks, as young dynamic women we wanted to produce a product that set us apart.

We began prototyping the use of plastics in the manufacturing of bricks after interacting with an elderly waste collector in the Freestate. After a year of prototyping we had a product that we were comfortable with which we took for testing… and as they say, the rest is history 🙂  

3. What is your role in the business?

A. I am the Chief Executive Officer, and I am responsible for driving the strategic direction of the business. 

4. Where did you study and what did you study?

A. I hold a Hons Degree as an Internal Auditor, I am a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors, and have a Postgraduate Degree in Business Administration.

5. How did you finance your business?

A. Mostly self-funded, I basically gave up most of my salary to the business initially. We also invested back into the business from the funds raised by the construction business.

6. Describe your average workday, if such a thing exists.

A. Shoo I don’t even know how because one day differs from the other. I normally sleep at around 2/3 am so I wake up after 8 on average, I try to do some desktop work by 11 then head to the gym. Thereafter I go to meetings (that’s if I don’t have morning meetings) till late. I am home by 8 pm, and spend time with family before getting back to desktop work.

7. How do you balance your home life and your work life?

A. At the present moment I do not know what work-life balance even means to be honest. But I do try to spend time with friends and family when we are not working on weekends.

8. What drives you and inspires you?

A. To see young women see that their dreams are valid. If I can do it, so can they.

9. Where and when do you have your best ideas?

A. Definitely between 00:30 – 02:00, sometimes also at the gym.

10. Where and how do you market/advertise your business for sales leads?

A. We market through social media, word of mouth, and attending construction seminars, and PR opportunities. Taking part in the Engen Pitch and Polish competition taught us a lot about pitching and how to leverage opportunities.  

11. What is next for your business?

A. Developing a national footprint.

12. What advice would you give to female entrepreneurs hoping to start their own businesses?

A. Entrepreneurship is not easy. Go in it knowing you are ready to give it you’re all.

For more visit: https://www.ramtsilo.com/

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