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Swahili for “abundance” or “plenty”

 

FRANS PIENAAR | ENTREPRENEUR AND OWNER

We can always find reasons to complain and disrespect how much we actually have, especially in challenging circumstances. WINGI reminds me to approach life with an attitude of abundance: to rather focus on everything I already have instead of getting hung up on what I do not have. No matter how stark the situation, there is always something to be grateful for, and it is empowering to place one’s focus on these things rather than on what is lacking.

Being thankful helps us to recognise the good in our lives, which leads to the release of positive hormones (endorphins, I think), which in turn causes us to be more positive. What a wonderful  up-cycle! It is the exact opposite of the spiral of depression and defeat that can so easily entrap us, and it gives us the courage to take risks and to believe that growth is possible.

A mindset of abundance counters a victim mentality and a spirit of dependence.  It re-orients our focus from external factors that are usually not under our control to the things that we can control. The clever people tell us to start with what we have. Focusing on expanding the little that we have can lead to an easy win early on, which will motivate us to attempt more.

Many people talk about the power of positive thinking. Sometimes this leads us to believe that we have to lie to ourselves about reality so that we can become more positive.  This is not the case: start with what you have and build on that. Work with what you can control and go after small victories in these areas. This is abundance and abundant life. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Or to put it another way: ”The best way to begin, is to begin.”

I am a civil engineer with a strong background in construction, and in growing businesses across Africa. I currently act as business advisor to several businesses and manage investments in property, manufacturing, building and hardware retail.

I serve on the boards of Challenge Ministries and Bulembu, non-profits in Swaziland with a vision to transform the nation through community upliftment. I also serve on the board of Swazi Airways.

BUSINESSES

For over ten years Nkonyeni Pre-Cast has been manufacturing and distributing concrete blocks, bricks, pavers and roof tiles. NPC provides high quality concrete building products to clients in Eswatini and South Africa. It is this emphasis on quality which provides NPC with an edge over its competitors. All our roof tile products are SABS approved. For more on Nkonyeni Pre-Cast, click here.

Construction Solutions is a construction management and services company. CS’s expertise ranges from industrial development, residential developments, shopping centres, paving and earthworks. Through a unique combination of value engineering, construction and design disciplines and expertise, CS delivers world class infrastructure solutions to customers and stakeholders. We leverage this competence and expertise to deliver major projects in rural and urban settings, as well as high-growth in markets of developing areas. For more on Construction Solutions, click here.

Hardware Solutions provides quality building and hardware materials, as well as technical solutions, to clients in Eswatini. The company’s philosophy, building together, represents the importance we place on genuine partnerships with our customers. It is our commitment to respond to our customers’ needs through unmatched customer service, outstanding quality and new & exciting range of products. For more on Hardware Solutions, click here.

Printing Solutions provides a vast range of printing services at competitive prices and premium quality.  This Eswatini-based company was formed by a group of likeminded people who noticed the need for a wider scope of innovation, coupled with excellent customer service. Products include both indoor and outdoor printing options, including signage, stationery, retail and store branding, fleet branding, and in-store marketing solutions. For more on Printing Solutions, click here.

Bushbaby Lodge is a tranquil haven in beautiful surroundings, while still being close to a variety of activities. Situated on Nkonyeni Golf Estate, Bushbaby is a prime destination for golfers and non-golfers alike. Nkonyeni boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, as well as a tennis court, squash court and a swimming pool, a spa that offers various kinds of massages and beauty treatments, and an a-la-carte restaurant. Nature lovers can also enjoy hiking, birdwatching and cycling on site and in the surrounding areas. For more on Bushbaby Lodge, click here.

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