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Celebrating Youth Entrepreneurship: The Inspiring Journey of Cynthia’s Hive Estate

June is a month of reflection and celebration for South Africa, especially as we honour Youth Day on June 16th. As part of this celebration, KZN Tourism & Film Authority (KZNTAFA), formerly known as Tourism KZN is proud to profile youth entrepreneurs who are making significant strides in their communities. One such entrepreneur is Philisiwe Gumede, the visionary behind Cynthia’s Hive Estate in KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal.

Nestled amidst the serene bush and sugar cane fields, Cynthia’s Hive Estate is a unique farmbased venue that offers a blend of tranquility and functionality. The estate provides an ideal escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, allowing guests to immerse themselves in nature.

The inspiration behind Cynthia’s Hive Estate stems from Philisiwe’s desire to create a sustainable and eco-friendly community that harmonizes modern living with nature. The estate is a labour of love, allowing her to share its beauty with others during significant life events such as weddings. Despite facing financial challenges and the struggle to acquire necessary equipment, Philisiwe’s perseverance paid off. She meticulously saved money to build and develop the estate, turning her vision into reality.

For Philisiwe, being an entrepreneur means embracing the roles of creator, innovator, and risktaker. It involves identifying opportunities, crafting solutions, and taking the initiative to bring ideas to fruition. Entrepreneurship is driven by a vision, a passion to solve problems, and a desire to make a positive impact. This journey has been marked by continuous learning, resilience, and adaptability.

Cynthia’s Hive Estate is a testament to this entrepreneurial spirit. Transforming a bushy area into a tranquil haven has been a rewarding experience, allowing Philisiwe to host diverse events and engage in meaningful conversations about economic growth and social change. The tangible impact of her efforts brings a profound sense of accomplishment.

As we celebrate Youth Day, Philisiwe reflects on the resilience, strength, and potential of young people. For Philisiwe, Youth Day is not just a day of remembrance but a call to action. It underscores the need to invest in the youth, providing them with the tools, opportunities, and support they need to succeed. At Cynthia’s Hive Estate, this belief is at the core of their mission. The estate is committed to empowering young people by supporting their events and community engagement initiatives, nurturing their talents, and providing a platform for their voices to be heard.

Find out more about this establishment by visiting their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cynthiashiveestate/
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