Yashmita Bhana, a businesswoman from Alberton on Gauteng’s East Rand, summited Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest point in December 2012 while she was eight weeks pregnant. Now Bhana was recently named as the 2016 Regional Business Achiever at the Business Woman’s Association’s (BWA) National Gala Awards.
Bhana was selected from two other nominees in this year’s entrepreneur category, which recognises businesswomen who have made significant contributions to their industries and have demonstrated a strong commitment to their community.
With over 15 years’ experience in project and programme management, Bhana has worked closely with clients across the information technology, civil, building, energy and government sectors. She graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with an M.Sc in Engineering and went on to earn an MBA at the GIBS.
“It is an honour not only to win, but just to be nominated in a category with such incredible business women,” said Bhana.
“These women are leaders in their industry and it is most humbling to be announced as the winner. I thank my team at Nihka Consulting for their hard work and dedication as well as The Innovator Trust for their support.”
The Kilimanjaro Climb: Yashmita climbed Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, to help what she described as something that is close to her heart – helping children. Two organisations benefited from Yashmita’s venture, St Mary’s Children’s Home and an alumni organisation of Glenhaven Secondary School in Verulam called Friends for Life Foundation, which raises money for matriculants to go to university. “I always wanted to help children and also help youngsters to gain experience in my consultation company,” she said. She attributed her success in climbing the mountain to her trainer, Hennie Pietersen from The Body Gym in Meyersdal. “I could always hear his voice of encouragement ‘push it’ when I was climbing,” remembered Yashmita.
They climbed the mountain for six and a half days, and it was between 12km and 45km a day. According to her the trip was tough, however, with necessary preparations, she managed to finish it.
Yashmita Bhana, Founder and MD, set up Nihka Consulting to solve complex business challenges and promote industry leadership with a systematic approach to innovation. A multidisciplinary team of strategic business consultants that collaborates with organisations to develop and implement forward-looking solutions that help drive a sustainable competitive advantage.
The BWA provides a platform for the inspiration and empowerment of women in business through a variety of initiatives and opportunities for personal growth and develop
According to Tashline Jooste, Chief Executive Officer at the Innovator Trust, an organisation that supports the growth of small black-owned ICT businesses in South Africa: “SMMEs play an increasingly important role in South Africa’s economy and development and we are extremely proud to have Nihka Consulting on our programme.”