Meet Siyanda Sabelo Dlamini, the 36-year-old owner of the Regency, a luxury hotel in the heart of Menlyn, Pretoria which launched in 2018.
Empowering The Youth
“I wanted to empower young people. My staff is predominantly youth under the age of 35. I’m the oldest one, I’m 36 already (laughs).”
Siyanda believes in giving equal opportunities to SA’s youth, regardless of their experience. “For every three people that came with experience and skill, I employed one without experience so that they can learn from the other three and we pair them accordingly.” He says. “I believe that you don’t necessarily have to go to varsity to get the job done. Getting the right mentorship and coaching, day-to-day will get the job done.”
Before The Regency
Before starting the Regency, Siyanda had a comfortable and secure job. “Before the Regency, I was a director in another hotel group and I left that to start the Regency. I’ve only been full-force in entrepreneurship for one year. ”
The businessman attributes his success to his ability to stay calm in not so favourable situations. “Personality-wise, I’m very chilled by nature. I don’t panic easily. I always remain calm. I always work on the next thing. Whenever I had a bad day, I go home and regroup the next day.” He believes that most people give up too soon. “Most of us fail one day and we give up. I’ve had months when things were tough.”
On Leaving His Job!
He had full confidence that all will work out at the end. “I wasn’t worried when I left my previous position. When you take a risk and can bet on yourself, you have got no worries. I was so focused on what I had to that I didn’t pay attention to the worry. I knew I wasn’t going to let it fail. I wasn’t afraid,” he boldly expressed.