Portia Keletliwe is a Curriculum Specialist at one of the Big Four Banks in South Africa. She is the Managing Director of Portia Kel (Pty) Ltd, a book and accessories distributor which she recently turned into an online bookstore. She prefers to be known as a writer, poet, motivational speaker and an author of let’s heal: no more games.

I am waiting for confirmation of yet another Africans gala evening event which is scheduled for the 14th of November 2015. I could be one of the speakers once again (I would rather not mention it until it is confirmed).
Portia Keletliwe is a Curriculum Specialist at one of the Big Four Banks in South Africa. She is the Managing Director of Portia Kel (Pty) Ltd, a book and accessories distributor which she recently turned into an online bookstore. She prefers to be known as a writer, poet, motivational speaker and an author of [let’s heal: no more games.]
I am waiting for confirmation of yet another Africans gala evening event which is scheduled for the 14th of November 2015. I could be one of the speakers once again (I would rather not mention it until it is confirmed).
I am the author of “Let’s heal: no more games”, a motivational speaker and a poet. I love knitting scarves and have decided to rather transfer the skill to other women because I can never seem to stop myself from knitting a scarf until it is complete! I am a single mother of two great boys and I am a business woman.
WHAT FUELS ME IN THREE WORDS?
Audacity – I will always come out of a challenging situation victoriously.
Faith – believing that things not yet seen are in existence. I have achieved many of my dreams through faith.
Respect is what connects me to others and lack of it makes me switch off.
THE GREATEST AND MOST PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON YOU?
My mother’s determination has transferred over to me. She is a nurse who has a passion for business and she will never stop until she achieves what she aims to achieve despite challenges.

THREE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE MY ROLE MODELS ARE….
Tryphina Keletliwe – She is my mother and a woman who continues to strive for a better life even in her old age. When I was nine years old, my mother went back to school to complete her matric even though she was already working as a nurse and even though I was attending a primary school nearby.
Khanyi Dhlomo – Founder of Ndalo Media +Sheena Adams   and Founding Editor of Destiny Magazine. Khanyi went to further her studies and started a very successful business after going through a divorce. I remember reading about her studying towards an MBA overseas and soon after that she was back in the country, starting her own business.
Funeka Montjane – CE of Standard Bank personal and business banking, arguably the third most powerful female executive in South Africa according to an article written in 2013. She became a CE at a young age of 34 and I remember reading a story about her humble beginning. I quote: “I wanted to study to get out of poverty. I wanted to be a CA at age 11.”
IN FIVE YEARS I WILL:

I want a couple of product owners to feel good about having made a decision to let me sell their products through seeing an improvement in sales. I have challenged the consultants who are starting off without any products to have created their own products within three years so that we can sell their products via the online store. I want  Portia kel to be the shop that continues to showcase skill and talent while the rest of the bigger shops make it almost impossible. Most importantly, I want to enable African products to be sold across the globe. I have a friend who serves as my accountability manager.
THE AFRICAN WOMAN’S CHALLENGE:
African women often struggle to be recognized as partners in relationships and in the workplace. I first want to create self-love awareness because once a person is aware of self-love; the same love can be used as a barometer of goodness and wrongdoing. Women can rise above all and make things happen!

I UNWIND …..
I sleep. Very often I feel like I don’t get enough hours of sleep and I do my best to get some long hours of sleep on Saturdays whenever I don’t have other engagements. I try to read other things not related to my work in my spare time; reading is a part of my daily bread at work because I am forever writing and conducting quality assurance. When things get out of hand, I go for a massage otherwise I just listen to some Gospel music. I enjoy chatting and I often speak about almost everything and I also listen to the radio while driving. I would love to watch more movies…
 My   –   I.C.E. [INSPIRE|CELEBRATE|EMPOWER] Vision
The African woman should be inspired to understand the true meaning of love and celebrated for her achievements and be empowered to do even greater things through the right platforms.
MY AFRICAN UNION PLANS:
If I had the privilege to work in the Africa Union I would want to be responsible for training (I am a qualified and experienced facilitator). I would choose to focus on matters that will empower a woman holistically. Having survived abuse at an early age (something that the world does not know about me), I would want to encourage women to stand up make a difference in the world they live in.
Final Words of Advice:
I would share the following poem:
The beauty of a woman
A woman is so powerful; so amazing and so beautiful!
The question is: Do we always see that as women?
Do we walk as women who are beautiful; who deserve happiness?
Do we know how to find peace?
Do we know how to live fulfilling lives and have joy in our lives?
Woman, you are beautiful!
Stop looking down on yourself, stop looking down on others.
And don’t let anyone tell that you are not good enough.
Don’t look at your mistakes and allow your mistakes block you from moving on.
Show me one person on earth who says “I have never made a mistake” and is being truthful about it.
Show me any successful person who says “I’m so perfect, I never make mistakes, and I always do the right things at the right time”; then I will know that that is the kind of person I will never come across in my lifetime.
I have met many people who are successful. People are human beings and human beings make mistakes. So, do not look down on yourself. Do not be a stumbling block to your success. We are all on earth for a purpose. Walk within your purpose. Walk within the reason you are alive. Discover what it is that you are born to do.
Woman, love yourself; woman, walk gracefully in your walk. Stand Up, get up and do what you are supposed to do! Move this world; shake this world. Do the things that you are supposed to do, no matter how small or big they are.

Let’s heal: no more games _ Portia Keletliwe