Meet Lisa Bhembe
“Lisa Nokulunga Bhembe is a seasoned entrepreneur, executive and social responsibility champion. Nothing short of a bonafide Afrocentric creative thinker, Lisa is ever ready to explore her passions and talents to realise her vision; to see the development of Africa both economically and socially.
Raised in Eswatini as an only daughter, she became a recognisable force in male-dominated industries. Lisa is the founder and CEO of SM4RT Holdings, a female-led company with a dual focus on the oil and gas and information communication technology industry. She brings to any table considerable experience in Aviation, Energy, and Information Communication Technology. She has had the pleasure of working with brands like Sasol, Shell, Puma, SNC Lavilan, liquid telecoms, Vodacom, MTN, and DFA.
Lisa, a former flight attendant, kicked off her career in entrepreneurship while pursuing her tertiary education at the University of Johannesburg, where she launched her first business, a cleaning company. Endowed with a sharp eye for gaps in the market, she moved on to make her mark in aviation, leaving her brave female footprint. Lisa gave her time and energy serving as a member of the Global Hub team, a team mandated to rebuild Eswatini’s national airline (then Swazi Airways).
across multiple disciplines. She spent six years in telecommunications and thoroughly enjoyed her tenure as a team leader, working with IT engineers and contractors. Lisa is a former Young CEO business forum Global team member, Southern African Parther, Where they organised entrepreneurship events worldwide.
In 2018, Women in Tech ZA recognised her as “Women in Tech of the Month”.
In 2020, she was selected and invited as a judge for Africa Tech Week 13-14 May 2020.
In the same year, she was featured in the CEO magazine volume 20, issued by the CEO Global group.”
Oh yes, that’s me; after achieving so much in my life, I still felt empty and unsatisfied, to the point where I downplayed all my achievements. I have ventured into different businesses for many years to find my voice and passion; for some, this comes easy, but for others, it’s quite a journey. Little did I know I already had a passion, but I never thought it would be that simple.
We turn to look outside of ourselves for answers but looking inwards, that’s where the magic is. For a while, I felt lost and hoped that someone would come and save me, but that never happened; during this time of being lost mentally and spiritually, I realised that the kind of businesses I was involved in didn’t help me find myself; instead, they were digging the hole even deeper. Until I take the first step into healing my body, mind, and spirit, I will never meet the version of myself I want to become; it is during this time that healing began.
Physical healing begins with what you put in your body; mental healing begins with what you watch and listens to; financial healing begins with what you do every day towards your goals or dreams; Spiritual healing beings with what you feed your spirit and soul. Being a mother has tested my mental health and opened my eyes to holistic wellness and being health conscious. Motherhood is a journey that requires strength not just physically but emotionally and spiritually as well as mentally.
My journey as a mother, alongside the strong views on a holistic approach to life (Spirit, Soul and Body), birthed my most recent venture, “Jannis”, a business that helps educate, supports and inspire high-performing businessmen and women to achieve more than just careers success, but to pursue a holistic wellness lifestyle.
It is lovely meeting you,
Stay Tuned. Stay Blessed. Stay Fabulous.
“Your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change.”Jim Rohn