Sharon Rapetswa

  • Founder, Triple Shine Foundation
  • South Africa

Sharon is an entrepreneur living in Pretoria, South Africa, who seeks to promote the welfare of others through her work. She is an experienced businesswoman that has successfully started multiple social enterprises. During her time as a student at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, she founded her first social enterprise, Ilitha Leseding Foundation, serving as project and operations director. Established in 2009, the foundation works with high schools around the Western Cape providing career workshops and helping students navigate tertiary education opportunities. Upon graduation from University, Sharon founded her second social enterprise, New Dawn Foundation, in Pretoria. This foundation in partnership with the Department of Basic Education established the first spelling bee in South Africa and created a board game that incorporates vocabulary words from the national curriculum so that students can practice for spelling bees. In 2014, Sharon started her first business by venturing into the restaurant industry with her own establishment, Weekend Special. This experience lead Sharon to recognize her passion for helping small businesses reach their potential. Licensed in 2016, Sharon Consulting works with small businesses and startups on marketing, branding agents, corporate gifting, and business plans. Sharon finally established Triple Shine in 2016 operating in the South African province Limpopo. The social enterprise was founded because of Sharon’s passion for rural development and empowering women and youth. Triple Shine has grown to include 10 micro franchises and 12 individual sellers. Sharon is looking to further expand and provide last mile distribution across Limpopo and beyond. Triple Shine is named after Sharon’s young triplets.