Since it is Women’s Month, Silverstar Casino decided to introduce some of the great women who work at the complex to the West Rand public. The third in the series is the Events Co-ordinator, Nomthandazo Mbatha.
• Describe your day-to-day role
My day starts with checking and updating the ticket sales on all the events we have coming up at Silverstar. I map out the finer details of each specific event/ activation, ensuring that all Silverstar management and our external stakeholders are informed about what is happening on site, so that I can go about making the necessary preparations (sourcing and submitting quotes, briefing internal and external stakeholders) for an upcoming event.
• What is the most challenging aspect of your position?
Well, I have only recently been appointed as an Events Co-ordinator – I was previously a Marketing Graduate at Silverstar. Because I strive to do my job to the best of my ability, I can become a little anxious when I am required to manage an event on my own. I am a person that always likes everything to go according to plan so I try to plan for all the possible issues which may crop up so that I execute a successful event. I am still in the learning process.
• What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
The most rewarding part of my job is pulling off an event or activation successfully. This means that our guests are entertained beyond their expectations.
• How do you strive for the elusive work/ life balance?
I try my absolute best to plan my work well in advance so that I can resolve any ‘red flags’ that may crop up. Good planning and keeping track of what I am busy with goes a long way towards ensuring I can achieve a good work/life balance – I won’t feel too overwhelmed at work and I won’t stress about work when I am at home.
• Describe the most memorable moment during your time working at Silverstar
When I executed and managed the Skhumba event in June 2018 for the very first time without my boss, Nadia Godridge, who is the Events Manager. I was sweating bullets but the event was a great success and I even received recognition from our Marketing Manager, Sanele Ntombela, on Facebook … that was very special to me.
• Who would you say has been most influential during your career?
My parents, especially my Dad. They have always encouraged me to further my studies. My parents always encouraged education in order for me to find a good job once I started working.
• As you look back on your career, what was the most painful lesson you were required to learn?
The most painful lesson has definitely been patience. I graduated in 2013 with my National Diploma in Public Relations and was having a hard time securing permanent employment. I was advised to go back to school, which I was totally against, because I so desperately wanted to work and become independent. I went back to school in 2014 and studied for another three years and obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications – and here I am today!
• Share your biggest epiphanies – the moments of life-defining change that shaped you into the person you are today
While I was at school, I was taught that if you study, you will secure employment … but what they omitted to tell us was that the timing may not always be spot on. I have had many setbacks when it comes to furthering my studies, watching my peers move at a faster pace than I did and in many cases, I felt I was behind. I have had to learn that everyone is running their own race in their own time. It is never too late or early to do or be what you want to be and we, as people, should never envy or mock others by judging where they are in life. So, although it took me eight years to get where I am today, I still reached my destination and I am right on time!
• Will you share your life philosophy? How did you develop your philosophy? Where does it come from?
A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. I am a sensitive person by nature and I tend to take most matters to heart, small or big; however, I have learned not to react in certain situations. I have chosen to rather have a positive attitude about whatever challenge I am facing so that I can take a lesson out of that challenge.
• If you could give young people considering a career in the casino industry one piece of advice, what would it be?
Discover what your passion is first, be open-minded and eager to learn in order for you to enjoy your job. The casino industry will teach you life lessons that will enable you to become successful in whatever you decide to pursue thereafter.
The fun stuff:
• What is your ‘can’t live without’ item?
• What is your pet hate?
I don’t have one!
• What might people be surprised to know about you?
I’ve always had a passion for acting, and have dreamt of being the first black woman representing South Africa to walk the red carpet and be interviewed by E! entertainment in Hollywood.
• Which do you prefer – books or movies?
• Apple or Android?
• What do you do for fun?
Shopping … all day, every day!
• Source: Silverstar
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