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 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year® finalist, Nerina Smith, Smithland Guest Apartments

 

 Nerina Smith, owner of the award–winning Smithland Guest Apartments, saw a gap in the market for self–catering accommodation in Cape Town and took the initiative to service this need in 1992 when she was looking to contribute financially towards the family household expenses. While building a business from the ground up is no easy feat, Nerina is a natural–born fighter who is not afraid to tackle challenges head–on.

​​The business began with one granny flat connected to the Smiths’ house in Plattekloof, Cape Town, but expanded fairly quickly due to overwhelming demand. Within six months, Nerina was looking to expand and converted two rooms inside the main house into a separate–entrance apartment.

 
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