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Feisty determination is paying off

Despite her 77 years, mamma Thembeka Princess Biko is still very young at heart and has the fighting spirit and determination many young women do not possess today.

Her story begins in 1942, where she was born in Cape Town’s Kensington, “during years that were very difficult.”

Her parents took the decision to send her two sisters and her to the rural Eastern Cape, where they were cared for by their grandparents.

As the years went by Princess grew up, with visions and dreams of her own, and decided to take the big step and leave her childhood home and move to Queenstown. “It was difficult to move around there because of the Pass Laws,” she explains.

She tried finding a job, but in those days it was very difficult, and she had to move to East London.

Princess says she told herself she wanted to see the world, and wondered where she would go. With a laugh she said: “Toe klim ek op die eerste trein terug Kaapstad toe!

After thinking her situation would be easier, she ended up in a hostel with other women in Cape Town working small odd jobs just to get by.

After many years she moved to Hermanus and got a job at a local law firm.

Princess worked very hard for the firm, which noted her determination and fighting spirit, something she still has today. With the help of her employer and close friends she managed to get a house in Zwelihle.

According to Princess, she wanted to be her own boss and took the initiative to start her own business, a self-catering guest house named Ikayalakwa Biko in Zwelihle.

She started small, and made it the success it is today.

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