Studied teaching and then decided to follow her passion in life, which proved to be retail. Joined Woolworths where she completed her retail training and went on to run the food store in Adderley Street.


Looking to expand her footprint and broaden her retail experience she joined Foschini in 1984 as a trainee planner in the lingerie department.


Fast forward – 32 years later, still part of the TFG group heading up the jewellery division within Foschini, where she travelled extensively and was responsible for the growth of the Foschini jewellery business within the group.


Blessed to be part of a successful retail chain, and having had the opportunity of doing numerous management and leadership courses she was able to operate and manage at all levels of the business.


Through her travels, she was privileged to have met with many influential business leaders in retail and manufacturing across the globe.


At all times during her career she remained humble and true to herself.


Shirley left the Foschini Group in 2015,taking early retirement to pursue her other passion in life – giving back to community, making a difference and being the change for so many others.


Her success story – humility, integrity, consistency and a certain amount of intellect coupled with a strong set of values has allowed her to be the woman she is today.


As a mother of two, wife to Neville she now operates with the same level of integrity and efficiencies but with a different set of rules.


Balancing her new goals in changing the environment for others and being a mentor to many of the Z generation.


Being able to create more time to help and support her own family whilst being involved in nurturing toddlers to 20 something year olds.


So, what has she been doing. She has been involved with Santa shoe box, play therapy, kangaroo babies and, is currently involved in assisting toddlers at an orphanage in Durbanville.


Being driven and wanting to see the change as well as be the change, makes her want to be part of the Change Makers Hub. A catalyst by nature, spurred on by seeing results makes this woman a driving force to be reckoned with.


Shirley has purpose, and together, with her life experiences will add value to whatever adventure she chooses to be part of.


In closing she leaves you with these thoughts: 

  • Let us remember: one book, one pen child, and one teacher can change the world. – Malala Yousafzai
  • Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics – Victor Pinchuk
  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela

About The Author

Tasneema Diest

A multimedia designer. She is passionate about videography, something she says gives her the ability to take all that surrounds our everyday life and interpret it in unexpected ways. She takes pleasure in being able to translate messages using unconventional methods. For her, it's about making everyday objects interesting and more aesthetically pleasing. She enjoys traveling, music, films, and spending time with family and friends when she’s not designing. She believes she is a change maker, adding, “Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

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