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Stan Mkhabele is a South African who started a small business at the height of apartheid. Although he had qualified as a Medical Microbiology Laboratory Technologist at the S.A.I.M.R. (South African Institute for Medical Research), he nevertheless trained to be a hairdresser and also started an afro-hair-care salon. He established "Dr Fingertips Beauty and Health" early in the 1980s in the Johannesburg township of Soweto. He is known in this industry as a perfectionist and a professional. His formal business management was honed at Damelin Management School. He also expanded his knowledge into the world of hands-on manufacture and distribution of hair-care and hygiene products. He founded "Restore plus" hair-care products which are now internationally known and owned by a Multi National Corporation. For half of his life as a self-employed person, Stan has also delved into businesses involving a coffee shop, funeral insurance, trading equities and forex. He is currently a business consultant. Stan is married to Busi and they have been blessed with two sons: Muzi and Sizwe.