“We had R300 (US$ 30) for a months rent, R300 for the electricity, and R300 for the outside sign. On our first day we earned 13 cents. In those days a loaf of bread cost 11c, so we had a loaf of bread for supper, and made sandwiches the next day."
- Margaret Hirsch is one half of a dynamic husband and wife duo that founded Hirsch's Homestores. Back in 1979, as a secretary, together with her husband Allan, then an appliance repair man, they unwittingly became entrepreneurs who went on to build an appliance, electronics and furnishing retail empire. Today, Hirsch's Homestores is the largest independently owned appliance and electronics business in Southern Africa, with seventeen branches and concept stores spread throughout South Africa.