We are an online store founded in 2020 that only sells products made in South Africa. Our goal is to create a place where local entrepreneurs and SME's can market and sell their products. The purpose is to stimulate the local economy, create employment and restrict reliance on foreign products.
Meet the team
Rustum Noor – Founder
Rustum is the Founder and Managing Director of Market Place SA, where he managers the day to day of the business. He oversees all areas of the business including but not limited to customer relations, web development, marketing, dispatch, delivery and weekly financial reporting.
Rustum comes from a legal background, but he did not limit himself to one role, he filled various positions during the course of his career, from practicing law, being a corporate governance analyst and an associate at one of the largest retailers in the US.
He received his LLB at the University of the Western Cape in 2010 and a post grad legal practice diploma from the University of Cape Town in 2011. To this day he still continues his academic career where he is studying further to obtain a post grad finance diploma.
Jihan Noor – CFO
Jihan Noor is the Chief Financial Officer at Market place SA, where she manages the company's finances including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting. She is also a stakeholder in the company and has a vested interest in the company succeeding.
Before becoming CFO, she has spent more than 10 years in the finance field and has worked for several companies in financial and business development leadership roles. During her tenure, she has lived and worked in South Africa, UAE and the USA. Jihan was instrumental in building out the finance business support capabilities and functions of these companies. She obtained funding for major capital expansions, developed forecasting and budgeting models, prepared business plans, improved internal control, streamlined financial and procedural policies, created monitoring and accountability systems and was an integral part of defining strategic direction.
She became a Qualified Chartered accountant in 2008 after completing her articles at Deloitte from 2006-2008. Jihan received her BCOM Accounting honors degree at the University of the Western Cape.
Outside of work, Jihan is an art enthusiast. She enjoys creating beautiful works of art.
All the plastic products are sourced from a vendor in Cape Town that manufactures the products from recycled materials. The company has twenty five employees from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
More locally produced products coming soon...