Forty one years ago, Margaret Hirsch helped found the family’s mega appliance store, Hirsch’s. Today, Hirsch’s own 19 Hirsch branches and concept stores throughout Kwa Zulu Natal, Gauteng and Cape Town. As Chief Operations Executive at Hirsch’s, Margaret is integrally involved with all aspects of the business.

Margaret is a champion of women’s empowerment and someone who firmly believes in giving back to the community, especially to people in a less fortunate situation, having been there once herself. When she was 12 her father died leaving her mother to fend for herself and two small children. Margaret’s strong sense of survival and her positive attitude helped pull her little family through the tough times. Having had to battle from an early age, she found that it is possible, through sheer determination and a positive attitude, to get ahead and now all Hirsch’s staff members are encouraged to better themselves and are shown that by uplifting themselves they will ultimately uplift those around them.

Margaret regards herself as a “jack of all trades”. Having done the selling, invoicing, demonstrating, being a delivery person on the trucks, installing and demonstrating in customers’ homes and generally taking care of everything at Hirsch’s for the past 41 years. “We have built Hirsch’s from a tiny little “mom and pop’s” store to a billion rand company and I hope that I will be an inspiration to others to know that they can live their dreams as well,” she says.