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AnaStellar Brands was born in August 2016 and our Business is extremely proud to be able to directly employ 110 Team Members, 80% of which are Women, who are, in most cases, the “breadwinners” of their families. Each of our Team Members has at least 3 to 5 dependants, and through the third-party contractors that we use, our Business supports at least 350 people along our value chain!
We are passionate about job creation and local manufacture, and all our Brands are proudly manufactured and packaged with love in South Africa.
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AnaStellar Brands is a South African Women-owned Business whose main business is the development, manufacturing, marketing, and sale of innovative Brands in the FMCG, Cosmetics and Pharmaceutical Sectors.
The AnaStellar Brands Range of Products has been developed for Women by Women, considering the various stages of Womanhood (Don’t worry, some of our products can be used by men too!).
Our Key Focus when developing our AnaStellar Brands Products, is on adding VALUE to our customers when they make use of our Brands. We design our Products to be comprehensive and convenient and we are rapidly establishing ourselves as a trusted go-to Company for Women’s Health Matters. We believe in Health, Beauty, and Well-being for Every Stage of our Journey as Women.
The South African News Headlines can be horrifying and negative and we often ask ourselves who would want to stay in this country…?
There are a hundred reasons to leave our Country if you look for them, but we have given ourselves
On the 1st August 2016, we embarked on this huge journey with nothing but a dream to open a Women-owned South African Pharmaceutical Company. People thought we were crazy! The economy was in a recession. How would we compete with huge overseas Pharmaceutical Multinationals? Why would we want to manufacture locally? It just didn’t make sense…
“You will never survive!”
The negative sentiment was overwhelming… We could have listened to the naysayers… We could have not tried…
Today our business is made up of 80% of Women, and we support over 350 people via our South African networks and contractors. We formulate, manufacture and package all our Brands right here in South Africa and we passionately believe “Local is Lekker!”.
It was not only unicorns and rainbows when we started our business, and it is still not just sunshine and roses. We have endured many challenges and we continue to face things that we cannot control. Running a business in the South African environment is hard, but where else in the world could two women have a dream to start something, and then be able to bring that dream to life?
People ask how can we change South Africa? By supporting Small and Medium Enterprises. That’s how!
We are staying because instead of looking for jobs… We are trying to create them!
Anastasia is a Manufacturing Pharmacist and has been behind the pharmaceutical formulation of some of South Africa’s leading pregnancy and other nutritional (vitamin and mineral) health supplements. She started her career in the Pharmaceutical Industry in 1998. Her expertise lies in the manufacturing, formulating and retail aspects of Pharmacy. She holds a B. Pharm (Wits), B. Com (Unisa) and MBA (Wits).
Anastasia is a mom of two, a gardening fanatic, runner, bookworm, and watercolour artist!
Michelle started her career as an Optometrist in 2006 and has experience in both the private and franchise environments of Optometry. She also owns her own practice in Sandton. She expanded her career path into the Pharmaceutical Industry in 2016. She holds a B. Optom (UJ), Post Grad Diploma in Sports Vision (UJ) and MBA (Wits).
Michelle is an advanced scuba diver, yogi, foodie, and Australia MasterChef enthusiast.
Anastasia met Michelle at Wits Business School in 2010 where they started their 2-year MBA journey. AnaStellar Brands was launched in August 2016. Together with a team of medical representatives they are building a women’s needs focused business.