Howick’s Mr Fixit gets a leg up locally

2008-10-30 00:00

A Howick man who has extensive experience in the maintenance and repair of light and heavy duty vehicles has returned to his home town to establish a business with financial and planning assistance from local formal business structures.

After overcoming several professional and personal challenges in the past 17 years, Johannes Zondi recently formed Iqolo Services.

He spent most of his career working in and around KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town in fleet maintenance and truck repair services.

Zondi eventually grew weary of being employed and was particularly concerned about the low rates of pay in certain areas of the sector.

Backed by his technical expertise, he decided to enroll at a tertiary institution to study business management.

In April this year, he approached uMngeni Chamber of Commerce and Industry for assistance with his business plan.

“Johannes Zondi walked into the offices … asking for help to have his business plan typed,” said Angela Gordon of the chamber.

“I passed it on to one of our members who offer typing facilities. Once it was completed, on proofreading, I found that details of the financial and marketing plan needed more detail in order for us to present it to would-be funders. It took some three months before all the requirements were cemented, but the future looks exceptionally good for Iqolo Services.

“With new motor vehicle sales down, high interest rates and ever-increasing fuel price hikes, it makes the market for vehicle maintenance and repair services a viable sector in which to operate,” she said.

Zondi has secured a five-year contract with Wesbank First Auto to service and maintain government department vehicles.

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