Rani wins in Africa

2016-05-19 06:00
 Luvuyo Rani is congratulated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Kigali.

Luvuyo Rani is congratulated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Kigali.

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From humble beginnings in the heart of Khayelitsha, businessman Luvuyo Rani is now the toast of the entrepreneur world.

Last week he was named the 2016 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in Kigali, Rwanda during the World Economic Forum (WEF) summit.

Rani was immediately congratulated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who was at the event and their picture went viral on social networks.

Rani is the founder and managing director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies which has 33 branches in and around Cape Town’s townships.

Silulo Ulutho Technologies sells second-hand computers, runs internet cafes, a computer school and installs software.

Rani quit his job as a teacher in 2004 and started selling computers from the boot of his car.

Deputy President Ramaphosa congratulated the Africa Social Entrepreneur of the Year awardee Mr Luvuyo Rani of Silulo Ulutho Technologies at the World Economic Forum (Africa).

Ramaphosa said Rani’s award proved that the “determined can succeed” and that the journey to the summit has been really worthwhile.

“It has been a fruitful visit. South African businesses have made valuable contacts with other businesses (and) our state-owned enterprises have had occasion to interact with SOEs and business from other countries, and have formed useful relationships,” said Ramaphosa.

Rani described his latest achievement as a proud moment.

Thousands of entrepreneurs from around the world entered but, in the end, Rani was one of a handful who made the cut.

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