Support helps company to flourish

2017-06-28 06:01
Happy Olyn, owner of a burgeoning local landscaping company, My Ideas Garden Services, in Kathu.Photo: Supplied

Happy Olyn, owner of a burgeoning local landscaping company, My Ideas Garden Services, in Kathu.Photo: Supplied

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Happy Olyn (37), the owner of a burgeoning local landscaping company, My Ideas Garden Services in Kathu, is the proud and grateful beneficiary of Renewable Energy Investments South Africa’s (Reisa) Business Development and Mentoring programme.

Reisa is reported to have assisted Olyn’s business with a mobile office unit, additional business equipment, salary support and a vehicle to boost operations. The support has, more importantly, borne positive business results, boosted turnover and enabled him to employ 40 local staff members.

Reisa’s Business Development and Mentoring programme supports enterprises across industries and sectors, with the aim of accelerating the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business-support resources and services.

Local entrepreneurs from around Kathu, Olifantshoek, Dibeng, Dingleton, Babatas and Mapoteng in the Northern Cape benefit from the programme, which forms part of the solar plant’s commitment to economic and enterprise development.

According to Olyn, the increased revenue he was assisted with has enabled his business to acquire another vehicle and additional equipment to alleviate future technical challenges.

“Additionally, a tree log shredder was also purchased, which meant that we could expand and diversify our revenue stream to now include locally manufactured organic compost,” said Olyn.

He further revealed his plans of expanding his business by establishing a nursery.

According to a statement from TM Communication, 13 of the company’s employees attended a life skills training programme and an additional four employees have benefited from the team leader training initiative.

Employees have furthermore undergone health and safety training, as well as fire fighting training.

Reisa commended Olyn for his resilience and ability to employ sound and logical measures in an effort to ensure the success of his business.

“He continuously demonstrates an ability to identify opportunities for the purpose of diversifying services and revenue streams and has a positive outlook, whilst differentiating his business as a specialist in the industry to remain relevant in the market,” said Sizile Mabaso, chief community operations officer of Reisa.

“And most importantly, his business is becoming sustainable and is providing local employment and empowerment.”

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