Durban woman scoops business award

2014-11-05 00:00

A DURBAN businessperson is riding the wave of success after scooping the award for best small business during the SmartXchange SMME Awards.

Lungile Shandu (36) was presented with the award during the SmartXchange Small to Medium Micro Enterprises (SMME) Awards that were held at the Elangeni Hotel on Monday night.

The founder of Egsibit Training and Development won the award for the best performing woman in information communication and technology category. She also won the coveted award of ICT SMME of the year.

“We won R37 000, which will go towards the business. We also won laptops, iPads, cellphones, everything will be going to the businesses,” said Shandu.

So what is this Kloof mother of two’s secret to success? “Be passionate in your business,” she said.

Shandu founded the company, which is accredited by the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) in 2004.

The training and consultancy company operates from SmartXchange business block in the CBD and is part of the SmartXchange incubator, which grooms small businesses to manage their own businesses.

The company specialises in information communication technology, which includes training people in computer skills, technical support, customised soft skills, as well as project management.

“We offer our services in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal,” she said.

Shandu said she had always dreamt of becoming a social worker but she pursued studies in finance.

“I got a diploma in accounting but I was so frustrated because I could not get a job, and I decided to further my studies and studied IT. That’s when I decided to start my own company,” she explained.

Shandu has also just returned from Mpu­malanga, where she participated in the national Ligugu Lami awards.

The awards were hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry partnered up with the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (SAWEN). They were held at the Mmabatho Palms Hotel in Mafikeng, North-West on October 30.

“We [Egsibit] took the first prize for the small enterprise category in the province of KZN.

“We were finalists in the national award, but someone from Gauteng won the award.

“We won R50 000 for coming first in the province. The money will go towards the business,” said Shandu.

“I feel honoured and blessed to have won all of these awards. I am grateful to my husband and my two children who have always supported me. I also thank God for everything,” said Shandu.

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