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2015-06-18 06:01

Gugulethu businessman Bheki Kunene continues to be an inspiration after being listed by Forbes Africa as one of the top 30 promising entrepreneurs in Africa.

Gugulethu businessman Bheki Kunene continues to be an inspiration after being listed by Forbes Africa as one of the top 30 promising entrepreneurs in Africa.

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A young Gugulethu entrepreneur continues to be a shining example of how one can rise above tough conditions but still prosper.

Bheki Kunene, 27, has been recently listed by Forbes Africa as one of the top 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in the continent. Forbes Africa, is the continent’s extension of the Forbes magazine, an American business magazine that features articles on finance, industry, investment, and marketing topics. Forbes also releases lists of influential persons or organisations in various sectors. This is a big feat for a man who started his business with just R600 in his pocket about five years ago. His website building company, Mind Trix Media, has grown to boast an international clientele from countries like Italy, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Angola.

MindTrix now employs eight people and according to Kunene this is just the beginning. Kunene’s first ever venture in to business was a fruit and vegetable stall outside his NY 34 home in 2007 and later opened Mind Trix Media in 2009. On his inclusion into the list of businessman to look out for he said that he was humbled.

Ever modest, he says: “This is a big achievement for me and it’s a humbling experience. However, I don’t think it says that we have arrived.”

He said that he was extremely grateful to be noticed by such a big magazine.

“As a company we won’t be resting on our laurels as we realised that this can open many more doors for us so that we can extend our business internationally. If it leads to bigger opportunities we have to work hard to make sure they(opportunities) won’t be laid to waste,” he said.

He said that when he started his business he never though it could go so far but always new he wanted to run a big business.

He encouraged other young entrepreneurs from the townships to take the leap. “Going into business, I’ve always said, is like falling down a hill and then build yourself an aeroplane while you are going down. It’s about taking the risk and working hard to avoid failure,” he explained.

He said that despite the challenges faced by young black entrepreneurs in the township ‘starting your own company is worth the while.” “When you start out it is extremely difficult and its harder when you are a black person from the townships.

People want to do business with people who have the resources and background something you won’t have when you starting out. This is why you must provide a better service at a competitive price,” he said. He also noted the importance of getting a break just like he did when Shuttle Bus Services owner Ishmael Louw did when he signed up as his first client.

“We started by creating business cards for him and he was happy he hired us to do more branding for his company and we eventually created his website. The key is to use the chance to deliver a good service to clients.”

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