‘Litsha’s Ziyahlanjwa laundry business wins with clean hands

2015-09-03 06:00

Winner Sivu Mongo (Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services) and runners up Janine van Zyl (Cold Gold) and Charles Nyakurwa (Deaf Hands at Work) with Sage One Head Steven Cohen (right) and Primedia Broadcasting General Manager Karl Gostner (left).

Winner Sivu Mongo (Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services) and runners up Janine van Zyl (Cold Gold) and Charles Nyakurwa (Deaf Hands at Work) with Sage One Head Steven Cohen (right) and Primedia Broadcasting General Manager Karl Gostner (left).

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The CapeTalk Small Business Awards with Sage One has recognised Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services as the winner for 2015.

The runners-up were Cold Gold and Deaf Hands at Work. They were among the 380 dynamic small businesses nominated for the Awards.

The annual awards seek out small businesses with big dreams and enormous potential, recognising their achievements and providing them with the support they need to grow. The awards invited CapeTalk listeners to nominate small businesses that have impressed them over the past 12 months.

Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services, based in Khayelitsha stood out among a range of strong competitors because of its determination, dedication to customer service, passion, and potential to grow in the next few years.

It was founded in 2010 by Sivu Mongo and her husband Justice after their research in the community indicated a need for a service where customers could drop off and collect their laundry.

They quickly built up a customer base among people needing a convenient and affordable laundry service. To learn the ropes of business administration, Sivu enrolled herself in a small business management course at Stellenbosch University and achieved top marks.

Her team today comprises of eight professional, dedicated and hardworking employees who aim to deliver a speedy service to customers.

Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services has secured a contract from Prasa as well as funding from the Department of Economic Development, and is on track to open a second branch.

Steven Cohen, Head of Sage One said: “Once again, we received many worthy entries from a diverse selection of excellent small businesses.

But Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services emerged as the winner because of its great attitude, superb customer service, and dedication to its employees,”.

Congratulating the owners, he said “Well done for winning this award. Small business heroes like Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services are playing an invaluable role in growing our country’s economy, serving our communities, and creating jobs. We hope that winning this award helps to create even more opportunities for Sivu’s business, and we know that they will be an inspiration to others.”

Sivu Mongo said: “I’m so happy to have won...We never thought we’d grow to this position from our beginnings in Khayelitsha,”.

“My business is for others. They know there’s a good, trustworthy laundry service available in Khayelitsha. We have some big expansion plans for the future, and we hope that this will help move us closer to our dreams.”

CapeTalk Station Manager, Colleen Louw, said: “CapeTalk has partnered with Sage One to encourage entrepreneurship in SA and inspire other companies. Since we launched the Small Business Awards, we have profiled 480 exceptional small businesses. This year alone, CapeTalk received 380 nominations.

The feedback from the nominees is the same each year - the coverage and awareness that they receive on CapeTalk has boosted their business and exposed them to new markets.

A heartfelt congratulations to all the nominees. Continue to raise the bar.”

The winning small businesses received the following: -The Winner: Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services received an advertising package to the value of R250 000 on CapeTalk.

-The Runner-ups: Cold Gold and Deaf Hands at Work received a R125 000 airtime package on CapeTalk.

Sage also awarded the winners with a laptop and access to Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software and a training course or seminar of their choice, giving them the freedom they need to run their business anywhere, anytime

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