Engineers hope to leave a mark

2018-11-22 06:01
Business partners, from left Mphindeleli Qalazive Thembile Ndlondlo and Siphelo Sikolisi.                             PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Business partners, from left Mphindeleli Qalazive Thembile Ndlondlo and Siphelo Sikolisi. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Four young Western Cape engineering entrepreneurs were left disappointed yesterday after missing out this year’s national Young Aspiring Entrepreurs Business Plan Competition, held in Johannesburg.

Mphindeleli Qalazive(28), Thembile Ndlondlo(27), Siphelo Sikolisi(30) and Khululwe Thintelo (32) won the 2018 SME Toolkit Business/Business Plan Competition, at the beginning of November and automatically qualified for yesterday’s contest.

The competition required participants to submit a business plan, with the best plan taking away the honours.

As the provincial winners, they walked away with a R6000 mentorship voucher. Yesterday’s loss meant they missed a further R12000 mentorship and a R26 000 cash.

According to their business plan, the four young engineers hope to start a company called AutoPrecision Engineering.

They hope to render a range of vehicle related services, including cylinder heads reconditioning, cylinder rebore, crankshaft grinding and skimming.

They hope to establish their new venture in Philippi.

Ndlondlo said the engineering idea made sense, since they all studied mechanical engineering at the Cape Peninsula Univerity of Technology(Cput). He said the business would be the first of its kind in the township.

He said they have been planning to start the business for some time, but due to financial challenges, they could not.

“We were very happy when we were announced as winners,” said Ndlondlo.

He said their business would bring important services closer to the people.

Development manager at Business Partners Limited and programme manager for SME Toolkit South Africa, Petro Bothma said the competition aims to promote entrepreneurship among individuals aged between 18 and 35 years.

Bothma said they aim to close the gap between having an idea and launching a business.

Commenting after the announcement yesterday, Qalazive said they were disappointed, but that will not stop them from achieving their dream.


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