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2017-06-01 06:02
Thembile Mpembeni and Akhona Beja from kwaLanga are the founders of Tech Clean, a computer cleaning company.

Thembile Mpembeni and Akhona Beja from kwaLanga are the founders of Tech Clean, a computer cleaning company.

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Two young budding entrepreneurs from KwaLanga have started their business on “clean slate”, so to speak.

Twenty-two year olds Akhona Beja and Thembile Mpembeni, are running a computer keyboard cleaning company, called Tech Clean.

The two started their enterprise last year after Beja struggled to continue working at a call centre because of allergies.

Then it dawned on him that the allergies were caused by germ-infested computer keyboards. Call centres are known to have high rotation statistics, because of shift changes.

“I was working at this call centre and I used to get sick a lot, suffering sinus attacks.

I realised that it was the workstation. This is how the idea came about because in the office environment, cleaners do not touch the computers and the workstations, causing the dust to settle there and become a haven for gems and bacteria,” said Beja.

The duo started the business in 2016 and their list of clients includes the Cape Chamber of Business and local surgeries in KwaLanga.

He said that their focus is not just on the aesthetics of the business, but the elimination of health hazards in the workplace.

“By deep cleaning computer sets, including the keyboards, refurbishing headphones, the click mouse, the monitor and the computer box, and eliminating all unwanted vermin, that includes dirt, food crumbs and other small particles, that causes health hazards in the long run.

But most importantly, when you provide a healthy work environment for your employees you increase productivity as they can be sick less often,” said Beja.

Beja studied electrical engineering at the College of Cape Town before dropping out to focus on a new venture, that unfortunately failed to take off.

Mpembeni is a second year Geology student at the University of Cape Town. He said their biggest obstacle in their business is that most companies lack hygiene education.

“We are the only ones that are offering this kind of service and therefore prospective clients are not aware of the risks involved in their businesses and we often have to educated them on aspects of the health of their employees. Our hope is that employees can try to convince their employers to take up our service as they are the ones that often have to work on workstations,” he said.

The duo are currently working from their home while their are undergoing business incubation at the University of Stellenbosch’s School of Business.

They charge per computer and say that they use special chemicals while they also avoid causing damage to the computer.


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