True-grit drives man’s success

2017-11-30 06:01
Electrician Vengai Mudzekenyedzi decided that he could actually do the job on his own.

Electrician Vengai Mudzekenyedzi decided that he could actually do the job on his own.

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fter realising that he was the backbone of the organisation he had been working for, electrician Vengai Mudzekenyedzi decided that he could actually do the job on his own and perhaps it was time for him to run his own show.

“I was mostly the main man there, ordering stuff, going to the site, running the site from the beginning to the end. I find out that I could do this besides working for someone(else). The only thing that I needed was the clients,” recalls the Zimbabwe-born, Khayelitsha based father of three.

He said he then he started to do small private jobs while still working, until he found that his actions were unfair to both himself and his boss.

“Sometimes the boss would drop me off at a site to work and the moment he left I would also leave to go attend to my own clients. I was moonlighting, I was stealing his time to cover up on my side.

That was not sitting well with me. It was taking its toll on me because I had to ensure that my clients are happy and my boss’s sites are functioning at the same time. That was when I told myself that this thing must stop because it was tearing me apart”.

In 2013 Mudzekenyedzi registered his own company, Carttime Projects and Contractors, which provides construction services such as electrical, plumbing, tiling, painting, ceiling and steel gates to a variety of small and big clients in both homes and industrial areas.

His company has served as a training centre and has seen a number of unemployed people provided with skills that have seen them doing well, and by extension, starting their own businesses or securing employment in big organisations.

“There are so many people in South Africa who have ambitions but don’t know where to start. I help them to learn the job and give them (the) best foundation”.

Mudzekenyedzi says that although his business had its own ups and downs, he doesn’t regret his decision(to leave his former boss) and has always been busy.

He attributes this to the fact that he provides a diversity of services.

“Sometimes electrical work is slow and if I was only relying on it, I would have found myself at home doing nothing.

But I do other things as well and I’m always busy. Also, I always make sure that I provide the best services(with) no comebacks. That has helped me to get referrals to new clients”

Running a business has been good for his growth, he says.

“When you work for someone it is like being under a ceiling, you are like a horse with a harness, because you don’t explore. It is difficult to develop further because you work for certain hours and for a certain salary. That means most(of the) time is wasted as you don’t work to your best abilities but just to accumulate hours.

Mudzekenyedzi overcame what he termed as “the fear of the unknown” to leave his job.

“I changed that mentality that if things don’t work out well, I will go back to the company by making sure that I broke the bridge with the company I worked for and had no relationship with my previous employers.

What kills our ambitions to start our own businesses as black people is that we fear what we will do if things don’t work out well, not considering what we would do if we can be fired.

If you make up your mind and say I want to do this, definitely it will work, whether there are negative or positive forces. Just put faith in God because He provides. The moment you put doubt on it you must rather not start, otherwise you will be one of the statistics of businesses that have failed.”

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