Matatiele graduate dreams big

2018-07-20 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Aphiwe Msutwana busy at work.

PHOTO: supplied Aphiwe Msutwana busy at work.

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GROWING up in the rural village of Dengwane in Matatiele did not deter young graduate Aphiwe Msutwana (24) from following his dream of becoming a businessperson.

After completing his studies, he reopened his grandfather’s tuckshop and is now running the business using his educational qualification. He also works as an operational trainee at MRP Home.

His lifelong dream is to become a leading light in his village and assist young people in reaching their goals.

Msutwana graduated with a Bachelor of Administration from University of KwaZulu-Natal and entered the MRP Foundation Professional Retail Programme last year.

Through the programme he was taught merchandising skills, product pipeline and business development.

“My love of business started when my late grandfather owned a tuckshop in the Eastern Cape, but the shop was closed when he passed away. I re-opened the shop after I realised there was a need for it.

He added that growth in the retail world depends on passion, hard work and perseverance. “I love challenges that arise in the business world as they excite me and spark lots of thinking,” he said.

“The foundation helped me to become a retailer and strategist. I want to learn how stores operate in other countries so as to draw international investors to pump money in South Africa for small businesses to grow,” he said.


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