Second time lucky for locals

2015-07-08 06:00
CHARLES BETSHANGER (left) and Nicholas van Wyk, owners of Tswelelang Meats.

CHARLES BETSHANGER (left) and Nicholas van Wyk, owners of Tswelelang Meats. Photo: Supplied

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BUDDING entrepreneurs Charles Betshanger and co-owner Nicolas van Wyk started selling meat on a small scale from home years ago, but things did not work out the first time around.

They decided to start again, but this time they persevered.

They registered their business in 2013 and are operating in Wrenchville (Kuruman).

As their business continued to grow and with the dedication of the two owners, they approached Zimele for financial assistance in 2014. Zimela is Anglo American’s enterprise development initiative.

They secured a loan of almost R170 000, payable over three years.

“We evaluated the challenges and circumstances that made us stop the first time. We decided to resign from our jobs and to be 101% committed to making our dream a reality,” Charles said.

“Zimele did not only give us financial support, but they also assisted us from a business management, emotional and mental well-being perspective. Their team mentored us for six months, including managing our logistics, staff and clients to ensure a successful and sustai-nable business,” explained Charles.

“The support from Zimele was invaluable in making a success of our business. Most people think that they only give financial aid, but their support goes much deeper than that.”

Tswelelang Meats is aimed at meeting the needs of the local residents and businesses operating in the area. They sell all types of meat and meat-rela-ted products. The owners have great plans for the business and have done the needed research to enforce their plans.

“Our future plans include expansion. Market research and community involvement has shown us that we have the support of our clients and the wider community.

“We are proof that Zimele works and does so with great care and commitment, but it is a two-way street and potential business owners also have to play their part in driving the business they wish to see flourish,” Charles concluded

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