‘Networking the key to business success’

2018-10-10 06:01

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Tefo Motsage (25), a Kimberley entrepreneur, has been selected for this years’ SAB Kickstart Boost programme.

He is among 21 finalists chosen from around the country.

Motsage is the owner of the LHP detergent company, which employs four people from Kimberley. The company hopes to employ up to 30 people by 2023.

The programme promises to support and develop young entrepreneurs over the coming three months to help elevate their businesses, particularly through opportunities for access to market.

The top entrepreneurs will be selected based on a range of criteria. Refilwe Sekwatispoke to Motsage about the programme and the milestone.

What made you decide to enter the detergent industry?

My father was the one with the idea and saw a gap in the market. I took over from him a few years ago, but he is still working with me.

Are your products locally produced?

Yes, we manufacture our own products. We manufacture a range of products, from car shampoo to household products such as pine gel and bleach.

Have you had a business mentor that helped you with your business?

My father has been my only mentor.

Which skill have you acquired throughout your entrepreneurial journey which you think will help you be part of the top entrepreneurs in this programme?

I am competitive and I do not believe in coming second. My negotiating and pitching skills made me very competitive in this programme.

Any words to your com­petitors?

We are all winners of our own businesses, especially in how we got here. Let us keep networking and grow together.

What is your educational background?

I recently finished my electrical engineering course and I completed a few short business courses.

Where is your business located?

At the SMME village in Kimberley.

You are quite young; how do you deal with the daily challenges of running your own business?

It is quite difficult due to the fact that most people do not want to do business with young entrepreneurs.

What advice would you give to upcoming young entrepreneurs in the Northern Cape?

I would advise youth to find their passion and develop good habits.

Our province has a lot of potential, however the young people need to work on their networking skills; it is important, because your networking equals your net worth.

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