PMB entrepreneur selected for prestigious programme

2017-04-12 06:01
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileSabelo Thusi has been selected for the Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurship programme.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyileSabelo Thusi has been selected for the Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurship programme.

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BIG ideas, determination, and the will to succeed to be a successful entrepreneur are some of the driving forces behind Pietermaritzburg’s emerging entrepreneur, Sabelo­ Thusi.

Thusi, the founder of 2cee Holdings, is the only candidate from KZN out of 23 South African entrepreneurs who were successful in joining the third cohort of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme.

Nigerian economist and entrepreneur Tony Elumelu selects entrepreneurs from all over the continent and through the programme trains and mentors them over nine months to develop a solid business plan.

Following their training, the entrepreneurs will be eligible to receive start-up capital.

Speaking to the Maritzburg Echo, Thusi said he was excited and honoured to have been selected.

“To be one of the 1000 applicants selected out of 93 000 entrepreneurs is really overwhelming. It shows that as a business we are doing something and we are on the right track.”

2cee Holdings was established in 2014 and provides business consultancy services which include helping small, medium and micro-sized enterprises with business plans, business regulatory compliance and tax clearances.

Thusi said he applied to get into the programme in November 2016.

“I saw the invitation for applications on Twitter and decided to give it a try. The application process was very detailed and it took me three hours to complete and put in all the required documentation.”

Through the programme, in October he will attend the African Policy Forum in Nigeria.

“Attending the forum will give me an opportunity to interact with like-minded people. It will be a networking opportunity and who knows - in future the business might branch out to other African countries.”

This budding entrepreneur is making strides in the business sector and in 2015/16 he was one of the awardees in the Umyezane Business Awards.

Thusi received an award under the Best Youth Owned and Managed Business of the year.

“All these small achievements stand me in good stead for the roller coaster ride, that is, running a small business. I was also ranked number 21 by the Sowetan out of 100 young bosses of the year in 2016, so that is also an indication that the business is getting recognition and it is growing.”

His plans for his business are clear - in May he will open a call centre as a driving tool in broadening his business.

“I currently employ three people and with the opening of the call centre I’ll increase that number to four. It’s an exciting time for the business and its growth with a clear vision and plan I’m proud that the business has achieved so much in a short period of time.”

Thusi encouraged other young people facing the obstacle of entering the working world with the high unemployment rate to consider starting their own business.

“I think firstly, have a passion for business, don’t start because you want to make money because passion is what sustains you when the business is not making money. As young people we must start being part of the solution and create employment. We need to focus and invest more time in self development to take this country forward.”

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