Rocking it with slime

2019-07-02 06:00
The duo, Joshua Randall and Sifiso Ndzonda who took Johannesburg by storm. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

The duo, Joshua Randall and Sifiso Ndzonda who took Johannesburg by storm. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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It was a proud moment for the Spine Road High School family as two Grade 11 learners from the school headed to Johannesburg to represent Western Cape in the Business of the Year Award ceremony.

The event was hosted by Junior Achievement South Africa (Jasa) between Monday 24 and Friday 28 June.

Joshua Randall (17) and Sifiso Ndzonda (18) are assistant general manager and administrative manager, respectively for a school-based company called Designa Slime.

The company was established after they attended a 12-week entrepreneurship course facilitated by Zaida Julius courtesy of Jasa.

Jasa, is an organisation that offers young opportunity makers an experiential platform where they explore real business activities. They assist in developing a thriving small business sector in South Africa and nurture young entrepreneurs.

Julius said the programme is run as an extra-mural activity. In order to be part of the course, she said she selects 45 learners and they get taught skills that include business function, conceptualisation and how to put together a business plan.

“Towards the end of the 12-week programme they are then tasked to come up with a business innovation plan,” she explained.

Randall and Ndzonda form part of a company that came with the idea of selling slime that helps clients to relax, Julius revealed. She added the slime also helps those who have sinus with its mint flavour.

Julius explained part of her role is to nominate a business group for the provincial leg of the Jasa Business of the Year Awards.

She revealed she nominated the two teenagers who beat the other entrants.

“They will, however, enter another competition to win cash prizes and another trip to Johannesburg in the September holidays,” explained Julius.

The elated learners said they are proud of themselves and are thankful to Julius for being patient with them.

Speaking before heading to Johannesburg, Ndzonda, a Khayelitsha resident said he was looking forward to learn all that is there to learn.

“It going to be a good experience for me because I will be interacting with people who do not speak my language and I will learn a lot from them and they will learn something from me as well,” he expressed.

Even though they did not win, he said he it did not deter their spirit.

“I want to say to Zaida that her time with us is not wasted. I also want to thank my mother and father for the support,” he said.

He revealed when he finishes school he will carry on with the business unless he is removed from the position.

His other dream is to pursue studies in dentistry.

Randall from Lentegeur was just as excited. He said the journey has been filled with a lot of challenges but he is glad they have reached this far.

He said he wants to change people’s perceptions about Mitchell’s Plain.

“People have this idea that Mitchell’s Plain is all about gangsterism. I told tell them that there are children here who are doing good things and want to succeed in life,” he shared.

Julius’ words of wisdom to them are: “The aim is not just to win but to be the best.”

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