Five top SA entrepreneurs making waves

Cape Town – Fin24 interviewed a number of entrepreneurs in 2016 and some of them were just extraordinary. We’ve picked five of these stories to inspire you.

1. Meet the man who wants to disrupt the fitness industry

Tumi Phake, 33 was a private banker for 7 years before he became an entrepreneur. He started his gym enterprise with no background knowledge or experience in the industry. He funded his start-up with R7m from Awethu project.

(Tumi Phake, founder of Zenzele Fitness Group with 10 branches across Gauteng and one in Limpopo. Picture: supplied.)

2. Wonderbag founder Sarah Collins was crowned Fairlady’s 2016 Woman of the Future

Collins was inspired to create a non-electric slow cooker when she became frustrated with eating half-cooked dinners as a result of load shedding.

Wonderbag is a global, social impact solution and since the bag has launched in 2008, over 1 million bags have been distributed throughout Africa. The bag helps to cook food without using electricity.

                                  (Sarah Collins, founder of Wonderbag slow cooker. Picture: supplied.)

3. Award-winning entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani started selling computers 10 years ago.

The former teacher has 40 internet cafes in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape and has overhauled his business into a franchise model. Four of his staffers bought their own stores.

         (Luvuyo Rani, founder of Silulo Ulutho Technologies unveiling the new mobile store. Picture: supplied.)

4. From teetotaler to wine label owner

When Rosemary Mosia, 49, moved to Cape Town in 2001, she didn't know anything about wine and didn't even drink it.

All this changed when her friends invited her to visit wine farms along the Cape wine route. She now owns her own successful wine label called The Bridge of Hope Wines.

                                (A Cafe Cabernet by The Bridge of Hope Wines. Pic: Liziwe Ndalana, Fin24.)

                          (A Cafe Cabernet by The Bridge of Hope Wines. Pic: Liziwe Ndalana, Fin24.)

Mosia explained fondly to Fin24 how a friend’s father in Soweto, who ran a grocery store, ignited the entrepreneurial spark in her at a very young age.

5. Domestic workers clean on their own terms

SweepSouth cuts out the process of finding, vetting and signing long-term contracts with cleaners. Launched in 2014, SweepSouth has completed over 50 000 jobs over the past year.

"Devising practical and sustainable solutions is a challenge. One that has spurred the rapid growth of on-demand services. By tapping into new markets and empowering cleaners to take on multiple or supplementary jobs, we are facilitating the employment of more people, in far less time, at a higher wage,” said SweepSouth founder Aisha Pandor.

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