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FROM SCHOOLBOY SUCCESS TO MASTER OF HIS OWN DESTINY

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Growing up in a small village in the North West Province called Jericho, Andrew was left with the responsibility of being the man of the house at the age of ten after his father passed away.

This left him and his mother without a source of income, forcing Andrew to find a way to make ends meet. “I was ten years old, and we needed money. So I started a small tuck shop business at my primary school. I told my mom: ‘you make the food, I’ll sell it at school.’ Little did I realise that this was where my passion for business would begin,” says Andrew.

It wasn’t long until Andrew’s tuck shop business started to thrive, not only paying for his school fees but taking care of his own household as well. Andrew continued growing his little business through to high school, making his way to matric on an entrepreneurial spirit and the will to succeed. When it came time for tertiary education, Andrew’s mother sent him to study Mechanical Engineering at Vaal University of Technology.

As a driven young man, Andrew quickly secured his first job at BMW as a Quality Trainee and then was sent to Germany to study Quality Management. Eventually he ended up at Anglo American Platinum as a quality coordinator. Spending seven years at the company, not a year passed by without Andrew receiving some sort of promotion, not only because of his input, but because he simply loved what he did. Eventually, he left the company as a Principle Quality Manager.

It wasn’t long before Andrew’s love of business started to take over and he was itching to become more – to do more. This is when DEI Projects and Zimele stepped in to help.

FINDING SUCCESS WITH ZIMELE

DEI was started by a man called Neville Milller in 1990. It was a typical family business and although it had been running successfully for over two decades, growth was limited. But Andrew saw the potential.

“I met Neville when I was working at Platinum, and we got to talking. I believed Zimele was a good way forward to fund and grow the business, so we started to put a business plan together,” says Andrew.

Drawing up the business plan and DD files of DEI Projects helped Neville and Andrew more clearly understand the way forward. It was the Sebenza Fund that helped out with this new direction.

“I don’t see Zimele as a funder, I see them as my partner,” says Andrew. “I can approach the people at Zimele any time and ask their advice. They know my company inside and out, making relevant suggestions to help us grow”.

“I want to thank them for helping build the success stories in our communities by giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to start their businesses. Because of them, we are well on the path to reaching our dreams.”

A LESSON IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Andrew believes in the power entrepreneurs hold in strengthening this nation. His advice to any and all looking to build their dreams is to first identify their strengths and weaknesses.

“There are so many good businesses out there where you find that the owner might be a great engineer but a poor businessman or vice versa. You need to build on your strengths and get the resources in to compliment your weaknesses. This is the only way a business can truly reach its full potential – when the right people are doing the right jobs.”

When it comes to entrepreneurs looking for funding through Zimele, his advice is to find a Zimele Hub nearby, which can be found across the country, and build a sustainable and viable business plan. “Take your business plan to them and let them help you. They are there to help and if you don’t believe they can, just remember me, my dreams, and my success,” concludes Andrew.

Victor Fungai Muzvidzwa is the founder and senior editor of HypeAvenue.com magazine.

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Applications Open For The Coca Cola Marketing Learnership Program. The Learnership runs over a period of 12 months. To successfully complete the program, the learner must obtain a minimum value of 120 credits. Through the completion of the Learnership, they will receive a National Certificate: Marketing (NQF 4).

The purpose of this program is to equip learners with the skills to understand and acquaint themselves with the underlying principles of how to grow volume, facilitate the order taking process & implement, execute & monitor merchandising standards for direct and indirect customers within a designated geographical area.

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Social Media Officer Wanted At University Of The Witwatersrand. To manage the University’s official social media accounts and their respective audiences in order to enhance the Wits brand and reputation in the social media space, thus be the voice of the Wits brand.

Key Responsibilities Include:
Community Management
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Requirements
Degree in Marketing or journalism or equivalent experience in the digital marketing environment
A minimum of five to eight years’ experience in a similar position managing the social channels of the brand (as a minimum, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram – both paid & organic a plus)
Exceptional social savvy: an in-depth knowledge and interest in social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and more) with an up-to-the-minute knowledge of the latest social trends/platforms and industry best practice
Expert knowledge about content and social media communications (content generation, platform technical capabilities, social media analytics)
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Please submit a cover letter and a detailed CV with the names, contact numbers and email addresses of three referees.

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Minimum Requirements:
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Certified and reliable copies of all relevant documentation must accompany the CV.

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Applicants who have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date should consider their applications as unsuccessful.

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