I was in a class of 15 learners at DUT in 2001 second year in Entrepreneurship and small business management class. Our lecturer (Mrs Lana Brady) gave us a task to start a profit generating project on campus. The project was designed for 60% mark towards our final mark. We decided to embark on a bakery project specifically for cupcakes. Everyone in our class had to contribute R70 for start-up capital. I was a poor student. I did not have a contribution. I told the lecturer (Mrs Lana Brady) my lack of capital contribution. She said in front of the class I should come wash her car to raise a capital contribution. Everybody laughed at me. I approached her after the lecture and she gave me R120 to buy car cleaning material. I started cleaning her car and 3 other vehicles from our department, I was assisted by a friend who also needed to raise his contribution. We had four cars to clean the next day from staff members who saw us cleaning cars. Within two weeks we were able to pay our contribution and paid back a loan of R120. We were left with cleaning material and customers who wanted us to clean their cars weekly. I had a vision to grow the company to become the finest brand.
I graduated in 2004, I was employed by DUT as a small business advisor. My business had grown to employ 10 employees cleaning over 200 cars per week. I decided to resign from my job after 8 months of employment to pursue my entrepreneurial goals. I went full time into my business. It grew to be the finest car wash that attracted a lot of customers from outside campus. There was congestion and chaos which caused DUT management to restrict customers from outside to bring in their cars. That is when I decided to approach the nearest petrol station for space. We got the space at R 6 500 rent per month plus deposit. We took the opportunity in August 2010. The business grew to become the finest car wash business in Morningside area employing 20 employees. Our target was 400 cars weekly which we met and exceeded several times. Our total income for 2014 reached R600 000. We had projected R 1000 000 total income for 2015. Our business was shut down because of rearrangement of shops in the center.
We decided to take our service to customer premises around Morningside, Musgrave, Glenwood, Westville and Durban North. We secured new premises in December 2015 at 123 Carlilse Street in town.
We have developed a car wash and wax which is environmental friendly. It is used by our company and we are planning to distribute it to other car wash businesses. This has been a preparation to reach our goal of becoming the finest brand within the cleaning industry.
I gave my life to Jesus in February 2001 at Durban Christian Centre Berea. I was baptised and did spiritual growth in the same year. I attended Men’s encounter at Camp hope. I joined the ushering team under the leadership of Mr Mishack Khumalo. I was in youth leadership heading young entrepreneur’s network department. I attended Bible College two terms as a full time student. I also attended Shepard school ministry in 2014.
“I can do all things through him who gives me strength” ……Philippians 4:13
I believe I was created to be an entrepreneur. I have prayed about it and I am at peace with it. There are two things that I like about being an entrepreneur: I’m my own boss and I cannot be fired. The fear that I had when I was employed was getting fired. I resigned from my job as a small business advisor, because I felt a call of God to be an entrepreneur. I have had an opportunity to travel to 8 small towns in KZN sharing my testimony with over 1000 entrepreneurs and small business people. I was a speaker at entrepreneurs for Africa conference in 2013. I also shared my testimony at woman of Africa conference in 2015. I have been invited to companies like PWC, MONDI and Child KZN as well as schools.
By the help of God, we started HC crew, which is a group of students from various institutions in Durban. Most of them come from outside of Durban. We meet with them on Fridays evening to teach them entrepreneurship and leadership skills they receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the year. Our slogan is ‘transforming ordinary students into effective leaders’. We have seen many lives being transformed by the help of Jesus. We conduct health and fitness sessions in student residences. We have seen super natural provision of God to this crew. Scout SA donated premises to us for this program. Jesus is the centre of our meetings, we share the word of God in our meetings. We assist our crew members to start their own businesses. We offer business coaching as well as mentoring.
In all business ventures that I embark on I put God first. I own a fitness company which is called HC active, registered as RYDE training. I’ve created my own fitness gear label, which I supply to my clients and other gym members. I’ve learned to use my passion to generate income for myself.