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#AwethuPeople - Mzoli Matiwane

#AwethuPeople - Mzoli Matiwane

Mzoli’s entrepreneurial journey has been quite the adventure.

When business owner Mzoli Matiwane signed up for the Awethu Business Incubator he thought he knew all there was to know about running a business but he quickly realised that there was a lot he could learn.

Born in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Matiwane runs a car business where he employs two people in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg.

He heard about Awethu through a mutual friend who had been successful in running his business and decided to give it a shot. We sat down with him to find out what impact the Awethu Incubator has had on his business.

Awethu:: What has the Awethu Incubator taught you?
Matiwane: I thought I knew all there was to know about running a business but I was wrong. This incubator taught me how to make better decisions, market myself, strategize and plan. It also taught me a lot about financial accountability.

Awethu: How long has your business been running for and how many jobs have you created?
Matiwane: I have been in business four months now. In that time I have managed to employ two people – one for admin and one for marketing. I am planning to employ one more person to help me with work so I can share some of my skills.

Awethu: How have the past four months been?
Matiwane: The Incubator has helped me to think constructively. I have no room for errors and I prioritise my business above everything. Joining the incubator exposed me to a wealth of opportunity. I would tell people to take advantage of such platforms because they force them to think.

Awethu: So what does success look like for your business?
Matiwane: For me success is making a turnover of R1.2 million per annum, having my own assets and branches all over South Africa.

Awethu: What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Matiwane: Businessmen and women need to focus on their businesses and not let opportunities pass them by. I would also tell them to practice the law of attraction, expectation and prosperity.

In closing, “work like a slave now, live like a king later”.

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