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MTEA Project Ensures Buildings Are Safe From Lightning And Properly Earthed

MTEA Project Ensures Buildings Are Safe From Lightning And Properly Earthed

As a sub-contractor on the original building site of Riversands I-Hub, entrepreneur Michael Tshifularo’s company MTEA Project was familiar with the Riversands I-Hub campus before it started operating. “Every new building requires a lightning protection certificate. I was fortunate enough to be involved in the construction phase of Riversands and I’m now well placed to conduct the necessary annual check for the campus,” commented Tshifularo, who started MTEA Project in 2017 after having worked in the industry for 10 years.| “Four years ago...

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Loadshedding Provides Opportunities For Innovative Energy Solutions

Loadshedding Provides Opportunities For Innovative Energy Solutions

South Africa’s sluggish economy can largely be attributed to power supply constraints but the team at Riversands I-Hub-based i-G3N is very bullish that the country will be adopting renewable energy at a much faster rate this year to help stimulate growth. i-G3N has developed technology to assemble and distribute lithium-iron batteries which are extremely cost-effective over the life cycle of the battery, lasting up to three times longer than the lead-acid alternative. While upfront costs are slightly higher (and progressively decreasing),...

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Riversands I-Hub Allows Masodi Organics To Unlock Growth Potential

Riversands I-Hub Allows Masodi Organics To Unlock Growth Potential

When entrepreneur Liz Letsoalo was faced with the prospect of no longer being permitted to run her Masodi Organics hair and skin care products business from her garage in the estate where she lives, she hurriedly made contact with the Hub team and applied for premises. “I don’t know who was more efficient, the Hub team or myself. From my first enquiry to taking occupation was a matter of two weeks,” remarked Letsoalo. Online sales of the natural products – specifically formulated for ethnic hair – have been impressive during lockdown. “My...

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Lucert Group

Lucert Group

The Lucert Group grew its fibre-to-home business by 30% between March 2020 and March 2021 – taking advantage of the instant shift towards remote working during lockdown. “Thanks to the recurring income we receive from our clients, we were quite comfortable during the various stages of lockdown. There’s a saying going around that stable internet is like oxygen and we are fortunate to be the ones supplying it,” said Bongani Khosa, CEO and entrepreneur behind The Lucert Group. One of the company’s clients is The Parks@Riversands residential...

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NextGen Molecular Supplies

NextGen Molecular Supplies

For a fortunate few, the 2020 pandemic was not all doom and gloom.  NextGen Molecular Supplies was one of those privileged companies. The company was registered in 2017 and started operating on 1 February 2020, a few months after the pandemic started. The company is uniquely positioned as one of only a few fully black-owned companies operating in a unique industry – lab testing – and that industry is uniquely relevant to COVID-19. Director and founder Dr Gerald Kimbi says, “Lab testing was the natural path of the business. We did not have to...

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Big Foot

Big Foot

Paying a visit to Big Foot Car Detailing in the business’s new premises at Melrose Arch is a mind-blowing experience! The immediate impression is that Riversands I-Hub SME alumni Vishal Nair is perfectly poised to take advantage of the luxury car dealership environment to grow his business to new heights. Visit website

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Lekgopo leso security services

Lekgopo leso security services

Crime and criminals have no-where to hide with Lekgopo leso security services on the job. This security company founded in 2014 offers VIP services, guarding (property, construction sites, warehouses, and schools) and events security. The company now employs 300 people (120 permanent and the rest are on contracts); 25% of the work force is women. To most security guys Covid 19 was a blessing says Director of Lekgopo leso security services, Lekgaka Frans Chepape. Clients were off site due to Covid lockdown restrictions. The company experienced...

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Why Cook

Why Cook

What is to be done when a business’s main income source all but dries up due to a pandemic? In the case of the team at Why Cook Studio, the two female entrepreneurs immediately realised that they would have to pivot their business and offer different food experiences when corporate clients were working from home and they no longer required regular team meals to be delivered to their doors. Mathapelo ‘Thapi’ Montsho and Yolanda Dlamini from Why Cook Studio exude enthusiasm and zest for life. It’s this energy that has seen them through some...

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Ambesha Africa

Ambesha Africa

“Nothing is impossible if you create a plan and work the plan,” says Trudy Mkansi, Ambesha Africa. Ambesha Africa’s story started in September 2016 with the company’s director Trudy Mkansi designing and manufacturing furniture. Fast forward to today, when the company employs 12 people and is well known for manufacturing high-quality local custom outdoor patio furniture and covers. The company’s success is hinged on its uniqueness. Mkansi explains, “We manufacture our own wicker material known as synthetic cane, which is highly customisable,...

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Rocky Brands

Rocky Brands

Young Entrepreneur Cracks The Cleaning Market Rishav Juglall is no ordinary young man! He started Rocky Brands at the tender age of 21 because he was absolutely determined to become an entrepreneur. The business is now poised to celebrate its 10th birthday in 2021. “When I started, I used my youthful resilience to my business’s advantage because I kept phoning prospects until I got a ‘yes’. From the beginning, I’ve treated everything associated with my business on a professional footing and now I’m starting to reap the rewards of this...

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Food by Kirti

Food by Kirti

@foodbykirti (handle for Facebook and Instagram) White flakes, mustard and cream flowers as well as cherries dressed in rose petals are what you find when you land on the sparkling social media pages of Food by Kirti and you can almost taste her cakes and pies when you do. In 2010, Kirti Kamal founded Food by Kirti, a catering company supplying weddings, events and parties. The company has two part-time employees and two directors and is certainly going places. Food by Kirti’s reviews on social media and word-of-mouth reflects the company’s...

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Zozi Global Logistics and Projects

Zozi Global Logistics and Projects

Established in 2014, Zozi Global Logistics and Projects specialises in providing transport solutions to quarries and civil construction industries. Zozi Global Logistics and Projects delivers innovative transport solutions and advanced fleet management capabilities with sustainable results to a diverse client base. Director Vuyo Zozi says, “We service developers, the construction industry and any business that works with building materials, rubble removal and construction site clearing.” Zozi Global Logistics and Projects employs nine...

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Encircle Media

Encircle Media

The 100% black-owned Encircle Media is a full-service digital communications agency with five full-time staff. Founded in 2014, Encircle Media offers marketing and advertising, public relations and branding for companies across various media platforms.  In the last financial year, Encircle Media contracted over a 100 freelancers and agencies. Encircle Media offers digital amplification through content creation, SEO and adword strategies as well as the social media advertising services integral to the growth of many businesses. Encircle Media...

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Motama Kitchens Is Building Its Way To Success

Motama Kitchens Is Building Its Way To Success

The entrepreneurial spirit is so strong in some people that they’ll walk away from a high-powered role in an SOE to follow their dream of becoming independent and more fulfilled. This is what qualified chemical engineer Aluwani Mutamani did when she took the plunge to devote herself full-time to Motama Kitchens at the beginning of 2018 after starting it as a side-hustle in 2016. Motama Kitchens and Interiors offers turnkey architectural interior design and décor, home renovations and project management services for both residential and...

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The Essential Services Show Must Go On!

The Essential Services Show Must Go On!

Essential services are exempt from lockdown (obviously taking social distancing and protection precautions for personnel on the road) and two businesses at Riversands I-Hub are deemed essential: Organic Matters which removes fat from grease traps for supermarkets and Montech Calibration Services which calibrates equipment for a medical client. Commenting on Organic Matters’ current situation, operations manager Mandy Collins said that the majority of the company’s clients are restaurants, which are closed but food retailers still need to have...

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Jan Matli: A Man Forged In The Fire

Jan Matli: A Man Forged In The Fire

This past month we conducted a virtual interview with Jan Matli, Managing Director and the entrepreneur behind Passiffire-SA, a fire proofing firm based at Riversands I-Hub. This is a man who has devoted himself to self-improvement from technical studies, business skills and even the Bible. He had a twenty year career in electronics and telecommunications before switching into a very niche construction speciality. Tell us about yourself? I spent twenty years in the electronics and telecommunications industry before moving into construction in...

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Asiye Green

Asiye Green

When Life Gives This Entrepreneur Lemons – He Makes Lemonade! On the Riversands campus, Ndumiso Mathebula from Asiye Green is known as a determined, resilient business owner who never gives up and always manages to look on the bright side of life. These characteristics have allowed Ndumiso to leverage off the fact that people are in lockdown to call old contacts and set up virtual sales meetings. “Lockdown is the best time to call people because now they have no excuse to not answer the phone!” was his take on the situation. “When people are...

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