Innovation Is Key To Growth And Sustainability Of Small Businesses
When Mlungisi Zwane, managing member of Siyazenzela Trailers, launched his new workshop and offices, there was no other way to describe the propelling growth that this organization is heading toward except to say the sky is the limit.
Siyazenzela is one of the beneficiaries sponsored by Trotech Engineering, facilitated by Bosch Ulwazi under our Enterprise Development component. Mlungisi stood proud before, eThekwini Municipality officials, sponsors, mentors and business associates while he shared the short history of his business. Mlungisi, who was previously a Manager at Collect-A-Can, felt he needed to create his legacy by starting his own business. “At first I didn’t know what business I wanted to pursue”, said Mlungisi, “until I discovered there was a niche in the engineering sector”.
He started working in his home garage until the neighbours complained and he was evicted. He was then compelled to find premises because his business was in demand and also establish ways of sustaining and growing his organization. Initially he focused on residential steel gates and then introduced vehicle trailers and mobile units such as kitchens, refrigeration units, site offices and toilets.
Mlungisi says they are aiming to be a preferred supplier and to be the best in the market. Siyazenzela Trailers currently employs nine (9) people and is looking to triple these numbers by 2015.
As an Enterprise Development organization, Bosch Ulwazi has assessed that innovation becomes imperative for businesses to grow and be sustained. Be innovative and innovation will not only alleviate poverty but it will provide meaningful livelihoods that lift people out of poverty. All that is needed is determination and a little outside of the box thinking.
Congratulations to Mlungisi on this recent achievement and we at Bosch Ulwazi are sure that this is only the beginning of an unstoppable young man with a very bright future!