- The success story of the 10 founders of Mlalazi Trading is one for the history books
- They went from being taxi drivers to owning a lucrative bus transport company
- Now, they can add five more busses to their fleet
In 2011, the 10 co-operatives of Mlalazi Trading struck gold when they were offered the opportunity to start the company with the help of the Department of Transport as part of the transformation policies.
When the department approached them with the idea, all 10 men were working as taxi driver and they had no money to start their own companies.
"There were many hassles involved with that process though and in 2014, we collectively decided to apply for funding to buy eight buses. We went straight to Ithala because we knew it is the only bank that caters for the needs of the black market,” TimesLIVE quoted Thamsanqa Ngcobo.
The men's application was successful, but their business did not take off and they almost had their busses repossessed.
Luckily, they managed to get an extension on the repayment period and things have gone better since.
In fact, Briefly.co.za learned Mlalazi Trading walked away victorious at the 2018 Ithala Business Achievers Awards, which led to a major investment deal.
The group would add five more busses worth R10.5 million to their collection after Ithala Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) gave them the necessary funding.
As for how they feel about the new busses, Ngcobo added it was the start of great things for Mlalazi Trading.
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