- Xolani Ntuli is the founder of XKG, a timber and logistics company based in KZN
- It recently won a lucrative contract to supply timber to a Chinese company
- He said he is keen to support fellow black-owned companies
A budding entrepreneur from KwaZulu-Natal won a lucrative contract to supply timber to a Chinese company recently.
40-year-old Xolani Ntuli told GCIS Vuk'uzenzele that this is his biggest breakthrough since starting XKG, a business and logistics company, in 2015.
Previously, he had worked in the timber industry for years. He used his experience to venture out on his own, a decision he said was a risk.
Fortunately, his risk paid off. Xolani credited the Emerging Exporter Programme run by Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal for its support.
He made his first 10-ton shipment of pine timber in June and another one of eight tons in September.
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The determined entrepreneur has created five jobs for the youth. He plans to open a branch in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, which is a major source of his timber.
Xolani is big on supporting fellow black-owned companies. For instance, he outsources trucks and machines from them. He said:
I’m a strong believer in outsourcing as a means of supporting other black-owned businesses.
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