From village boy to tech genius after creating ground-breaking app

From village boy to tech genius after creating ground-breaking app

Vutlharhi Valoyi is the founder and CEO of Zulzi, which is making waves in Johannesburg's affluent northern suburbs. He developed an on-demand delivery app that brings groceries to the doors of its customers within an hour.

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His app won first price in the best breakthrough category in mobile company MTN's recent business app of the year awards. Valoyi said he had always followed the progress of start-up companies that won the MTN awards, and saw how they set up their path to success.

"It is still early days to fully assess the impact of the competition on Zulzi, but there has been a lot of interest from users and potential funders and investors."

The self-confessed computer geek, from Ntshuxi village in Limpopo province studied for a BSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand. He then relocated to Cape Town, where he worked for a software company.

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From village boy to tech genius after creating ground breaking app

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He moved to Johannesburg after some time where he worked for a number of companies in the information and communications technology sector before starting his own business in 2014.

Valoyi said he planned to expand Zulzi to other major cities like Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town.

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Prospective customers have to download the app on the Android and iOS mobile phone platforms in order to use the service to get deliveries from retailers such as Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, Dis-Chem and Riverside, as well as restaurants and fast food outlets.

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