- An Mpumalanga-born entrepreneur is helping eradicate poverty by hiring locals
- He runs a successful business and focuses on youth job creation
- He hopes to expand his business in the future
Enock Mnisi is helping eradicate the rife unemployment rates in the country. He does this by running a successful business that creates jobs for locals. After completing a National Diploma in Information Technology at a college in Pretoria, he returned to his home in Mpumalanga to work with his dad at his furniture manufacturing and transportation business.
He worked there for three years before going solo.
In 2014, Mnisi registered his own business - Enock wa Verwoed. At the time, he owned a truck and was delivering sand to local builders and buyers. A few years later demand increased and he bought three more trucks.
Speaking to The Sowetan, he said:
“My father helped me buy a brick manufacturing machine... I eventually got it right and started supplying bricks too."
His business grew even bigger and he hired more people, even buying more machines to manufacture more bricks. The company has employed close to 40 people, the majority of which are youths.
“Sometimes, when the business is good, we add 10 more people to meet our targets. This means putting food on more tables and a positive change in the business."
The Small Enterprise Development Agency helped Mnisi with his business plan, and he now supplies to Cash Build and Laduma Hardware stores in the area. He hopes to expand his business even more.
Mnisi advises aspiring entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and not focus on challenges.
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