Vilot RCL Transport is a “new kid on the block” in the bus commuter sector after only starting its operations in 2013. However, the company is showing huge potential to be a success with 7 buses acquired in the first year of operations and taking the company’s turn over to more than R800 000 per year at the same time. Vilot is collectively owned by 6 members who identified the need to offer commuter business services between Lethabong village and the towns of Brits and Rustenburg in the North West province.
The company approached Seda in 2012 seeking assistance with business plan formulation which will enable the company to access funding, and also help with drawing a clear path for the future of the company. The business plan would also assist in identifying future growth and enable the company to enter into partnerships.
Post its assessment, Seda appointed a service provider to work with Vilot in drafting a bankable business plan, and this was also used to guide on future partnership strategy. The business plan was submitted to the department of transport which granted the company a commuter transport license to operate the route between Lethabong and Brits and Rustenburg. The document also assisted on funding for the new busses acquired to service these routes.
“We are grateful to Seda for the intervention. We need Seda all the way to reach our dreams,” says one of the founders, Mr DM Mototo.
But more greatful is probably the 26 people employed by Vilot who include office staff, bus drivers and anxilliary staff providers who now have the means to provide a sustainable income for their families.