Siphiwe Zikalala always dreamt of owning his own business and creating jobs for others. After obtaining his Motor Mechanics Diploma, he joined Volkswagen Menlyn as an apprentice. Four years later, he started his own business, Volkscity Motor Specialist.
Even though the business had a constant inflow of customers, a lack of machinery hampered service delivery. Another challenge was managing the business’ finance, including record-keeping and accounting for every business transaction.
Through the Seda Technology Transfer fund, machinery and equipment at a value of R700,000 were purchased to expand his business. Some of the conditions of the grant required that Volkscity Motor Specialist must be run as a fully functional, sustainable business, including paying its taxes and keeping financial accounting up to date.
Volkscity Motor Specialist now boasts state-of-the-art workshop equipment, a Seda’s business advice has allowed Simphiwe to run his business more efficiently. Simphiwe hopes to expand his business even further, ultimately offering a one-stop service for all vehicle maintenance needs and the following have been realised:
Improved the staff complement from 3 to 12 employees, including six students doing their Level 1 learnerships through Merseta;
Grew his business performance from servicing ten cars a day, to 20 cars per day;
The client base keeps on growing and includes high profile clients such as SAPS.
Advice to other SMMEs
“Anyone who wants to start their own business needs to keep in mind that it takes patience, commitment and sacrifice – it all pays off in the end!”