Gabisile Mashilwana established Excserpro in 2015, an auto electrical solutions business that also provides remanufacturing services.
The business offers a wide range of services that includes: repairs to stators and alternators, vehicle and machine wiring, winding of stators, rotors and armatures, vehicle diagnosis and the supply of auto electrical parts/spares.
Setting the business apart from others in the industry, Excserpro remanufactures parts instead of just replacing them. In addition, it is a ‘one-stop-shop- that supplies spare parts to save customers time of having to go elsewhere to buy them.
Excserpro has a Level 1 B-BBEE status and is a 60% woman-owned business. Gabisile currently employs three people and plans to employ up to nine by 2023. To help develop the business, Gabisile has set a series of goals which include:
Short term, she would like to employ a qualified auto-electrician, which follows into her next goal of introducing female auto-electricians into the business.
Long term, Gabisile would like to be recognised as a leading auto electrical solutions company in her region as well as to open three departments – repairs, spares and remanufacturing – and employ four people per department.
As a SAB KickStart Boost finalist, Gabisile wants to take what she has learnt from the programme and gear her business up to be a supplier and market ready. She would like market access into bigger corporates and assistance in obtaining compliance within the motor industry.
- Inspiration: Hilton Mukwiri, an electrical engineer who started his own business, which he is running successfully. I saw from him, that it is possible.
- What drives you and motivates you as an entrepreneur? I love my business and I love what I do – I also I love that I am a woman in a male dominated industry. This coupled with the love for my children, means my drive comes naturally.
- Advice to fellow entrepreneurs: Never give up and in business, you need to be patient. It is not easy – if it was, everyone would be doing it.
- Something from your entrepreneur journey: In 2015, I was unemployed and battling to find work so I became an entrepreneur and essentially, employed myself. I started my business in a male dominated industry, which could have been intimidating but it actually isn’t – if anything, it motivates me more to succeed.
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