Ga Sekororo, Tzaneen
Cell: 083 981 1360
Email: [email protected]
Mpho Kgoale established Twaing Trading in 2010, a business that manufactures precast concrete products.
The primary focus of the business is manufacturing windowsills, where one design – called TGK windowsill – has been patented and is available at various hardware stores in and around the Ga Sekororo area. In addition, the business specialises in the manufacture of lintels, pillars and gullies. Supplementary income is generated through the rental of mobile toilets.
It is operation Monday to Saturday – with Saturday being a half day that predominantly focuses on sales and deliveries.
“Within the precast concrete industry, I have learnt, the more moulds you have, the greater the business opportunities are.”
Twaing Trading is a 100% black-owned business. Mpho currently employs three young people from the community and plans to employ up to five by the end of the year, based on business growth.
To help develop the business, Mpho has set a series of goals which include:
Short term, he would like to increase production output, which in turn would reduce its lead time delivery and be more of a value add to his clientele. In addition, he would like to relocate the business – which is currently operation from a backyard – to a new trade site that houses the infrastructure, equipment and machinery to meet the increasing demand of its market.
Long term, Mpho would like to expand his operations to concrete roof tiles and become the leading concrete precast manufacturer in Limpopo.
As a SAB KickStart Boost finalist, Mpho is using the programme as a platform to achieve his short term goals and gain market access and resources to further develop.
“Being part of the programme is helping me grow as a person and as a business – I want to take my learnings and continuing growing long after I have completed SAB KickStart.”
- Inspiration: I receive my inspiration from Mr Jacob Nchabeleng from the LEDet, who is always available to give me business advice – especially when I run out of options.
- What drives you and motivates you as an entrepreneur? I have been motivated, and continue to be motivated, by the difference I am able to make within my community by creating job opportunities. I am driven by the challenges and obstacles I have been faced, which have chiselled my spirit of hard work and perseverance.
- Advice to fellow entrepreneurs: Becoming an entrepreneur is not a ‘get rich, quick’ type of thing. The journey is always full of emerging challenges where the rewards are reaped far down the line. As an entrepreneur you need to apply a formula of hard work + perseverance + patience + discipline = to succeed.
- Something from your entrepreneur journey: My journey has had its fair share of obstacles – especially during the first few years. The first breakthrough was in 2014 when we received a grant from the Limpopo Department: Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDet) under its Adopt a Youth campaign. The exposure helped the business grow and I also received compliance according to industry standards. Thereafter, I heard about the partnership between the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and Transnet, with regard to the Management Diploma programme – and received business development support from Transnet. Now, I am part of the SAB KickStart Boost programme where to date I have also received business training and I now have a well-oiled business plan. I anticipate the SAB KickStart Boost programme will have a great impact to my business (and me as the business owner).
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