Andile Mnisi established Green Output Solutions in 2015, an environmental solutions company that delivers a full spectrum of integrated waste management, environmental rehabilitation, and compliance and industrial cleaning services.
The business offers solutions that range from (but not limited to): integrated waste management, industrial liquid waste, onsite waste management, safe treatment and disposal, waste classification and analysis, atmospheric emission licensing, air emission modelling, waste to economy projects, landfill site licensing, dam inspection services, rehabilitation and remediation services, and sewage plant auditing.
It operates from its Midrand offices while servicing Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West, locally as well as neighbouring countries that include Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and Swaziland.
As policy and legislation differ from country to country, its services are tailor-made, sustainable and cost effective according to each client’s requirements.
Andile currently employs 8 people – three permanent and five seasonal, and plans to employ up to 15 by the end of 2018.
To help develop the business, Andile has set short and long term goals which include:
Short term, to acquire contracts that ensure a consistent monthly cash flow and to purchase assets needed by the business – such as composting machinery and oil filter recycling machinery.
Long term, Andile would like to be a market leader and find alternatives for waste so that it is diverted away from landfill sites and used as a commodity. In addition, she would like to venture into agriculture commercially, through a project that is close to my heart – One Household, One Garden – that brings people closer to the environment, beyond waste recycling.
As a SAB KickStart Boost finalist, Andile has already gained insight from the programme in terms of business alignment and productivity.
“The SAB KickStart programme has made me appreciate my business more and further realise its capabilities. I hope to grow further in the programme over these next few months and at the end, gain market access.”
- Inspiration: I get my inspiration, on a daily basis, from South Africa – our beautiful country. We have challenges but we have also great opportunities. As a proud African, I believe we have the opportunity to change our current situations by working together in unity, and work away from the mind-set of being sustained through financial aids from other countries. If Africa can unite and put Africa first, we will no longer be perceived as a continent that needs assistance and maybe (just maybe), Africa will one day be a continent that offers assistance to others. I am inspired to be one of the people who plays her role in changing our continent and making Africa greater than what it is.
- What drives you and motivates you as an entrepreneur? My drive comes from striving to be a better entrepreneur so that I setup a good foundation for my empire and leave a legacy for my children.
- Advice to fellow entrepreneurs: Fellow entrepreneurs, it is not easy out there. You work harder than you do in the corporate environment but the success is twice as rewarding. My biggest advice is to have a good financial handling and management, and not get tempted to overspend your income. Your successes are great but make sure you ‘save for rainy days’ – because as quickly as the ups come, the downs do too. Remember – all businesses start with just a dream and a vision, and it is all up to you to gamble on that dream… because you will never know if it will succeed or not, unless you try.
- Something from your entrepreneur journey: As a child, I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I entered the corporate world at 19 and built up capital to help fund my first business at 28 – a coal analytical laboratory in Mpumalanga. However, it dissolved when the shareholders had different objectives and I found myself back in the corporate world building capital again for my current business. The rest they say, is history and I have never looked back.