No stop­ping a man with am­bi­tion

Sunday World - - Business - XO­LILE MTSHAZO

SE­CU­RITY guard Mike Ndlovu took a cash loan from his com­pany, Ro­man’s Pizza, to get his driv­ing li­cense in or­der to pre­pare for the next stage of his ca­reer.

His am­bi­tion was to man­age one of the pizza chain’s branches, if not the branch in Sun­ny­side, Pre­to­ria, that he was guard­ing.

There­after the go-get­ter en­rolled for a busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion diploma. Ndlovu (40) had made an im­pres­sion on one of the fran­chisees and dis­cussed with him the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing trained as a man­ager.

When the fran­chisee agreed, I started train­ing as a man­ager by day and work­ing as a se­cu­rity guard by night,” said Ndlovu.

From se­cu­rity guard to part­ner in two Ro­man’s Pizza fran­chises that s Ndlovu s rags-to-riches fairy­tale.

He was equipped only with a Stan­dard 7 (Grade 9) cer­tifi­cate from Ver­i­tas School in Mead­ow­lands, Soweto, when he started work­ing as a guard in 2003.

I per­sis­tently knocked at the door of my bosses for a bet­ter po­si­tion with a bet­ter salary and work­ing con­di­tions, but with no train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence, there were few op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he says.

My big break came when the branch man­ager al­lowed me to be trained as a cashier. That is when I re­alised that life is full of op­por­tu­ni­ties it is up to you as an in­di­vid­ual how you grab them and make the best of it.”

Even­tu­ally, John Ni­co­lakakis, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ro­man’s Pizza, recog­nised a ta­lented hard worker and of­fered him the op­por­tu­nity of run­ning a new store for the com­pany in At­teridgeville, in the west of Pre­to­ria, in 2006.

Ndlovu agreed, but sat Ni­co­lakakis

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