No stopping a man with ambition
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