Neng­wenda makes a clean sweep

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - More Mat­shediso

When Kholofelo Neng­wenda (28) moved from Lim­popo to start a job in Mpumalanga four years ago, she strug­gled to find a do­mes­tic worker. This mo­ti­vated her to start a clean­ing ser­vice and a do­mes­tic worker place­ment com­pany called Mukhoni Clean­ing Spe­cial­ists.

She said her com­pany has grown to cre­ate jobs for about 50 peo­ple in just a few years of op­er­a­tion.

“Soon af­ter reg­is­ter­ing my com­pany the de­mand be­came so high that I ended up re­sign­ing as a school teacher,” she said.

“In the be­gin­ning, the busi­ness fo­cused more on house­hold clean­ing ser­vices and do­mes­tic worker place­ment, but two years later we had to ex­pand our ser­vices to the com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial mar­ket too,” she added.

In 2016, Neng­wenda at­tended en­trepreneurial train­ing at the Na­tional Youth Devel­op­ment Agency (NYDA), which em­pow­ered her as a busi­ness woman.

While she was still at­tend­ing train­ing, she learned that the NYDA had a grant pro­gramme for bud­ding en­trepreneurs and she ap­plied for it.

“I specif­i­cally ap­plied for grants to pur­chase equip­ment

“The ap­pli­ca­tion process took about a year. I re­ceived an

amount of about R49 000 grant from the NYDA in 2017 to buy equip­ment for my com­pany.”

for my busi­ness be­cause af­ter win­ning a ten­der to pro­vide ser­vices for the South African Rev­enue Ser­vices (SARS), we strug­gled to reach win­dows that were up high on the build­ing,” she said.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion process took about a year. I re­ceived an amount of about R49 000 grant from the NYDA in 2017 to buy equip­ment for my com­pany. This helped my busi­ness to ad­vance be­cause we were able to pro­vide ser­vices at SARS and the Steve Tsh­wete Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the past year,” she added.

Her com­pany re­cently ex­panded its ser­vices adding of­fice clean­ing, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial clean­ing to its list.

Among the 50 work­ers em­ployed by Neng­wenda, 35 are per­ma­nent. Her com­pany has also made it pos­si­ble for close to 20 house­hold do­mes­tic work­ers to be placed.

She said her fu­ture plans are to grow the busi­ness.

“I would like to ex­pand my ser­vices into train­ing clean­ers in the hy­giene field and also to be­come a busi­ness im­prove­ment coach or a busi­ness men­tor at the NYDA,” she said.

Some of the work­ers that fall un­der the Mukhoni Clean­ing Spe­cial­ists ban­ner who are now able to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies.

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