Chang­ers of the courier game

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EET Priven Reddy, a 35-year-old en­tre­pre­neur and his busi­ness part­ner, Sandile Shezi. To­gether they are chang­ing the game by mak­ing the courier busi­ness a pa­per­less sys­tem. Dis­rup­tors in their own right, Reddy and Shezi have de­vel­oped Shy­par – the Uber of the de­liv­ery busi­ness.

Reddy has sev­eral busi­ness in­ter­ests in tech­no­log­i­cal com­pa­nies.

His busi­ness part­ner, Shezi, is the ma­jor share­holder. They started Shy­par, a com­pany that sells fran­chises to peo­ple who own ve­hi­cles that are not older than 10 years.

These ve­hi­cles trans­port goods us­ing the Shy­par App to lo­cate the pick-up point and the drop-off point. The idea of Shy­par came about when Reddy wanted to send rugby match tick­ets from umh­langa to a friend in Sher­wood. He de­cided to call an Uber be­cause he was tired and was too lazy to drive. The idea then stuck. “The prob­lem with do­ing that was these goods are not in­sured and Uber was not de­signed for that,” said Reddy. When he thought about how many peo­ple needed to send items out there, he started to work on build­ing Shy­par.

The great thing about Shy­par in the courier in­dus­try is that once you re­quest a driver to de­liver, they pick your goods up in min­utes and de­liver in less than two hours, de­pend­ing on traf­fic. Reddy says Shy­par changes the en­tire face of the courier in­dus­try. “Nor­mally when you have to send some­thing, you have to book for a courier, wait for a code, go through pa­per­work and open an ac­count. It’s a long process. With Shy­par, once the app is down­loaded, you can send your first re­quest within a minute or two. That’s the beauty of it,” he said.

Reddy and Shezi wanted this busi­ness to cre­ate em­ploy­ment and give peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to em­power them­selves by be­com­ing Shy­par fran­chise own­ers. With that, they started to come across chal­lenges. Some of the peo­ple who ap­plied to work with them had crim­i­nal records.

“They didn’t think that we would do thor­ough back­ground check. We can’t af­ford any driver to be de­liv­er­ing goods while be­ing wanted for what­ever crimes they did,” said Reddy.

The other chal­lenge in their busi­ness was that some driv­ers did not un­der­stand that Shy­par was still new there­fore it could not get busy overnight. Reddy hopes that Shy­par will grow to be the largest pa­per­less courier in South Africa and he made that dream pos­si­ble now that the com­pany had started run­ning.

The com­pany works with 500 ve­hi­cles at the mo­ment and its aim­ing to get 5 000 na­tion­ally.

“It is go­ing to be the big­gest and the largest courier in South Africa,” he said.

“We be­lieve in run­ning our busi­ness eth­i­cally, we don’t take any per­cent­age of money from our driv­ers apart from the bank charges, all the money they make goes to them. We charge them a very min­i­mum monthly fee which is R1000 to be part of the sys­tem,” said Reddy.

His mo­ti­va­tion for this busi­ness is know­ing that he is able to as­sist other peo­ple in putting food on the table and giv­ing them­selves a bet­ter life. His other drive for this busi­ness is that mak­ing money is easy, but mak­ing money the right way is dif­fi­cult and he wants to make money the right way.

Reddy is not just a busi­ness man, but he is one that loves to learn. “I spend about 80% of my spare time em­pow­er­ing my­self with knowl­edge. I do this be­cause I think the more we learn, the more we can pro­vide bet­ter solutions,” he said.



Be­fore you de­velop any ap­pli­ca­tion, you have to firstly un­der­stand the need for it and its mar­ket.

Do you have the cap­i­tal to al­low you to run it for a year with­out mak­ing a profit? If not, try to get fund­ing. This is what most start-up busi­nesses lack in South Africa.

Web­site: www.shy­

Sandile Shezi and Priven Reddy, own­ers of Shy­par, an app-based de­liv­ery busi­ness.

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