Maker of SA smartphone wins award
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| @mane_mpi RIDHWAN Khan, the founder of South Africa’s Mobicel Communications, has been recognised for his company’s efforts to bridge the digital divide.
The executive was awarded the EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award for 2018 for Mobicel’s provision of low-cost mobile handsets to the majority poor who cannot afford expensive smartphones from global enterprises.
Mobicel devices are now being sold in more than 5 200 stores across South Africa, with the company boasting 18% of the South African cellular volume market share.
South Africa’s leading and fastest-growing cellular original equipment manufacturer, it is expanding its reach internationally.
Khan will now represent the entire southern Africa region at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monte Carlo, France, in June 2019, where he will compete against more than 50 leading entrepreneurs from across the globe.
Khan, who grew up in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, said he was familiar with the lack of access to communication technologies in the communities there.
“Always look at failure as the beginning, and never as the end,” he advised.
Zimbabwean entrepreneur Davison Norupiri was honoured as Africa’s “exceptional winner” at the justended awards.
He was recognised for his Davipel company, which manufactures dried foods for the region and beyond, creating more than 600 jobs for youths and women.
Norupiri was in particular honoured for his company’s remarkable innovations, which have significantly contributed to empowering youths and women.
Davipel was established in Harare in 2002. It has several other offices in the country’s second-largest city, Bulawayo.
The business has since been able to spread its wings across the entire Southern African Development Community.
The company produces 100 tons of dried food for local and international consumption.
“To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to look at the world through new lenses all the time, just to be able to keep up with the dynamic global economic changes,” Norupiri said.
South African Deborah Merdjan of the Camelot Group was voted winner in the “emerging” category, while compatriot Gloria Serobe came away with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
She co-founded Wiphold, a black women-owned investment company.
“I am flattered by this award. There must never again be a time when a woman who wants to open a business goes through what we went through,” Serobe said.
EY’s World Entrepreneur Awards are the world’s most prestigious business accolades for entrepreneurs and innovators from across the globe.
| CAJ News African News Agency (ANA)