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From humble beginnings in the small town of Phalaborwa, Sello Malatji’s passion for plants developed into a successful business. Together with Ronald Mugwena, Sello established Rothe Plantscapers which offers a range of garden design and maintenance services in Johannesburg. Today, Rothe Plantscapers generates an average monthly turnover of more than R1 million and employs a large number of people from his community.
”Soon after we started Rothe, we realised that we have some great ideas and the vision to go with it, but we struggled to formalise our business,” says Sello. This struggle led them to apply for the Acumen programme, offered by Raizcorp. The programme provided him and his partner with business advice about the structures, systems and processes that are necessary for financial success which is exactly what they were looking for. In a short space of time, the owners of Rothe Plantscapers learned how to read financial statements and understand the importance of tracking and managing all business expenses.
According to Sello, the most important opportunity that they received was the ability to connect with a group of peers and fellow entrepreneurs. “The network of like-minded entrepreneurs on call, whenever we needed them, and the relationships we have forged have easily been the win for me and my business.” he says. If you want to transform your business like Sello and Ronald, apply for the Acumen programme today! Raizcorp is Africa’s only unfunded for-profit business incubator model, which provides full service enterprise and supplier development programmes that guide entrepreneurs to profitability.
What do you need to qualify?
- You must be the owner of your business (minimum 51% black ownership) and be active and full-time in it.
- The company must already have been trading for at least 12 months.
- Turnover must be at least R50 000 a month.
- T&C’s apply.
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