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Young city entrepreneur making his mark


His business not only sells cleaning products, it also offers a full-range of cleaning services from corporate offices to garden clean-ups

Tefo Motsage

A TWENTY-five-year-old Kimberley entrepreneur, Tefo Motsage, has been announced as a finalist in the SAB KickStart programme.

SAB KickStart is a youth development programme started in 1995 with the aim of creating meaningful jobs in South Africa by growing sustainable youth-owned businesses.

To date, SAB KickStart, targeted at youth between the ages of 18 and 35, has upskilled more than 25 000 entrepreneurs and empowered over 3 500 youth-owned businesses in South Africa.

Motsage was announced as a finalist in the programme and will represent the city in the national event in November.

Motsage is the owner of LHP Detergents, a one-stop cleaning business that he established in 2009.

The business not only sells cleaning products, it also offers a full-range of cleaning services from corporate offices to garden clean-ups.

Its products have passed through the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) testing, with many following the ‘green’ trend in sustainability.

Motsage currently employs four people but aims to employ up to 30 by 2023.

To help develop the business, he benchmarks himself against industry standards with the objective to gain 50% of the total market share in the Northern Cape. LHP Detergents currently services 32 multinational clients, with POP Logistics being its biggest.

Motsage, who was inspired by his father, “also a passionate entrepreneur”, said yesterday that he was driven by the need to succeed.

“I always have been goal orientated. Besides inheriting the entrepreneurial gene, I have always aspired to change the lives of others – something I can do as an entrepreneur by creating job opportunities.”

His advice to fellow entrepreneurs is to stay focused on your goals and never give up. “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.”

Motsage points out that his journey has not been easy. “There have been too many ups and downs to count and at times I felt like giving up. But looking back now, my journey has made me the person I am today, and I would not change it because I am now more determined than ever.”

The 21 finalists chosen will receive support and development over the coming three months to help elevate their businesses, particularly through opportunities for access to market.

They have been provided with loan funding to support their individual tailor-made business strategies. These strategies and the loan funding allocated to each have been developed according to a comprehensive needs analysis conducted on their existing businesses, supported by personalised industry mentorship.

Up to five of the top entrepreneur finalists will be awarded additional loan funding.

The top entrepreneurs will be selected based on a number of criteria: those that execute their business strategies most effectively; financial and market growth; and job creation.

These winners will be announced during an award ceremony in November this year when Global Entrepreneurship Month is celebrated.

“We believe in the power of youth as key drivers of our country’s economy,” Phumzile Chifunyise, enterprise development manager, SAB, said yesterday.