Tell us about your company.
After working in various industries, I realised I had a passion for helping People realise their full potential. I qualified as a skills development facilitator (SDF) in 2000, which further exposed me to the arena of training and empowerment. I soon realised that there were a large number of South African companies that were not claiming their skills development levy back. And so Eskilz was created. In the years that followed, I found that client needed their skills development levies. As a result, Eskilz now offers clients more than 20 different services.
What challenges do you face in the industry?
As a leader of a committed team of 30 in Tongaat, KZN and North Riding, Gauteng it is critical that I stay ahead of the game and lead by example in my work ethic. Without any financial assistance, times were often tough, but the company has grown despite this.
What are some of the business lessons you have learnt?
Business in the new democracy has shown me that you need to get up and get it done- don’t complain about the past. Our new democracy has opened up opportunities to us that we could only have dreamed of before.
As a business owner, you cannot afford to take eye off the ball. This is one of the lessons I have learned when I met a billionaire Sir Richard Branson; regardless of where he goes, he is always in contact and aware of what is going on his business.
Words of wisdom.
I am a strong believer in loving what you do and never ever giving up, regardless of how many times you get knocked down… just get up one more time. It may be that last that leads you to victory. My advice to anybody that wants to get into business is to stay the path, document a plan, read it every day with full faith that it will materialise and remember that stuff happens; be ready to handle it and move on. Never give up… you are your best hope.