Young Dwesi entrepreneur wins PE's Novice Entrepreneur Workshop 2016


A dream became reality for 25 year-old Siyanda Manga, from Dwesi Township in Port Elizabeth, who won the Novice Entrepreneur Workshop, which was organised by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Thursday at the Nongoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton.

Contestants had to come up with fresh new business ideas that were worth of funding. Only 15 of them would go to the semi-finals, but luckily only five of the contestants were present including Manga.

His prize includes R10 000 in funding from the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) as well as a twelve-month business course to help his idea get off the ground.

Manga is a fitness trainer, who owns a gym and holds classes at the nearby stadium. In his business idea pitch he said that, after the passing of his father six years ago, he started to investigate the cause of his death and later found out it was from a heart-attack.

“I did not want anyone else to die from the same illness, so three years later, I started training people in a nearby soccer field from where I live,” said Manga.

He added that he has just started working with few hospitals in the area including Dora Nginza Hospital.

“Winning has humbled and motivated me, I had doubts but it gave me hope. I am truly grateful to everyone, I was emotional and overwhelmed. I am happy to have made my father happy.”

Thursday’s event was the 4th time the Novice Entrepreneur Workshop has been held in the Nelson Mandela Bay – and attempted to break the world record of having more than 1670 people networking at once. The event was in honour of the late former president, Nelson Mandela. The event was proudly sponsored by the City of Champions, which is an NMB Legacy Project.

The event was attending by local entrepreneurs, who included anti-apartheid activist, Mkhuseli Jack, who explained to the gathering why it is important that one ensures they have a business running before thinking about spending profits.

“You do not succeed by showing people that you are driving the latest Mercedez-Benz, firstly you have to get your business running,” he said.

One of the speakers, a trained facilitator, land eviction and family mediator, Sanville Moses, expressed that what matters in a business is how appealing you are to your market or customers.

“Position yourself in a way were people want to do business with you, no matter how small you are” he said.

The event was sponsored by SEDA, NYDA, Shelf Warehouse, Khanyisele College and many more.