Today Luvuyo Rani gave a guest lecture to my Strategic Thinking class. Luvuyo is one of the founders of Silulo, an internet cafe, computer training centre and technology company based in the townships. It started 14 years ago out the boot of a car and has now trained 33 000 students, employs 200 people and has more than 40 branches. Luvuyo was recently awarded social entrepreneur of the year at the World Economic Forum.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Luvuyo speak in the class 5 times. He has also assisted with some of my entrepreneurial work and advised me on university projects. Every time I see him I learn something new.

Business in the township for the township

One point that Luvuyo emphasized today is that of building businesses in the township. And, importantly, building these to fill the needs of the township. The dominant narrative around townships is that they are places devoid of true entrepreneurship. Luvuyo proves otherwise.

And he’s putting his money where is mouth is. This month he’s launching a business incubator in Mitchells Plain. The objective of the incubator is to help scale township businesses and help them serve the areas where they come from.

I cannot wait to see the incubator come to life. I’m in constant awe of what Luvuyo and Silulo have achieved!

Thanks again for coming to talk to our students!

Main image was taken during Luvuyo’s talk. Image at the end of the post is a selfie with Luvuyo and his new General Manager, Bongiwe. This lecture theatre is where I teach every week. It’s pretty intimidating but I’ve gotten used to it 🙂

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