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SIMPLE ELEGANCE: The work of Kumbi Afro Enterprises

Just a little over five months ago, Amos Kumbulani worked as a manager for a reputable company in Francistown.

However, driven by the desire to be more financially independent, last October young Kumbulani quit his job of six years to focus on his newly registered company.

The self driven Kumbulani left his managerial position to nurture Kumbi Afro Enterprises (PTY) Ltd, a new company specialing in aluminium glass products, plumbing, civil and electrical engineering.

“The salary I was getting was not enough to sustain me, so I found other meaningful ways of earning income,” he told Voice Money in an interview.

He said he marketed his company during the little free time he had when he was still an employee. “But that was not working for me because I had a duty to deliver on my mandate as a manager,” he explained.

The self driven young man said he registered a construction company with the hope of winning government and both private tenders.

“It was tough. Tenders were few and far between and most were of minimal value in terms of money,” he said.

Undaunted, Kumbulani did not give up. Instead, after conducting thorough market research, he decided to diversify his portfolio.

“I then decided to invest in manufacturing aluminium glass products. I went to South Africa to capacitate myself on the products and I never looked back,” he continued.

Today, Kumbi Afro Enterprises employs 22 young people and occasionally hires temporary extra hands for projects outside Francistown.

“All it needed to start this company was P7.50 taxi fare to the Registrar of Companies and today I’m supplying hardware in North East and villages in Bobirwa,” Kumbulani revealed proudly.

Wearing his trademark natty Afro, Kumbulani added that his very first job was maintenance at Builders Warehouse and Seventh Adventist School in Francistown.

Based at Light Industrial in the second city, the self funded business manufactures state of the art aluminium doors, windows, sliding doors, trellidors and glass sheets of all sizes.

“We have received overwhelming support from businesses in Francistown particularly Engi-Con, Modise Construction and Botswana Housing Corporation,” he said adding that his company is currently putting the finishing touches on BHC houses behind Ledumang in Gaborone.

“I also have to mention that we get a lot of business from individuals. There are property owners and first time house owners who want specialised doors and windows and we are always ready to supply,” he noted.

Barely five months in operation, Kumbi Afro is already a big player in the industry and provides a much needed boost to a city grappling with alarming numbers of unemployment.

There are however challenges in this new business. According to Kumbulani one of their biggest problems is debtors who don’t pay on time.

“We have been lucky because our cash flow has been able to cover operational costs,” he finished.

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