MD: Silulo Ulutho Technilogies
"Creating an IT revolution in township and rural areas of Southern Africa"
We exist to raise the quality of life in emerging communities through technology, training and business services.
“I was born and bred in the Eastern Cape, I came to Cape Town in 1996 to get a tertiary education and pursue a career in teaching. The entrepreneurial seed was always present, however, as I have always looked up to my self-employed mother from a young age. My mom ran a successful shebeen from home when I was growing up and her flair for business was a big influence on me. After graduating from Cape Technikon with a National Diploma in Commercial Education, and a B Tech in Commercial Education a few years later, I started teaching accounting and entrepreneurship at a Khayelitsha high school while continuing to study a B Tech in Business Administration. After three years, however, I decided to take a risk and resign, and shortly afterwards I started my business - Silulo Ulutho Technologies - with my brother Lonwabo in 2004. Teaching was great but I believe it has to be your true calling. I had a different calling and that was to run my own business and open up the world of technology to disadvantaged communities. Silulo Ulutho Technologies started out by selling refurbished computers and soon expanded to basic IT training and writing business profiles and plans for local businesses. In 2006 I was looking to improve my own skills and attended the UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) on a full Institute of Directors (IoD) bursary to add some concrete business know-how to my natural entrepreneurial flair. I believe that the Associate in Management (AIM) course prepared me to grow my business with confidence. We know that there is a hunger for technology in townships and we want to feed this demand. My business partners and I have a vision that will see us opening up a much larger operation with wireless access, more computers, a conference room and cafeteria as well as teaching facilities, in Khayelitsha in the near future. ”
Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts? “This is a great initiative and it is creative and innovative way of getting young people involved in business and giving them the capacity and support to succeed in this industry.”
HOW DO YOU ‘IMAGINE A NEW AFRICA’? “I imagine an Africa where people in townships and rural areas of Africa have access to basic technology needs, where they are able to walk to access these services, or are empowered enough to be able to use them from the comfort of their own homes. I imagine an Africa that is empowered through technology. ”