Biotumelo Seoleseng and Mxolisi Majodina were the joint owner-managers of the Kimberley Skills Centre established in 2013. After eight months of operation, Mxolisi obtained government scholarship to study medicine in Cuba, so had to abandon his technology entrepreneurship dream. Boitumelo assumed full responsibility of the Kimberly Information Technology Centre (ITC) and his management and IT skills were tested to the limit.
Biotumelo has employed two part-time facilitators to assist him with computer training. This has allowed him to concentrate on more demanding tasks such as bookkeeping, management and marketing. From the outset, the centre had difficulty recruiting learners and, five months into operation, could only boast of one registered learner. Despite the learner recruitment challenge, Boitumelo never lost hope; he kept his commitment and dedication to the course.
Today the centre has 10 full-time learners, each pursuing a three-month CompuTutor Course, for which Boitumelo charges R3000 per learner. As an astute businessman, he has rented part of his premises out for Adult Basic Education Maths classes. The monthly income of R1500 that he receives from the deal covers his rent, electricity, water and telephone.
Boitumelo has also broadened his networks in the Kimberly area. To strengthen the ITC brand, he applied for a branding voucher at the National Youth Development (NYDA) and received the sum of R15 000. With this, he intends purchasing pillar banners, posters, business cards, boards and presentation files. Boitumelo has also established links with SEDA for more marketing materials.
It is amazing what Boitumelo has achieved in such short time. “I intend buying my own computers from the money I make. Currently, I am working on a R200 000 proposal – if it is successful, I will give the business a huge face lift.” The centre’s average monthly income ranges between R2700 and R3000, and has so far had 18 trainees.