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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 10:56

Luvuyo Rani honoured by JCI for Entrepreneurial Accomplishment in Germany

luvuyo-rani-jci-honoureeSouth African entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani, who co-founded Silulo Ulutho Technologies with his brother Lonwabo Rani, was honoured by Junior Chamber International (JCI) as a top “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World” in the business, economic and entrepreneurial accomplishment sector. Silulo Ulutho is a leading regional IT solutions firm that encompasses computer training courses, internet cafés, business centers and IT retail and repair services.

Luvuyo represented South Africa at the JCI World Congress in November in Leipzig, Germany as one of only two Africans nominated for the award. The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World program honors 10 outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI mission to serve their communities and provide extraordinary service to their regions. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, they create positive impact on a local and global level. These ten exceptional individuals were honored at the 2014 JCI Awards Ceremony on November 28th during the World Congress event. [Read more]

Growing up in a small town in South Africa, Luvuyo received an education in technical skills and business administration. After teaching accounting and entrepreneurship at the high school level, Rani decided to change his career path and focus on increasing access to technology in his hometown. He started by opening an Internet café that also offered computer training and IT support for local citizens. Expanding his services from the Internet café to a full-scale business, Rani and his brother started Silulo Ulutho, selling refurbished computers, providing IT training and writing business profiles and plans for local businesses. Their work addresses the IT skills gap faced in their community with a specific goal to reduce unemployment by creating sustainable job opportunities.

Selected in 2011, Silulo continues to expand with the help of Endeavor’s network. The Rani brothers were set up with an Advisory Board and were provided introductions to local business leaders with expertise in everything from IT services to restaurant management. Endeavor also connected Luvuyo and Lonwabo to mentors from top partners like EY, which provided the team with strategic financial guidance.

What Luvuyo learnt from his visit to Germany

There are many young people around the world that are making a difference in changing their communities through innovation, education and entrepreneurship. Their activities have a huge social impact in the countries in which they operate. I have also learnt that as South Africans and Africans there is so much that we could do to address our socio economic problems through innovation and entrepreneurship.

His fellow Outstanding Young Persons in the World

I met my fellow Outstanding Young Persons in the World who are doing exceptionally well in different fields such as engineering, academics, sport, education and business. I had the opportunity to meet some of the four thousand JCI members in attendance from different countries.

The entrepreneurship environment in Germany

The environment is conducive for entrepreneurs to prosper and there is so much support given to entrepreneurs to flourish and to grow. There is so much networking and connecting of people between different countries and there is encouragement of collaboration. There is encouragement given to businesses to give back to communities and make a difference.

Other observations

I observed that countries from Middle East, Europe and Asia who are members of JCI are very active in JCI and celebrate entrepreneurial success and those people who are doing outstanding work in their countries are highly recognised.

View the video of JCI 2014 TOYP Honoree Luvuyo Rani http://www.endeavor.co.za/index.php/media-centre/videos/video/latest/junior-chamber-international-2014-ten-outstanding-young-persons-of-the-world-honoree-luvuyo-rani

Article source: http://www.endeavor.org/blog/category/in-the-news/