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20141027 Luvuyo-RaniDESTINY MAN recently profiled Endeavor Entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani, explaining how he turned his passion for teaching into a thriving business. Now Bulelwa Dayimani of Destinyman.com shares insights from advocate, entrepreneur and founder of Purpose Clinic, Charles Magaiza, on some of the qualities necessary to duplicate Rani’s success.

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20150223 Luvuyo-raniEndeavor Entrepreneurs Luvuyo and Lonwabo Rani founded Silulo Ulutho Technologies (which means ‘bringing value through technology’) in 2004. Their aim was to provide IT services to the townships of South Africa. The ten-year journey has demanded grit, determination and all the help that Endeavor could provide to build a business that now operates 18 centres in the Western Cape.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:14

Changing lives one computer at a time

20150122 Luvuyo-rali--690x450When he started his company ten years ago, no one believed it would be the success it is today, but entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani was determined to prove all of them wrong.

When Luvuyo Rani decided to quit teaching and start his own business ten years ago, most people thought he was crazy. That he sold his merchandise from the boot of his car also led many to question his integrity.

Born and raised in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, Rani says that when he was a teenager he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. All he knew was that he had to have a fulfilling career.

So after finishing high school he studied to become an educator. While teaching at Kwamfundo High School in Khayelitsha in Cape Town, the Department of Education introduced Outcome-Based Education, which meant teachers were expected to use computers. Rani says he watched as his colleagues, who lacked basic computer skills, struggle to use the machines.

Watching their difficulties, the now-40-year-old entrepreneur realised that other people in the community must also be facing the same problems. Realising computers were the future, Rani started selling them from the boot of his car, and he also fixed broken machines.

It was tough going at first, and it took him and his business partner, his brother Lonwabo, three months to sell just four computers. Despite the slow growth of their venture, they never gave up on their dream.

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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.

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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]

Published in 2014
Monday, 27 October 2014 15:19

South Africans are definitely not lazy

20141027 Luvuyo-RaniAre we really the worst in the world? That is the question that the recent Sowetan Dialogues session in Langa township, Cape Town, sought to answer.

The Global Competitiveness Report 2014/2015 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) reveals that South Africa ranks 56 out of 144 countries considered, down from 53.Despite the declining performance, this does not seem altogether such a bad ranking.

But with all the human and innovation potential and wealth, there is no reason why we are not higher up on the global competitiveness list.

Reading the report and its analysis of the country's scores, it becomes more apparent that there is a big gap between performance on human development and institutional and regulatory sophistication.

It would seem that, as a nation, we value systems and regulations more than our own people, whose wellbeing is directly linked to the maintenance, success and sustainability of the micro and macroeconomic environment.

The message we should take from the report is that this country's competitiveness can be improved only if the human potential in our nation is nurtured and developed.

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20140821 Silulo technical workshopLuvuyo Rani has been nominated for an award at the Junior Chamber International in Germany, ten years after he started Silulo Ulutho Technologies from his car boot. The founder of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, Rani was nominated by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) in the category of business, economic and entrepreneurial accomplishment.

He said it was a great honour to represent South Africa at the JCI World Congress in November in Leipzig, Germany. Rani said it was also a privilege to be one of the only two Africans nominated for the award.

The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World programme honours 10 outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, they create positive impact on a local and global level.

Fin24 caught up with Rani and asked him a few questions:

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Endeavor SA entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani, a Khayelitsha resident who launched Silulo Ulutho Technologies in 2004, admits to being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in this article in the Business Times on Sunday.

 

Silulo has gone from strength to strength and 3000 students will be trained this year. Since 2007, Silulo has trained more than 12000. At one point the business struggled to get funding and was blacklisted. Silulo entered SAB KickStart, an entrepreneurship development programme, and won a grant.”

 

[Read the full story here]

Published in 2013

Endeavor SA entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani, a Khayelitsha resident who launched Silulo Ulutho Technologies in 2004, admits to being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in this article in the Business Times on Sunday.

 

Silulo has gone from strength to strength and 3000 students will be trained this year. Since 2007, Silulo has trained more than 12000. At one point the business struggled to get funding and was blacklisted. Silulo entered SAB KickStart, an entrepreneurship development programme, and won a grant.”

 

[Read the full story here]

Published in Endeavor SA Blog
Friday, 01 February 2013 08:15

Endeavor entrepreneur’s success

Luvuyo Rani’s business – the Silulo Ulutho –began as a little Internet café in Khayelitsha but has now spread to 19 centres that together employ 75 people. Through these centres 10 000 students have been educated, right up to advanced computer literacy programmes. And people are people are sitting up and noticing.

Silulo Ulutho Technologies’ vision and driving force are based on three things: technology, knowledge and empowerment. Technology enables communication and collaboration across barriers; knowledge is the result of the drive to learn and the need to exceed limitations; and empowerment is creating opportunities for oneself to exceed expectations and optimise potential.

Rani says: “Without Endeavor I don’t think we would be where we are now; they have added so much value to our business. They’ve helped us transform from a little spaza shop to an established national company.”

 

[Read what Cape Business News has to say about Luvuyo Rani]

[Read what Wilma den Hartigh of SouthAfrica.info has to say about Luvuyo Rani]

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