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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]

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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]

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