Johannesburg, 18 December 2017 – The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well in South Africa. A recent report called Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of South Africa: A Strategy for Global Leadership Report found that South African entrepreneurs continue to overcome structural factors, including our country’s slow GDP growth rate and the number of large firms dominating the business market to produce some of the most successful enterprises on the continent. What’s also commendable is that South African entrepreneurs are forward thinking and aren’t afraid to explore new things or different paths. An example is Abel and Kelebogile Mohotji, founders of Mohotji Group – their second Riversands Incubation Hub-based business after Mohotji Investments. Read on to find out more about this venture.
Riversands: What does Mohotji Group do and when was it established?
Abel Mohotji: It was founded in 2006 by myself and my wife Kelebogile. We’re a multi-product and services supplier in various fields including: general trading, horticulture, events planning and management, treasury and risk management, as well as importing and exporting. We cater to start-ups and established businesses operating within South Africa and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
Riversands: What sets your company apart?
Abel Mohotji: We offer tailor-made outsourced solutions aimed at managing risks and improving efficiencies and sales.
Riversands: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced as entrepreneurs and how have you overcome them?
Abel Mohotji: In the beginning, we mostly relied on other people for the operations of the business and that didn’t work so well for us. We’ve since mastered the critical operations ourselves and have contingency plans in place.
Riversands: Why did you decide to move into Riversands Incubation Hub and what kind of impact do you hope the move will have on the business?
Abel Mohotji: We love that Riversands has business support systems for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs and the fact that through its location and partners, it presents opportunities for us. In terms of the impact, we hope to improve our chances of success and growth through the various support programmes.
Riversands: Going forward, what are you hoping to achieve as an organisation?
Abel Mohotji: We want to become a leader in providing world-class services and helping other small to medium-sized businesses grow.
Click here to read about Mohotji Investments – Abel and Kelebogile’s other company.
By Simangele Mzizi