Makhanya, who has a diploma in chemical engineering, worked for a chemical company for more than six years and had plenty of experience in the industry, before been retrenched. He opened a factory in Umlazi to make his product and joined the Shanduka Black Umbrellas programme in Durban at the beginning of 2012.
“I know a lot about manufacturing but I believe that the Shanduka Black Umbrellas programme will help me take my business to the next level. I am particularly interested in the marketing and business aspect.”
When Themzak Cleaning Chemicals initially started operating in 2001, it consisted only of the two owners. It now has eight employees on a permanent basis and has supplied chemicals to the Sapref Refinery, Department of Health, Department of Public Works, Department of Housing, Ethekwini Municipality and South African Breweries.
The products that the company distributes are SABS approved and do not compromise on quality.
So what advice would he give to other entrepreneurs: “Bear in mind that the income generated by the business is not a personal income. You should allocate a salary to yourself and utilise the rest for business growth. At the beginning phase of the business, I didn’t even draw a salary.”
Makhanya is married with two children and lives in Malvern. He enjoys watching soccer and is a big fan of Mamelodi Sundowns.
Themzak Cleaning Chemicals
Business: Manufacturer of cleaning detergents and supply of cleaning material and equipment
Owners: Sthembiso Makhanya and Zakhele Sikhosana
Address: 2nd Floor, SmartXchange Building, 5 Walnut Road, Durban
Contact: 031 327 3200/1 or 0823214960
Shanduka Black Umbrella
Shanduka Black Umbrella assists many businesses in addition to Sthembiso’s through its business incubators and plays a meaningful role in helping these businesses to become sustainable and provides corporate South Africa with the opportunity to make preferential procurement and enterprise development a meaningful, effective and value enhancing activity rather than something which a company feels compelled to do in order to comply with B-BBEE scorecard requirements.
South Africa’s economic future depends upon the sustainable increase in the number of small and medium sized companies representative of the country’s demographics and their meaningful participation in the mainstream economy via the supply chains of large established companies.
Many smaller companies do not have the skills and resources to take on meaningful opportunities that are made available through preferential procurement but with appropriate enterprise development support this could be possible.
For those companies which wish to diversify their supply chain by including more black owned EMEs, a collaborative solution may be created with Shanduka Black Umbrellas whereby appropriate 100% black owned SMMEs which meet the companies’ supply chain needs are identified via the companies’ supplier databases, the blackpages and the existing SMMEs within the Shanduka Black Umbrellas programme and a managed supplier development solution be provided via the Shanduka Black Umbrellas incubator.
The managed supplier development solution will ensure the risk to companies in bringing new suppliers into their supply chain will be minimised via the systems and processes already operating within the Shanduka Black Umbrella’s program, namely:
• A rigorous selection program that includes credit and criminal checks to ensure the most appropriate SMMEs are selected;
• A training and personalised mentoring program that includes benchmarks on business plans which the SMMEs prepare themselves thus ensuring each SMME is properly prepared and supported to deliver the level of service, quality and pricing required;
• Rigorous monthly financial accounts provided for every SMME in the program which enables the corporate suppliers to see the economic benefit provided by the procurement opportunities provided to the SMMEs;
• A monthly evaluation of the progress and sustainability of each SMME;
• Supporting the SMMEs with services and infrastructure such as telecoms, use of vehicle, internet and e-mail etc.