Multi-talented entrepreneur Mandla Prosper Sibanda is based in Johannesburg where he’s a web developer for Web Garden as well as a clothing designer for Jozi Streets. We spoke to him about why he does what he does and loves doing it:
Why do you do love what you do?
As a web developer, I do it as a profession, for the love for programming, solving Information Tech related problems and for self-fulfillment resulting in developing futuristic solutions for the clients.
As a clothing designer, this is part of me which enables me to be more social and more involved with people from all over the world. I like selling my country and the African continent to tourists and the clothing line I run does just that.
What is it about being an entrepreneur that keeps you inspired?
Besides solving customers needs and fulfilling a need, I enjoy making a difference in my society by creating employment and contributing to the national growth.
Most entrepreneurs will say their challenge is financing but my problem is time. I never have enough time on a day to do as much as I think I am capable of. My other challenge is finding the right people to train so that they can mirror me in the two fields that I am exploring.
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“It’s not done until it ships.” ― Steve Jobs
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My parents, even with lack of formal education, they did all they could to give me and my siblings a stepping stone.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Web Garden will be recognised in South Africa while Jozi Streets will be a household clothing brand in the world.
What’s your greatest hope for South Africa?
I hope that the youth can grasp the opportunities granted/denied to them and make a difference in their lives rather than spending time complaining about the unavailability of resources and to make their dreams and of Africa a reality.