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3/7/2017
Lungelo Mabizela, 28 year-old entrepreneur from Howick in Kwa Zulu Natal started an electrical repair and maintenance company called Nkuluzavu Trading with his brother. He soon realised that his passion was farming and decided to approach the NYDA through Umgeni Local Youth Office (LYO) for assistance to establish his new agricultural venture.
 
Having received advice, Lungelo opted to attend the Business Management Training (BMT) Short Course which was held at Umgeni LYO. The course managed to assist Lungelo with costing, research and marketing, which enabled him to pursue his goal of starting his own company Green Africa Group. He planted his first crop of cabbages in Colenso where he is leasing land using his own capital.
Four (4) months later, he sold his first crop of cabbages to Fresh Market. To date, the business has a turnover of R340 000 per annum and has employed five (5) people, permanently. 
Other NYDA Business Development Services (BDS) intervention have been recommended to Lungelo, which will assist the business to operate more professionally in the future.
Lungelo attributes his success to the knowledge he gained during his training facilitated by NYDA.