Young people should stand up and create their own jobs instead of waiting for the government to give them golden opportunities. This is the positive message from Mpho Michel Phupheli (29) of Musina, whose entrepreneurship spirit is lifting up young people’s desires of becoming their own bosses. The young man, who established Walaza De Mkupe Projects three years ago, deals with scrap metals which he later sells to licenced dealers around the country.

Phupheli’s hard work, perseverance and zeal to succeed has caught the attention of Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope who paid him a visit in his workshop.

The young entrepreneur said he wants to correct people’s perceptions that the scrap metal business is designated to a certain group of people. “When we grew up, we used to see a large group of the white population in this kind of business. Now that South Africa is a free country and we have equal rights, I want to prove that everyone can succeed in every business venture that we choose. The most important thing is to work hard, set your targets and have achievable goals.”

Phupheli, who works with his younger brother Visect who is full time employee of the company, says he employs four to five young people per month on temporary basis depending on the load of the work. “These people can put some bread on the table because of this business and I’m happy that I’m contributing to their families’ livelihood. I plan to employ more than twenty people on full time basis in the next five years.”

He pleaded to the Mayor to provide his business with land because he is presently renting someone’s yard.

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope said she is pleased that Phupheli is making a difference in the local community. “We will send a team to assess how best we can assist this young man to grow his business.  He is a true example that anything is possible in our democratic country. I hope other young people will learn from him that South Africa is full with opportunities and young people should grasp them with both hands. Indeed, we are very proud of this young man.”

Young entrepreneur, Mpho Michel Phupheli (left) explain to Mayor Mihloti Muhlope how his scrap metal business operates. Also in the picture are Cllr Prince Sakala, Visect Phupheli and Domnic Nkwana (Personal Assistant to Musina Mayor).