Meds, booze, food and groceries delivered to your door with SA app, Zulzi

Entrepreneur Donald Valoyi is the founder and CEO of Zulzi, a mobile app that offers on-demand delivery platforms.

Zulzi is an on-demand delivery platform for goods and services such as meals, groceries, liquor or pharmaceuticals.

The app is in partnership with stores such as Pick n Pay, Woolworths, and delivers in under an hour.

It currently operates North of Johannesburg and plans to expand rapidly in the coming months.

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Valoyi was born and raised in a village called Ntshuxi, in Giyani, a north-eastern town in the Limpopo,

He furthered his studies at Wits University before working as a software developer in Cape Town, where he grew his skills working for several large firms.

In 2016 he decided to launch Zulzi, and saw an opportunity for an online, on-demand delivery service after three years running an e-Commerce platform that sold books and electronics to students.

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He says his mother has played a crucial role is building his resilient character and inspiring his entrepreneurial dribe.

The company has been running over 1 year. It hires over 20 personal shoppers, 35 independent drivers and has six full-time office-bound staffers.

While Zulzi has a turnover of R600 000 a month, Valoyi says there are challenges to expansion in the on-demand space.

Zulzi used to become an e-Commerce business before.

Donald Valoyi, founder and CEO of Zulzi

We started offering one hour delivery and more people became interested. I asked myself: what if we could do this for everything?

Donald Valoyi, founder and CEO of Zulzi

The idea behind Zulzi is about convenience. It's about having one app instead of having multiple apps.

Donald Valoyi, founder and CEO of Zulzi

We have personal shoppers that are ready to help out.

Donald Valoyi, founder and CEO of Zulzi

We've passed over 20 000 orders, delivered within an hour.

Donald Valoyi, founder and CEO of Zulzi

The platform is highly scalable to be delivered to other places.

Donald Valoyi, founder and CEO of Zulzi

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