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IT visionary, Luvuyo Rani‚ credits his savvy mom for entrepreneurial bug

What started out as a single internet café in Khayelitsha 12 years ago, has grown into a business with 40 branches in Western and Eastern Cape, employing 180 people.

Silulo Ulutho Technologies is the brainchild of social entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani.

Rani explains that the spirit of entrepreneurship was instilled in him at a young age.

His resilient mother ran a shebeen in their backyard in order to help make ends meet for their family.

Rani says that, looking back, his journey was shaped a great deal by the challenges he faced in his childhood.

If it was not for my mother being able to provide and show me entrepreneurship, I wouldn't be here today.

Luvuyo Rani, social entrepreneur and founder of Silulo Ulutho Technologies

Rani had to work multiple jobs while studying at varsity in Cape Town; after many course changes he eventually graduated with a teaching qualification.

He later quit his teaching post and unwittingly began his IT business selling second-hand computers from the boot of his car.

Rani then opened his first internet cafe in Khayelitsha and taught residents how to use computers and other business services.

Today, Silulo Ulutho Technologies bridges the gap for marginalised communities to gain access to the technology and the requisite ICT skills.

Silulo Ulutho Technologies offers computer and phone sales and repairs, web development, CV creation, printing, scanning, faxing, binding, lamination, typing of letters, computer training and design services.

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