Second Skins started operating in a garage in 1984.
Founder and Managing Director Brett Trollip visited 37 banks looking for start-up capital.
Only two got back to him - one gave him a mere R10 000 to start his business.
Today, Second Skins employs around 80 staff members and grows at 30% per year.
It imports technical sports fabrics and custom made products such as swimwear, sportswear and sun protection gear to supply schools and clubs.
Business growth specialist Pavlo Phitidis described Brett Trollip as a "pavement pounder".
This is a true story of perseverance— Pavlo Phitidis, Business growth specialist
Phitidis gave Brett Trollip tips on how to take his business to the next level.
He advised him to invest in modern technology to expand his business.
Listen to the full conversation below: