South Africa’s shoe-shine king

first_img18 December 2015“We’re the biggest shoe-shine company in Africa,” says Lere Mgayiya, the founder of Lere’s Shoe Shine Experience, which operates in three major South African airports, in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Shoe-shine king Lere Mgayiya: a home-grown success story http://t.co/fA3p8DM4kg pic.twitter.com/ceQakIJIC3— Destiny Man (@Destiny_Man) July 14, 2015But starting a business wasn’t easy, Mgayiya says. A former South African Airways employee, he is a serial entrepreneur who started up several small businesses that were unsuccessful. In his life, Mgayiya has sold produce – he sold eggs to the Parliament canteen – as well as worked with livestock; he has also had a public mobile phone business and dabbled in stock market investment.Ultimately, those efforts proved fruitless. “I was considered a loser by my peers and family because I resigned from SAA and the money I invested was gone. That created a lot of pressure for me to look for a job. But I did not want to do that because it is not who I am at all,” Mgayiya says.In 2002, inspired by an article about a local shoe shiner, he invested in the man’s business. He also added its unique selling point – the airport locations.Lere’s Shoe Shine at OR Tambo are fantastic! Love these guys. Please support them they do a fantastic job! @pavlobiz pic.twitter.com/L222P8ufAL— Aki Anastasiou (@AkiAnastasiou) November 11, 2014Having worked in airports before, he understood that passenger traffic passing through would make it a strategic location for his service. He used his connections to negotiate a deal to operate at Cape Town International Airport. The company, initially named Airport Shoe Shine, started off slow but steady. Mgayiya sold most of his valuables to invest in his first luxury shiner’s chair and the company’s single employee.“We worked 18 hours a day, six days a week,” he remembers, with the hard work paying off in a substantial profit in the first two months, money he invested back into the company. With two more chairs and more shiners, the business soared.The company’s biggest break was when it received authorisation to open at OR Tambo International, South Africa’s largest airport, where the shiners became a popular feature for travelling businesspeople.Mgayiya partnered with Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), which operates the airports in the country, in his inevitable, unconventional way.“I had read about Acsa looking to encourage businesses within the airport and one day saw the chief executive walking around the Cape Town terminal. I walked up and told her how well she was doing; how I could see how she had turned the business around because I was at the airport every day. And she was so impressed that she asked me why I had not expanded to Johannesburg.”The rest is history.In 2008, the business expanded to OR Tambo and Durban’s King Shake airports and soon after into five other airports around South Africa. However, the stress of running eight detached locations on a limited budget led Mgayiya to close some and focus on the major airports in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.“We learnt our lesson. We expanded too quickly to inappropriate places, which almost killed our business. We had to kill those operations fast before they killed us,” Mgayiya says.But as these three continue to gain more customers, Lere’s Shoe Shine is now eyeing expansion again. This time, though, the business is looking to go global, with plans for partnerships in the US and UK, as well as in the rest of [email protected] @Radio702 staff treated to shoe shine from Elliot for Lere’s Shoe Shine @BDO_SA for the 1st #CEOSleepoutZA pic.twitter.com/wvfFQvTxt7— mich (@michalentweet) May 5, 2015Mgayiya’s business philosophy is simple: passion and clever thinking are more important to entrepreneurs than just money. The business’s customers – be they tourists arriving in South Africa for the first time or seasoned business travellers – always enjoy having someone to talk to. “They enjoy the experience of interacting with (the shoe shiner), (so all my) employees have extrovert personalities“They’re someone to connect with, talk to, when you’re far from home in a hard, cold place like an airport, it’s nice to find a quiet, relaxed space for a chance to stop and relax for a moment and maybe engage meaningfully with someone that you might not have met in any other situation. That’s what this business is really about, everything else will follow if you engage with the client.”Today, Mgayiya has 45 employees and he estimates his company shines the shoes of between 120 000 and 130 000 customers a year.His advice to budding entrepreneurs is to be prepared to commit themselves completely to their business, even if it means facing greater risks. “If you are not invested in that business, it changes the chances of success.”He firmly believes that good businesses are made from good ideas, from your head and heart. “It is the driving force which is generated from the love and passion for those ideas that makes it successful – it is not just the money,” Mgayiya says.“No matter how poor you are, no matter where you come from in life. it is your brain that makes you successful and your heart that drives you.”Source: AFKInsiderlast_img read more

Sell Your Higher Price From In Front

first_imgThe real trick to defending your pricing and the value you create it do so proactively, to get in front of it. This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.The last thing you want to do is to defend your pricing after it comes under attack by a low-priced competitor. Value is tougher to defend when you are on your back foot. Worse, there are stakeholders in every company who are easily swayed by the big lie that you can have better results, better service, and greater outcomes while making a smaller investment in those results.The RecipeSell your value proposition from the start: If your price is higher than your competitor’s, make that point clear from the very beginning of the sales process. It isn’t a secret–or it isn’t going to be a secret for long. Make it known that your price is higher but that the value you create is greater. Your value proposition is what it is; wear it proudly.Justify your higher price: All things being equal, your client is right to choose the lowest price. It is your responsibility to explain to them why your price is higher and why you are worth paying more. It isn’t obvious to them, and it isn’t there job to understand your value proposition–these outcomes belong to you as the salesperson. You justify it–and teach them to do the same.Take credit for producing the value you create: Your clients are under a continuous and unrelenting assault from your competitors. I once had a competitor send a letter to my clients telling them how much they could save by firing me and hiring them. Your competitors are aggressive. The time to defend the value you create isn’t after you are under assault. Report your results. Take credit for the value you create–and do so proactively, not after you are under pressure.Move to higher levels of value: Fear complacency. You need to move to higher levels of value. You need to move from new idea to execution to new idea. Creating new value will keep you one step ahead of your lower priced competitors and it will keep you off your back foot.last_img read more

Kashmir lockdown | TV channels turn town criers

first_imgWith communication lines shut for five days now, people in Kashmir are using local TV channels to announce deaths and other news.The 24X7 Chinar Gold music cable channel had a scroll running on top: “Nazeer Ahmad Akhoon of Srinagar’s Pather Masjid is no more. All relatives watching this are intimated about it.”A close relative of the deceased told The Hindu that just eight people attended the burial, only after pleading for permission before the security forces on the evening of August 6. “Not many relatives could participate in the burial ceremony,” he said.The local channels have become the main communication source to announce cancellations of weddings.“Attention: we regret that all invitations of my son Jibran Javed Buch’s wedding at Hazratbal area stand cancelled,” one scroll read.last_img read more

Awaiting Pacquiao’s ring return

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The 39-year-old Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 knockouts) would rather tangle with either, but would likely fight anybody Arum lines up for him.The listed opponent the fighting senator would face is Mike Alvarado (38-4 26 KOs), a former junior welterweight challenger who at 37 is also not a spring chicken any longer but has won four bouts in a row over lesser opponents.Sportswriter Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reported that “there should be deserved scoffing at the light assignment for Pacquiao” in the person of Alvarado.Pugmire said “the better choice would’ve been newly belted champion Lucas Matthysse” who is handled by Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions that Arum hasn’t contacted.The 35-year old Matthysse won by technical knockout over Tewa Kiram last month to claim the vacant WBA world welterweight title.ADVERTISEMENT Van Der Valk bucks penalty, takes lead LATEST STORIES Pacquiao’s next bout has been under wraps or in limbo for sometime.Although Arum broke his silence recently and saidPacman’s ring return could be finalized a week from February 5, nothing has been heard from him since.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe impressario has expected that Pacquiao, idled from the ring since losing his WBO welterweight belt to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane on July 2, would fight again soon. And it would be in New York for the first time, at the Madison Square Garden no less in a pay-per-view card on April 14.The ESPN PPV promotion is being planned by Arum to be his first with the giant sports network. The twin bill is also supposed to pit two fighters on Pacquiao’s wish list for a comeback bout—his tormentor Horn and unbeaten former four-belt junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Argentinian knockout artist (39-4 KOs) called out Pacquiao before a partisan crowd at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood after his victory over Kiram of Thailand who was fighting in America for the first time.That said, the bout with Alvarado instead of Matthysse “through a matchmaker’s eyes … could allow Pacquiao to score his first knockout victory since 2009,” Pugmire wrote.According to Pugmire, the match up with Alvarado “could produce more enthusiasm for a possible showdown later this year against the favored Crawford, who is ranked No. 1 in The Times’ pound-for-pound ratings.”From “La La Land” to Cleveland. Filipino American point guard Jordan Clarkson, traded by Los Angeles to Cleveland on Thursday led a quartet of new Cavaliers in helping defeat the Boston Celtics in impressive fashion, 121-99, on Sunday.Clarkson led Cleveland’s second unit with 17 points—7-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-4 treys. He added three boards, an assist and a pair of steals as the Cavs spoiled Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement at Boston’s TD Garden.The Celtics could have fielded Pierce in uniform as the Cavs splurged in the last three quarters to embarrass Kyrie Irving and the Celts on national TV. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Manny Pacquiao PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netSACRAMENTO—Manny Pacquiao trusts Bob Arum to keep the trains running.But the promoter appears to be sleeping at the switch.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Art Briles Says QB Stidham Will Play

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Bears starting QB Jarrett Stidham’s status has been up in the air all week after suffering a back injury early in last weeks battle vs. Oklahoma. Briles confirmed to ESPN reporter David Smoak on Thursday evening that Stidham will in fact play this weekend in Stillwater. Whether he will be limited is yet to be seen, but it’s safe to assume he’s headed into Saturday with a few bumps and bruises.#Baylor’s Art Briles was concerned about the progress of @Jarrett_Stidham on Wednesday, but I just received this text, “he’s playing.”— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) November 19, 2015AdChoices广告last_img read more

Bedlam Hype Video: Time To Crown a Big 12 Champion

first_imgThis is good. I’ll leave you with this for tonight. I cam out of my seat on the Tre Flowers hit, by the way. Bedlam tomorrow. Let’s ride.Also if you need to get more hyped (for some reason), here is some fuel. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

On The Importance of 10 Wins For Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The elusive 10-win season. Oklahoma State has seven of them ever. Ever! Four of those have come in the last seven seasons with a chance on Thursday to make that five in seven as the Pokes try to move to 10-3 in 2016 in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado. A quick look at some of the winningest teams of the last few years reveals good company for Mike Gundy and Co.Here are all the teams with 5+ 10-win seasons in the last seven years (since 2010).Alabama: 7Ohio State: 6Clemson: 6Oklahoma: 6Florida State: 5 (6 if it beats Michigan)Stanford: 5Boise State: 5Wisconsin: 5Oregon: 5Michigan State: 5Northern Illinois: 5OSU is the only team during bowl season that has a chance to join this list. LSU isn’t on it. Neither is USC. Not TCU. Not Baylor. Not Louisville, Georgia or Nebraska.“It’s big,” said offensive lineman Zach Crabtree on Tuesday. “It’s always something. I remember coming in here and Coach Gundy talking about that from day one. Any time you can hit double-digit wins at this level, it’s huge. Not many people in the country win 10 games a year, and so this game has big-time implications on it for us. We want this 10th win. It means a lot. It’s just the middle level of success, just puts you in elite company, and we’re there, and we want to stay there.”“Just for me, being here five years and having a chance to have three 10-win seasons, that’s unbelievable,” added senior receiver Austin Hays. “There’s probably I think Coach Gundy told us the other day, there’s only eight or nine teams in the last four years that have won more games than we have, and to be a part of this has just been so special, and then for the guys coming back, to beat a top-10 team in Colorado and to make that our double-digit win would just be huge for the guys coming back, to create that momentum going forward and to propel them into having a great year next year.”Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer stunningly downplayed the achievement before it has been completed.“I don’t like to reflect and I don’t like to kind of summarize things until it’s all said and done, because if we don’t do it, we’ll be sitting back and saying, why couldn’t we get 10,” said Spencer. “But without skirting your question, we’ve had a string of success around here, and I try to get these guys just to think about the next game, and maybe when their career is over, look back and kind of see the superlatives.“I guess we just love to do things right. We love to win the right way. I loved for these guys to leave our program knowing that they’ve gained a lot about life, about being a brother, about sacrifice, and then if you can win 10 games and win bowl games, that’s an awesome thing, too. So I don’t want to diminish that at all. But I just love the process to go through with these young men.”When you win it leads to more winning. Success breeds success as Spencer said. Because success is what the future loves.last_img read more

Notebook: Cowboys Getting Amped Days Before Spring Game

first_img• Later, when I was talking with Tre Flowers, Chad Whitener sneaked behind him. Apparently everyone wants to know what’s being said about them. I propose they just come to PFB to find out later on.• After Gundy got to practice, there was no talk of rattlesnake hunts, singlets or “Big Daddy” mugs. It was exclusively football.• When the media broke from Gundy’s interview and started watching practice, all the reporters saw was a swarm of focus.• Every position group was challenged at the highest level. Coaches were barking. Players were really buzzing around. It was intense and good.• There aren’t any fun videos this week because frankly there wasn’t a lot of fun. That makes sense though. The Cowboys’ Spring Game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.Click here for more details. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. At every spring practice I’ve been to, the theme has been fun. Not Wednesday. Well, let me establish. The first 15 minutes or so were fun. Everything after that was about as intense as spring practices come.Here’s the rundown:• The Cowboys got to the Sherman E. Smith Training Center about 2:20 p.m.• Headlined by Ramon Richards, Trey Carter and Tre Flowers, several Cowboys, mostly defensive guys, grabbed a football and a pair of filled trashcans and started playing a game of trashketball. I guess they didn’t realize it would pretty difficult to score on a trash can that was already filled.• After Mason Rudolph spoke and the media moved to Mike Yurcich, Rudolph creeped behind to listen in on what his offensive coordinator was saying about him which was pretty funny.• See 20 seconds in below.last_img read more

Wenger defends Aubameyang & Mkhi after thrashing

first_imgArsenal Wenger defends Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan after Man City thrashing Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 07:27 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsène Wenger Videos The manager defended his side’s performance after going down 3-0 for the second time in the space of a week at the Emirates Arsene Wenger defended Arsenal’s major January signings after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled to make an impression against Manchester City.Arsenal lost 3-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side for the second time in five days, enduring a thumping in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium after a humbling Wembley loss in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.Wenger’s men have lost seven games in all competitions in 2018, more than any other Premier League club, Aubameyang seeing a penalty saved by Ederson early in the second half to compound the Gunners’ misery. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Aubameyang scored on his Arsenal debut but has not found the net since, while Mkhitaryan was anonymous as City ran riot in a glittering first-half display.Wenger, however, says the pair will come good if given more time to settle in at Arsenal, with his side 10 points behind Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification.”They need time to adapt,” Wenger told a post-match news conference,”Every game you lose now you are under pressure. They are players who just joined us, I am sure they will do well.”7 – Arsenal have lost more matches in all competitions in 2018 than any other Premier League team (7). Woeful. pic.twitter.com/BtTDE55G9G— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Arsenal had made a positive start at a half-empty Emirates Stadium, snowy conditions contributing to a low crowd, before Bernardo Silva curled home a superb strike to give City the lead.David Silva added a second and the unplayable Leroy Sane rolled in a third as City became the first team to score three away to Arsenal in the first half of a Premier League game.”I felt it was a game of top intensity,” Wenger said. “We produced physically our highest performance of the season by quite far. Physically the two teams gave a lot.”I knew the first half would be difficult for us. They took advantage of every defensive weakness in the first half.”We lost against a top quality team, the best in the country. The fact they are high in confidence and we are low played a big part tonight.”3 – Arsenal have conceded three goals in the first half of a Premier League home game for the first time ever. Overwhelmed. pic.twitter.com/BGR7ok0X7f— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Confidence is a clear issue for Arsenal, who have lost four of their last five games in all competitions, suffering successive defeats at home.”You go up by stairs but come down by the lift,” an enigmatic Wenger said of his side’s problems. “We go through a difficult patch, that’s football.”I don’t compare it to any other situation I face before. I commit completely and stay committed and focus on the next game.”last_img read more