When Junior Stephen Baloyi, an entrepreneur from Pretoria, Mamelodi launched SJAY ARTWORKS with a slogan titled “BRINGING VISION TO LIFE” in 2016, he wanted to create a niche business which was to make posters for local businesses around Mamelodi. He did not make money in the first place and wanted his work to be seen by his potential customers. He then started running events with a team around Mamelodi.
“We used to host events at one of the pubs in Mamelodi west but I then thought is not really what I want to do, we all had different ideas and visions and goals and people don’t know what you actually looking for. We later formed an event company management called divergence and collaborated with few others around Mamelodi but I later left the group, said Junior Baloyi.
If we were to sell different ideas in Mamelodi we would all be successful entrepreneurs. The problem with being an entrepreneur especially in Mamelodi, is that we do not support each other financially although you learn what to do and what not to do in business in the end. I’ve learned to have my own code of conduct for my company to avoid people taking advantage especially when coming to payments. He mentioned that he has gained a lot of exposure in the industry and even learned how to be a DJ, events marketing, Own HR and branding. That has helped him to find himself of a massive brand and poster making that has been growing far beyond his original vision. He’s rolling with it adapting right alongside his one-man company.
Junior has been in the industry for 3 years. He still pursue doing more to develop others in Mamelodi and to get his business abroad. “My work motivates me, I believe more in putting words into a picture and seeing my work out there inspire me to do more”, said Junior. He had people who mentored him throughout his journey, although he has done most of the work to get himself at a peak and some of those people were very inspirational to him, one of them being Ron Epidemic who is a producer and produced for popular artists. He influenced him positively in the journey and that tough Junior perseverance and humbleness.
“My sense of focus helped me to be where I am today, responsibilities made me want to be in this business and work for someone at the same time, I always thought it wasn’t enough to live off. I invest more time and money in myself and company to generate more income”, said Junior.
Junior says for those who pursue being in the same business, grasp your skill, everyone has their own way of designing things, use your own designing skills, get your skills right and don’t be in it for money! In few months time, he said he will want to see himself having his own space of work and have a team to work with.
by: Fortunate Machaba
After Almost 20 years Vodacom Still Owe Nkosana?
When I was reading an article this morning about this movement I felt that Nkosana Makate must get a compensation from Vodacom because is the right thing for the company to do. It came to my attention that Vodacom hasn’t paid since Nkosana since 2000 when he invented the ‘Please Call Me’. Reports revealed that Nkasana invented it while still working for Vodacom.
According to patent Act 1977, the employee is not entitled to compensation if his/her invention belongs to the employer, but if the employee’s invention belongs to them and the employer benefits from it, the employee should be awarded compensation by employer. To my understanding, Nkosana was working for Vodacom and invented “Please Call Me’ of which in my opinion the idea is his and yet he’s not compensated for it.
It’s such an exceptional benefit that Nokosana had demonstrated but yet this matter is not yet resolved even after Court. On the other hand, Vodacom offered Nkosana R 49 Million, he did not take the offer as he thought it was an insult and he wants to settle for R 70 billion. My question here is, is this about whether or not he get compensated for his invention or how much he should be compensated for? I read that Vodacom maintains their offer that Nkosana has rejected and they are expected to resolve this matter at 10am today.
I believe the court was supposed to ensure that it secures for Nkosana “a fair share because Vodacom’s benefit from it. I mean is up to them and the Court to decide whether the sum the inventor was entitled to in compensation should be based on the actual amount made by Vodacom to the patent or the hypothetical amount that the company could have made in almost 20 years. I’m not trying to sound like I’m a lawyer but the fact here is Nkosana must be compensated. I believe that invention is of a great success and he deserves better. Although I haven’t concluded whether the R 70 billion is enough or too much for compensation.
By: Fortunate Machaba
Nombeko Mashele, a resident from Mamelodi East, Phase 3 volunteered to clean the dumping site. She said that her husband used to use the space for his recycling project and after he died some people in the community took advantage and started dumping in the area. “After we buried my husband I decided to start cleaning the area since people were dumping rubbish, it didn’t sit well with me when I saw people keeping on dumping and I decided to do something about it.
Mrs Mashele said she wants to turn the dumping area into a vegetable garden which will help the community with healthy food and will also encourage people in the community to practice a healthy lifestyle. She mentioned that the municipality comes sometimes to clean the dumping site around her area and when they stop coming people look for spaces that they can use for dumping.
“It took me more than two weeks and people kept on throwing rubbish, I’ll clean today and the next day there will be more. I’ve realized that when I’ve cleaned people dump during the night when no one sees them. I’m using material from my home to clean the area, some of the rubbish I can’t use my hands I have to burn them and some I’ll dig a whole for compost purposes”, said Mrs Mashele.
The lady said she tried putting a “NO DUMPING SIGN” board to make the community aware but it didn’t help enough to stop some of them from throwing rubbish. She added that she spoke to the street committee in the community to speak to people about what she want to do with the space.
When she was cleaning, she realised that there are rats already living near where she want to start her project. She said that she might face a greater challenge of dispersing all of them to prevent them from destroying her project.
Mrs Nombeko is looking forward to meet with the Department of Agriculture to approach them and ask for help with plantation and seeds. She also needs equipment such as pipes for water transportation from car wash from the community, fertilizers, poison to kill rats, fence. She said she would like to give back to the community and help elder people and keep them busy and fit as they will be helping with the garden project.
By: Fortunate Machaba
Fascinating Mahube Valley Popup Market
Atang General Training and Conviction, specialising in cooking, baking and selling cocktails and shooters.
Local business owners had a fascinating event yesterday at Mahube Valley, Mamelodi East.
Business owners including tavern owners, fashion designers, product sellers and agencies. They were all invited to the event to showcase their work and sell their products.
Lekaiba’s Design, specialising in beats and accessories
Spit Fire, specialising with sun glasses from London
The event started in the afternoon and its purpose was to invite the community to support local businesses titled: Hashtag SupportLocalBusiness, Bring Own Chair.
Atang General Training and Conviction, specialising in cooking, baking and selling cocktails and shooters. The owner of this company organised the event.
Inuka, specialising in perfumes and hand lotions.
By: Fortunate Machaba
Touch line was re-opened last night 16 June at Mamelodi East Extension 5. The club was closed for two months due to financial problems. “We are entertaining people and bringing friends and colleagues together to have fun. We are doing this to save people from going too far to enjoy themselves but rather come to a place convenient to them”, said one of the owners, Lehlogonolo Molahlegi.
The event started at 6 and finished later that night. The club is running by three young men including Immanuel Mahasha and Mongezi Thabethe. They said that people in the community were complaining about the club being closed down since they had no anywhere else close to go and enjoy. They all three thought of re-opening the club. The club is currently running and they plan to grow it together as partners. “I expect touch Line to grow, the club has been running for two years and what I want to see is growth, said one of the owners.
By: Fortunate Machaba