Headed up by Mthandeni Mchunu, Durban-based Sidlula Abanye Trading (Pty Ltd), trading as Inkunzi Group, was registered in 2012 with the aim of providing biometric, time and attendance and information technology (IT) related services to local businesses. The Innovator Trust identified Inkunzi Group as an ideal candidate for their incubation process and the company is taking full advantage of this opportunity to further the business.
Now with a staff of five, Inkunzi Group has proven its viability as a business through the awarding of specialised licences to renowned ICT products such as Sabre hardware. “We are able to provide clients with effective and established solutions, which we are able to tailor to suit an individual business’ needs,” says Mchunu. “Inkunzi Group’s ability to deliver quality products and service has certainly played a key role in our success so far, and has resulted in our partnering with blue-chip clients such as Huawei, Vortex, Telkom, Mind-set Technologies and Dube Trade Port.”
“We have been a beneficiary of the Innovator Trust for about four months now,” explains Mchunu. “The tools and expertise which have been made available to us through the organisation have been extremely valuable so for, while the exposure that we receive from the business seminars that we attend is nothing short of eye opening – giving us insight into real-world corporate scenarios,” he says.
Mchunu goes on to explain that the company’s incubation process has been running simultaneously to a new project awarded to Inkunzi Group by the Department of Rural Development, which involves conducting ICT research and training on in the farming sector. “The program aims to develop young farmers make use of new farming methods and technology once they gain access to their own land and resources. We are incredibly fortunate to have access to the resources now available to us through the Innovator Trust, and expect very positive results from our various initiatives.”
Some other key highlights in Inkunzi Group’s impressive portfolio of experience include becoming the first IT business to launch an e-governance platform, in association the South African Department of Education, in 2014. In addition, the company was awarded finalist status in the Department of Science and Technology’s Top Technology 100 Innovation Awards in 2012/13.
When asked what clients can expect from the company’s offerings, Mchunu says, “By making the choice to utilise one of our solutions, organisations can not only control, but also monitor their most expensive overhead – their labour.
“We are confident that Inkunzi Group will continue to grow and develop, and hold the mentorship and development programmes provided by the Innovator Trust as an important factor to our success,” he concludes.