Lim small businesses wins Eskom Business Investment Competition

The overall winner, Mamapo Chemicals, with the Eskom Development Foundation CEO, Haylene Liberty-Nel.

LIMPOPO – Mamapo Chemicals from Lebowakgomo recently won the Eskom Business Investment Competition.

The company, which manufactures and distributes cleaning chemicals for industrial, commercial and household consumption, was presented with a R150 000 prize at the awards ceremony held in Johannesburg last month.

Over 400 entries were received from budding small businesses from across the country in the four categories of the competition; manufacturing, services, trade and agriculture. Out of all the entries, 42 finalists were selected and seven of them were from Limpopo. Mamapo Chemicals competed in the manufacturing sector and was selected as the overall winner of the competition.

Among the other six finalists from Limpopo, Greenland Landscaping from Thohoyandou took first prize (R100 000) in the agriculture sector with Livhuki General Trading Ltd from Makhado coming second (R50 000) in the same sector. Another worthy achievement was for Marumo Green Projects from Burgersfort, which was the second runner up (R25 000) in the services sector.

Mamapo Chemicals was founded in 2012

Mamapo Chemicals was founded in 2012 by Ezekiel Madigoe, who, upon completing his BSc degree in chemical engineering, decided it was time to start his own business. Part of their production process involves collecting waste chemicals from detergent manufacturing companies, recycling and processing them into degreaser, car wax and a range of multipurpose cleaners.

The Business Investment Competition, launched eight years ago by the Eskom Development Foundation, is aimed at recognising, rewarding and inspiring small businesses that significantly contribute to the fight against the biggest socio-economic enemies in the country, unemployment and poverty. This year there was R1,3 million worth of prizes up for grabs.

Despite the fierce competition, all the adjudicators were in agreement that they had found a worthy winner in Mamapo Chemicals. The business has grown far beyond expectations, and now intends to buy additional machinery to increase production to meet the current demand. The company has created employment for 34 people, who were all trained by Madigoe.

“We’re passionate about what we do but being named the overall winner of the competition was totally unexpected. The prize money is going to help us to expand and create more than 150 jobs. Just making it to the finals was an achievement and being part of this year’s competition, interacting with some great minds from around the country made it all worthwhile,” Madigoe said.

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