PE firm set to expand into Africa

Shaanaaz de Jager

MZANSI Telecoms and Projects, a Port Elizabeth company which scooped a top African award this year, is already eyeing growth potential throughout the continent.

The company, based in Govan Mbeki Avenue, was founded by Mfundo Watani and Mandla Javu in 2009.

It not only won the Young Enterprise Sector Award (for outstanding accomplishments made by a business director or owner at the age of 30 years or under) but was also crowned Africa’s SMME of the Year at the Africa SMME Awards 2012 at a ceremony in Cape Town late last month.

Mzansi Telecoms and Projects is a client of the Seda Nelson Mandela Bay ICT incubator (SNII). It also has clients throughout the Eastern Cape.

Mzansi Telecoms provides telecommunications, solar energy systems and other advanced business technological solutions to customers around the Eastern Cape, with a vision of spreading to the whole of southern Africa.

Managing director Javu said they were “over the moon” and very excited about winning the award. He said the company had received some good exposure through the competition.

“Business is being picked up in Johannesburg. The company has been exposed to the whole of Africa,” he said.

There was also interest from foreign companies based in Nairobi, Kenya and Mauritius.

“Our team of managers and technical support in Port Elizabeth and surrounding Eastern Cape are available and responsive to a broad range of customer needs – either on-site, off-site or remotely.

“Our solution centres provides a compelling value proposition while reducing costs by 50-60%.

“We have an excellent track record of having successfully delivered for various clients world-wide,” Javu said.

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