Sizwe Nzima is 22 years old. He is a determined, energetic, enthusiastic and engaging young man who is crazy determined to see his business succeed. He saw a need and designed a service to address that need, South African government health care institutions have a massive challenge to get chronic medicine to many, many people, this has resulted in long queues that very unfortunately delays people from obtaining their medicine.
Iyeza Express is Sizwe’s answer, a pharmaceutical courier company based in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape. The business was founded in 2013 and delivers chronic medicine to individuals in townships. The client base consists of individuals who do not have the time or ability to collect their own medication from local clinics. The business employs delivery men who use bicycles as transportation modes. The drivers have extensive knowledge of the complex township streets and are therefore able to deliver items efficiently and effectively.
Iyeza Express currently services two hospitals within the Khayelitsha area. These hospitals have 12 000 registered individuals who need to collect medicine on a monthly basis. The total collectable medicines in this area alone are 25 000. Iyeza express hopes to obtain a large portion of this market, as well as expand into other townships within the Western Cape and the rest of South Africa.
Since he joined the program in Module 01, it has grown to over 800 clients which he services on a monthly basis.
He has won numerous awards which include:
· the SAB Foundation entrepreneur competition
· nomination for the ‘Forbes Africa 30 under 30’ list
· winning Cape Town’s most pioneering entrepreneur
· Forming part of Mail & Guardian’s ‘M&G 200 Young South Africans’ in 2013.
Sizwe is one of the young entrepreneurs who will meet top government officials and other stakeholders at the SABS Design Institute in Groenkloof, Pretoria on 24 March for the start of the Next Generation Industrialist Fair.