ShapeShifter

How a single township internet café grew into a nationwide IT franchise business

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Luvuyo Rani, Founder and Managing Director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Rani is the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2016).

Rani’s Cape Town based company operates IT stores and training centres in townships and rural areas throughout South Africa, providing job opportunities for unemployed youth.

Silulo Ulutho Technologies started out in 2004 as an internet café in Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town.

It has since grown into an IT franchise business with 36 branches.

Silulo Ulutho Technologies offers computer and phone sales and repairs, web development, CV creation, printing, scanning, faxing, binding, lamination, typing of letters, computer training and design of custom obituaries.

There is money in townships. Even if Khayelitsha has 50% unemployment; there is a large population.

Luvuyo Rani, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

Scroll down for quotes from the video and audio below.

I had no IT background or expertise. But we found a partner to assist us.

Luvuyo Rani, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

I learned the power of leverage.

Luvuyo Rani, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

Banks are too risk averse.

Luvuyo Rani, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

We have 2200 students.

Luvuyo Rani, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

Our students are unemployed youth.

Luvuyo Rani, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

We’re going to become the biggest college to come from the community.

Luvuyo Rani, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

We have customers that want us to set up a WhatsApp account or a Gmail account.

Luvuyo Rani, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

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