Wheels of fortune continue to turn for young medicine man

Philani Nombembe: Sunday Times, 26 January 2014

EXPANSION is on the cards for a young Cape Town entrepreneur whose innovative courier business had him flagged by Forbes magazine as one to watch. Sizwe Nzima does not have a driver's licence or a car. He relies on his four employees and their bicycles to collect and deliver medicine to more than 400 clients in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, at just R10 a job. His venture is set to be rolled out in Soweto - and this time, his traditional bicycles will make way for electric ones.

Metropolitan Health Group has partnered with the 22-year­old, who said he had developed what was once a chore into a flourishing courier service for patients too ill to collect their own chronic medication. His success earned him a spot on the Forbes list of the top 30 under-30 entrepreneurs to watch last year. Metropolitan has pledged to partner with Nzima to help him expand his business to Gauteng over the next two years. The company will also provide him with electric bicycles. Siraaj Adams, an executive at Metropolitan, said the group was trying to help Sizwe craft a business by assisting him to put systems in place for his business. This would include helping to ensure he succeeds without having to move to Gauteng.

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