Simphiwe Nggoyana believes in building a brighter future and his way of doing so is as the owner of ID Builders Project in Hermanus, which has now been running for two years.
Simphiwe had to leave school early to help support his family and started working in the construction industry. After the first year, his potential, work ethic and drive was recognised and he was promoted to a supervisory position. From there he went on to work at Abagold, a local abalone company, as a development manager. Eleven years later he decided to take a leap of faith and start a company of his own.
His first project was to build a garage. After the successful completion of this first project he registered his business and decided to take it to the next level. He soon realized that the costs of hiring expensive equipment and transport was crippling and he joined the Grootbos Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme to seek funding and guidance to take his business forward. As one of the 18 businesses chosen to receive seed funding, Simphiwe says, ‘I'm not there yet but I feel like my dream has come true. Yes, there are challenges but I feel that I can overcome them. I would like to change the lives of others, to give them jobs and it is my aim to help others in my community change their lives too.