Langa Entrepreneur rides to #YouthStartCT victory

Colin Mkosi’s Cloudy Deliveries was on cloud nine when the business scooped first place in the City’s #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge.

Cloudy Deliveries is a bicycle delivery service that does grocery deliveries for its customers in Langa. It operates on a similar basis as Uber Eats, but uses bicycles instead and can shop at virtually any business, big or small, depending on the customer’s needs.

Clients send their address via WhatsApp, a bike rider is dispatched to collect the shopping list, and ensures the goods make it back to the client.

“Young people are innovative and creative, and often think outside of the box to find solutions, and these ideas only need the right guidance and support to grow,” said Mayor Dan Plato.

“We have seen many such bright ideas again this year, and I extend my hearty congratulations to our winners, but every person who took a chance and entered the challenge. I wish them all the best for the future, and I look forward to seeing how their ventures grow and succeed.”

Second place went to CellTech Academy, run by 29-year-old Dean Layman from Kensington. The business trains adult entrepreneurs and unemployed youth in mobile phone repairs, allowing them to gain a new skill set that they can use to start their own business and employ others.

In third place was 23-year-old Tshegofatso Masenya from Observatory with her GoShare crowdfunding platform for tertiary students in need of financial aid.

‘The ideas that were pitched this year are testament once more to Cape Town’s vibrant and talented community of young people who dream big, and apply themselves.

“Candidates who did not make it to the top three spots must not despair; the City will continue to work with them and develop their ideas so that they can reach success. The ultimate reward of the programme is to enable young people to achieve their dreams and to be truly innovative in a challenging economic market,” said the City’s mayoral committee member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien.

Langa’s Colin Mkosi, 24, scooped first place in the City’s #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge.