Sizwe Nzima

While collecting medication for his grandparents at the local clinic Sizwe Nzima looked past the rampant overcrowding and stagnant queues and saw an opportunity. So, when he completed his six-month intensive entrepreneurship course at the Raymond Ackerman Academy, the 21-year-old founded Iyeza Express, a business that collects chronic medication from public health facilities and delivers it, by bicycle, to the doorsteps of clients, most of whom are too busy or too sick to collect it themselves. Since the inception of the business last year the number of clients has grown to more than 120. Nzima employs three people and has been provided with seed funding by the South African Breweries Innovation Awards. Recognition is streaming in from all sides. Iyeza Express was named one of the Top 5 Youth Entrepreneurs at Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week, listed as one of 30 Under-30 African Entrepreneurs on Forbes. com and, as he flits through the streets and alleys of Khayelitsha, Nzima’s progress is marked by shouts of “Go Sizwe!”. — Rudi Benadé