Fana shivers as he wins E100 000
BY SIFISO SIBANDZE
EZULWINI – A 28 year-old agricultural ist has won himself E100 000 after judges concurred that he was the Grand Prize winner of the Believe Begin Become (BBB) National Business Plan Competition for 2012.
The winner, Fana Mange, who could not believe it when Stanley Mkhwanazi of TechnoServe announced him as the winner, strode to the stage as well-wishers ululated and whistled, congratulating him for the success.
For about a minute, Mange struggled to utter a word due to excitement.
"I’m running short of words and I’m also shivering due to the excitement. Being crowned the overall winner of this competition is something which I didn’t anticipate," he added. Even though Mange was confident and believed in his idea, he mentioned that he thought it would be difficult to win because the other contestants had very good ideas too.
Mange, a civil servant working in the Ministry of Agriculture, hails from Malindza under Dvokodvweni Constituency, which Minister Mtiti Fakudze is a Member of Parliament. Mange’s line of business is piggery which he said he ventured into it in 2005. Meaning he now boast of seven years experience in the business. Mange said his business trades as Lean & Fresh which is an existing piggery business based in Malindza. "The business was established in 2005, operating on a small scale, but due to the high demand of pork in the Swazi market, and in Mozambique, I plan to expand it to a 24 sow unit," he said.
After overcoming the excitement, he said he was grateful to TechnoServe for availing such a unique opportunity to turn around his life once and for all.
"I am honoured to win the prize because I will be able to use it to expand my business. Being a civil servant is not enough for me to achieve my dreams. That is why I took the initiative to join the competition," he said.
"At the moment I have six sows and thirteen porkers ready to be sold to the market," he added.
Mange said his business had been operating at small scale because he did not have access to finance.
However, he now plans to produce 40 porkers per month.
Regarding business, he said it had been good but the stumbling block had been finance to expand it.
Quantifying the money for the 40 porkers he envisages to sell per month, he said he would make E70 000 per month.
He said that would be achieved in the next two years.
Mange said his business had employed three people but he plans to employ up to 30, which will see 10 permanently employed and 20 casual workers.
He said he would be able to achieve this because he had already solicited the market in Mozambique courtesy of his business partners in that country.