Avelile Nontanda who hails from Umtata is innovative, ambitious and more importantly a South African millennial leader.
Nontanda knows what struggle is, and he knows the taste of success too.
Nontanda’s journey began when he relocated to Cape Town in pursuit of a tertiary education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
He studied Design Foundation and later majored in Interior Design.
In the process of obtaining his Interior Design qualification, he envisioned a ‘one-stop’ design brand that consisted of innovative, driven, passionate, young talented designers who were eager to learn and become future entrepreneurs.
Nontanda then established a company called Mayhem Design in 2011.
Here is Nontanda’s opinion on the state of SA’s youth and their great potential:
“In South Africa, our young entrepreneurs lack self confidence which results in failure. South Africa’s youth has extreme potential – with rich diversity and natural talent present. We’re also a very angry and determined generation. We are not scared to fight for what we believe in and what we want.
We are socially and politically disillusioned.
This is evident in the past years of student unrest. South Africa’s youth have adopted an anti-establishment attitude, possibly due to the combination of their extreme potential that is undermined and socio-economic disillusionment.
They have a lot to give, but feel that the current systems have failed them. So they go against authoritative figures to do it their own way.
We, the youth, have to resolve this inner discord in order to mature into adults and leaders for South Africa.
A majority of South African youth have the drive to become entrepreneurs because their guardians gave them an opportunity to become whatever they desire to be.
But they still need a lot of guidance and training in order to be successful.
The youth of South Africa need to learn to ask for help.
The youth of South Africa need to get involved in Educational programmes, entrepreneurship programmes and youth workshops.
Young South Africans are bosses instead of leaders.
It takes patience and understanding to be a leader.
I am constantly looking for ways of understanding people in order to be a good leader. In this day and age one needs assistance and guidance from different platforms in order to operate a successful business.
Here is what I have accomplished thus far in the hope that it will inspire you to go out there and live your dreams:
I was determined to succeed which meant that I had to break out of my shy shell and take myself seriously in order to build the empire that I always dreamed of.
I wanted to make a mark in Cape Town and show young entrepreneurs that anything is possible if you put 100% focus and determination in what you do.
I then decided to expand my business into the entertainment industry. But my vision was different compared to other entertainment companies.
I wanted to make a difference by creating a platform for young creative individuals who felt that their work was devalued due to stereotypical mindsets and prejudice.
This is when Mayhem Design and Entertainment (Pty) LTD and the Annual Event Black Fridays was born. The Black Fridays Event is a platform that provides opportunities to designers to showcase their work, inspire and network.
I was honoured and humbled to work with Southern Comfort, Mofaya, Scottish Leader and Hunters Dry who came on board as sponsors.
The Mayhem Team recently partnered up with the PR House of Creatives and Jack Daniels to host the Womapreneur Seminar in Cape Town. The event was hosted at the Sun Square Hotel, Gardens on the 19th of June 2017.
This forum was to help inspire and empower women. The womapreneur shared their stories which included challenges that they faced in the working environment and how they overcame them.
The Mayhem team assisted PR House of Creatives with marketing the event on social media and marketing material (Banners and poster designs). The event was a huge success that left people inspired and ready to, “take themselves seriously,” in order to be taken seriously by other people.”
Started from over 160 competitors, and each week we fought our way to the top, it was never easy, sometimes I even doubted if I actually had it in me but I listened to that inner voice that said “just do it, you never know what the end result will be” I have failed at so many things in life but I always found a way to bounce back. It was not up to anyone but myself to believe that i have what it takes, I can do it! From something that I had started to survive in varsity just to be able to make it to the next day, to a business that brings ideas to life and a platform that encourages others to be great. Today I am happy to announce that we have made it to the Top 10 of the #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial challenge. #TeamMayhem #BlackFridaysIV
[Avelile and his team are currently working on Black Fridays IV which will be hosted in Cape Town in September 2017. There will be a limited number attending this exclusive Event. The details will be released soon.]
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