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Cape Town-based startup, Contour Enviro Group, has doubled their annual turnover from R700 000 to R1,4 million within their first year.
The company was established in 2017 and provides environmental support services such as capacity development and environmental consulting, as well as quality management administration, environmental education and project assistance in the environmental and tourism sectors.
Contour Enviro Group and the SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme
Sabelo Lidani is the founder of the startup and winner of the Tholoana Award, the grand prize he received for demonstrating a high level of commitment to growing his business during the SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme.
The startup increased its annual turnover from R700 000 to R1,4 million
“It has been an amazing journey for me,” comments Lindani, “and the growth in my business has been wonderful. We started on the programme with three employees at the beginning of the programme and now we have 55.”
Lindani, a keen conservationist with 13 years of experience, grew up in Port Alfred where he was surrounded by nature. He decided to pursue nature conservation after listening to local game rangers giving his class a talk in high school,
“Entrepreneurship is exciting and scary at the same time,” he says. “The assistance and support we received on the programme helped us refocus. What really helped me was having a mentor who would not let me give up, even when I wanted to. The programme has taken me from a point where I wasn’t confident in what I was doing and not having a solid vision until this point.”
Lindani notes that moving forward, the startup will continue to provide environmental solutions and assist conservation organisations with capacity.
“Through working alongside local farmers in the community, we will assist them in becoming environmentally compliant before they export their produce to international markets,” he concludes.
Visit the Contour Enviro Group page to learn more about current and future projects.
Featured image: Sabelo Lindani, Founder and Managing Director, Contour Enviro Group (Supplied)