Cycling to ensure a community's health
IT IS COMING: Sizwe Nzima’s business, Iyeza Express, saves township residents from queuing for their medication. FOR years, an elderly Agnes Bonzo was forced to spend hours waiting at a local clinic for her medication, wasting valuable time away from her sewing and street-trading stall. But an innovative idea by a 21-year-old fellow Khayelitsha resident to deliver medication to community members by bicycle has changed all that.
Nzima started Iyeza Express in October last year, after attending a six-month entrepreneurship course with the Raymond Ackerman Academy in Cape Town. It is an apt name for his business — in Xhosa, Iyeza translates to both "it is coming", as well as "medication".
He delivers to more than 200 clients across the township, performing a valuable service to many such as Bonzo. Just two years ago, Nzima had his sights set on a legal career.
After doing a legal assistance course at a Boston City college in Cape Town, he began looking for work. During this time, while waiting tables, he heard about the academy from a friend.
His initial application was unsuccessful, but he applied again and entered at the beginning of last year.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business DaySimilar Stories