The Story behind “Ndeuyeeka Investment”, a transportation and logistics company.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself?
A: Norman is a young man that hails from Ohangwena Region and grew in Ongwediva. “I am an ambitious young man that dreams big for his country”. Norman is also the Speaker of the Namibian Youth Parliament and Representative of the Youth at the Inter Parliamentary Union: Forum of Young Parliamentarians African Board. As well as a Political Science Student at the University of Namibia.
Q: What is the name of your business and what does it entail?
A: Our business name is the family surname, Ndeuyeeka Investment Group. Our core business is Transportation and logistics. We also run a consultancy that focuses on Leadership and capacity building for corporate and SME companies. To fast track our operations we have also opened a printing and design shop for corporate uniforms and identity designs of companies that are struggling to get noticed and recognized with a unique look. Furthermore, we also recently added a trade to our group to supply office furniture to companies that sign up with our Consultancy services. Ndeuyeeka Investment Group also recently acquired a 9 % share in a South African SME Company that supplies printing equipment and materials to a number of printing shops in Namibia.
Q: What challenges did you face when starting up this business?
A: Well like most black owned SMEs in Namibia, the most problems that we encountered were getting funding and trust in the industries we chose to operate. Another challenge was the stereotype that a young black owned businesses always underperforms once awarded a contract or job. Other challenges that we faced included lack of parental support from our care givers and often their priorities were set at us finishing school and graduating before anything else. We also encountered a huge loss at the beginning of our business venture as we were not properly mentored and coached on the basics.
Q: Final words of motivation for people looking to start a business?
A: To the all of the people out there with the desire to start up a business, they should know that it’s one thing to start a business and the other to run it. Financial literacy is key when it comes to a successful running of any company. It’s also crucial to highlight the importance of employee and employer relation as this is often what breaks a lot of companies. It is also important to note that loses in the business world will always be there, hence the saying entrepreneurs take the risk. One set back should never allow one to give up but to work harder and make a comeback twice as hard. Let us just not register companies for the sake if registering them hoping to get tenders someday. As young people or business people in general, let’s fight for each other rather than against each other. Lastly as a business owner it’s imperative that you’re educated and encourage all your employees and staff to study further.
“It takes time, sacrifices and dedication to make it work. If you want to own a business it’s now or never “–Norman Ndeuyeeka
Photo credits: Francis Photo Studio