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Luvuyo Rani
Connecting Disconnected Communities

The passion Luvuyo Rani, co-founder and CEO of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, has for connecting the disconnected knows no bounds, as this recipe shows.

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In 2004, accounting and business economics teacher Luvuyo Rani resigned from his teaching job and started selling refurbished computers from the boot of his car. Fast forward 18 years and the business he co-founded, Silulo Ulutho Technologies, now has around 50 stores in townships and rural areas in the Western and Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, 250 full-time staff members and 18 franchisees. It also has 200 centres where people can access online government services and receive computer training.

Luvuyo grew up in Queenstown. His qualifications include a BTech and university degree, the Associate in Management (AIM) certificate from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and the Leadership for System Change: Delivering Social Impact at Scale certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Business.

Luvuyo was named one of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) in the category of business, economics and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment. He was featured in Forbes Magazine in March 2014 and was named the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016.


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When the government introduced new curriculum standards that required high schools to teach computer skills, Luvoyo Rani realised there was an opportunity for him to support teachers and create a high-impact business. The result was Silulo Ulutho Technologies, the business he co-founded with his brother.

From encouraging teachers to use a stokvel approach to purchase refurbished computers, to building his business around the values embodied in Ubuntu, Luvoyo’s company is a prime example of excellence and social impact.

With international funding and business planning support, Silulo Ulutho Technologies is well on its way to become a force for good that Luvuyo envisioned, while Luvuyo himself pursues his passion for helping black entrepreneurs scale their businesses.

This recipe is a masterclass in doing business in townships, and how connecting the disconnected can result in commercial success and social impact in equal measure.

What You'll Learn


If you want government to give you a seat at the table, focus on building a business the politicians cannot afford to ignore. This is only one of the powerful lessons in this recipe.

You will also learn how to keep a team motivated and engaged with the company vision, the value that Ubuntu brings to the business world, and how the stokvel model can bring in sales.

The recipe furthermore gives practical advice about doing business in townships, and the need for Africa to focus on gazelles rather than unicorns.


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