Sibongile Mdlaka

KwaZulu Beverages(pty)ltd

What does your company do?

The company manufacturers and supply Sparkade sports drink,Vibra energy drink and Mtoti still water.We further involved in community(township)sport's engagement where we come to a sports event.Mostly aerobics where we bring our products samples for people to taste(marketing)thus giving them fuel for the activity.This really helps in promoting healthy active lifestyle in our township people. The company will still expand with many more other different beverage products. We want to be South Africa's brand in beverages that will go internationally.

What is your biggest success?

My biggest success was to successfully formulate a healthier energy drink compared to those found in the market.I am proud to make use of the skills I have acquired in my Biotechnology degree for a good purpose.I have further managed to fomulate a sports drink that does not interfere with diabetic people and they love it.Our energy drink has won a Gold medal at the Cairo Exhibition for Innovation that was held in Egypt in 2018.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

My biggest challenge as an SMME is to get a reliable canning packaging company for Vibra energy drink.Most companies dont offer such services because we are giving them competition so they Can only for themselves.For the one company that offers the service,there pricing was really expensive.This made use to deviate and think of using biodegradable/recyclable plastic bottles to package our product.As much as this is a challenge but we will be brading ourselves differently in the markert.Above all we did not give up but we learn and grow everyday.

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