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Thulani Ntshuntshe

Co-founder & CEO, Five Star Fire

Thulani Ntshuntshe is the General Manager of Five Star Fire. He grew up in a township called Tembisa. He graduated in 2008 from high school where he had started and ran some of his informal businesses.

During his early high school days, he started his first business where his fellow class mates paid him 50c each for him to go to the tuck shop for them. That was enough to fund half of his lunch and sometimes even the full cost of his lunch. The second business he started in high school was being a “loan shark”. This business was started with zero knowledge of how interest rates are calculated but fortunately so did his client base and from this he made more money than he got as pocket money from home.

After matric, he studied HR at the Tshwane University of Technology for one year and dropped out because he wasn’t enjoying it. He moved on to Birnam College to study Business admin for a year and in 2011-2012 he studied Business admin again with the Maharishi institute which is a consciousness based education. During those years he registered a construction company with a friend which never took off. That experience prompted his next move which was partnering with a business incubator. He joined The Awethu project in 2013 and started an eco-friendly, mobile car wash. The car wash started in Constitution hill and later expanded to the Maboneng precinct where it grew to 5 employees in 3 months.

In 2014 he Co-founded Five Star Fire with the Awethu project using a R1.3 million investment from the SEFA Awethu Youth Fund. Five Star Fire is a fire protection company that specialises in the supply and servicing of fire equipment like fire extinguishers, hose reels etc. The company has grown to 6 employees (full time and part time) including Thulani. We have done work for companies like Nestle, Mercedes Benz, Thebe investments, Bidvest to mention a few. The vision is to grow the biggest fire protection company in South Africa.