South African Anda Maqanda is an electrical engineer who decided to open his own engineering company, despite his father advising against it. Having been born and raised in a small town in the Eastern Cape, he saw how unemployment bred poverty, and says he wanted to start a lasting business that could provide jobs for many.
In 2008 (at the age of 24) he launched AM Group, specialising in engineering solutions for overhead power lines, renewable energy and automation. But when he was unable to land a single contract, he was forced to return to full-time employment.
However, Maqanda did not give up and, after re-strategising, opened the company again in 2010. Today AM Group employs over 150 people and has expanded its operations across the continent, with offices in Port Elizabeth, Nairobi and Addis Ababa.
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