Ndaba Ntsele: Entrepreneurial Vision

Author :

Claire Beswick; Mthuli Ncube

Pages :

12

Product Type :

Case

Reference # :

WBS-2010-12

Teaching Note :

Institute:

Wits Business School

Setting:

Johannesburg, South Africa

Year:

2010

Keywords:

Entrepreneurship

Summary/Abstract:

On 19 May 2010, Ndaba Ntsele – Ernst & Young World Best Entrepreneur (SA, 2007) and CEO of Pamodzi Investment Holdings (PIH), a diversified investment company – was preparing for the launch of Pamodzi Aviation the next day. The company had secured a licence from the Ukraine-based, government-owned Antonov Aeronautical Scientific Complex to service and sell Antonov planes in Africa. However, he still had to negotiate the terms of the relationship that Pamodzi Aviation would have with Denel Aviation, the organisation providing the necessary technical expertise and infrastructure for the venture. His gut told him that Pamodzi Aviation could make millions – if not billions – of rands, but he was aware that real-world realities might get in the way and he wondered if he had missed anything.