Andile Khumalo is an innovative entrepreneur making moves on our tv screens, radio airwaves and communities. His passion for business has seen him propel himself from humble beginnings to positions of empowering others. The quintessential interest in his creative drive is enlightening the African narrative by strengthening networks among peers and breaking new ground through more initiatives. Waptrendz was fortunate to catch up with the dynamic youth for further insight surrounding the vision behind his communications passion.
1. Tell us who you are and what your craft and passion is all about?
I am Andile ‘Andy Tosh’ Khumalo, an entrepreneur, coach and speaker. I am a resident judge on an entrepreneurial Television Game Show, Game Plan on SABC 2 and a regular feature on SABC Radio Station, SA FM and various media platforms.
I started my business with only R5 airtime, I had no funding but passion, goals and a dream. All I knew was that I wanted to succeed, be the best I can be and help my family. I had to use the available resources even though they were not enough, but I knew it was the first step towards greatness and achieving my goals and dreams and being able to empower the next person.
My craft evolves around entrepreneurship as I’m the founder of Andy Tosh, a Public Relations, Media and Marketing Company and also a co-founder and MD of Black Diamonds World, a platform where black entrepreneurs can share, build and grow in their respective ways while changing the African economic narrative.
I am the Editor in Chief of Destination Gauteng, the ultimate business and leisure gloss magazine guide for local and international business executives on doing business in Gauteng.
I am passionate about youth development, empowerment and entrepreneurship. I am a firm believer that in order to empower the next person you should first empower yourself and entrepreneurship have proven to be that vehicle for empowerment.
2. What are some of the challenges you have faced in your journey so far and what practical lessons have you drawn on your way to where you are right now?
The journey gets to be very dreadful, long and lonely at times. It is during those times I go back to my fundamental principles and remind myself of why I decided to embark on this journey in order to renew my strength.
In most businesses, cash flow tends to be the most challenging aspect for most entrepreneurs but the ability to come up with innovative ways is what sets us apart and allow us to thrive, that’s how we are able to overcome challenges we face, by not being rigid to change.
The best attributes to have in your character as an entrepreneur is, to be honest, and truthful to self. Be able to ask yourself the most hardest questions and sincerely answer yourself. This will help you to overcome challenges in your business and be able to come up with solutions that best suite your organization.
Through this exercise, you are able to get to the root of the problem and have the technical know-how on overcoming that particular challenge. This is how I practically solve challenges I come across in my business and personal life
3. Give us a bit of detail concerning some of the highlights and achievements of your journey so far?
Some highlights and achievements of my journey so far include being the youngest resident judge on a new entrepreneurial television game show, Game Plan on a national broadcast channel, SABC 2 alongside Dragons Den Judge Lebo Gunguluza, CEO of The Innovation Hub McLean Sibanda, Head of Ecosystem Development, Management and Entrepreneurship at Alpha Code Chipo Mushwana to mention a few.
Game Plan on SABC 2 aims to inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship amongst previously disadvantaged communities in a fun way and to look at entrepreneurship as means to change lives.
My recent highlight includes being a Business Coach at YLED (Youth, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development where my team, a group of Grade 11 students who formed a company called LIT’M came first and won the Entrepreneurship challenge which led me to receive an award, Best Business Coach
4. What are some of the upcoming projects you are working on that we can look forward to?
My team and I are currently working on groundbreaking television programs about entrepreneurship. I am working on new projects and partnerships from different African countries and you can look forward to our events for 2018.
5. Waptrendz is a platform aimed at stimulating growth in the entertainment industry and help assist our youth in getting a step forward in seizing opportunities, what expertise can you provide in terms of the media landscape in South Africa and business opportunities?
It is important that we stand together as entrepreneurs and hustlers by supporting each other and our businesses. Keep checking my social media pages for interesting 2018 opportunities you may have interest in. We are working on various projects which will soon be launched. Watch the space.
6. How can people get in touch with you?
People can get hold of me using my social media handles, @AndyTosh_ (Twitter and Instagram) My facebook page is Andile Andy Tosh Khumalo and my personal profile is Andile Andy Khumalo.