Josias Motsoeneng from AC Electromech Services is no stranger to MEDO having been on no less than three programmes and three International Trade visits to the UK. He is also one of the most successful entrepreneurs that MEDO has churned out of its systems. Apart from being a benchmark businessman, he also happens to be one of the nicest guys around. Carla de Klerk had a chat with him about AC Electromech, his past ventures and general pros of being an entrepreneur.
“Being an entrepreneur for me means living in an uncertain world with the objective of long terms benefits,” Josias explains. He is a tall, athletic man with a friendly face and a welcoming disposition. His positivity is contagious and it suddenly isn’t so hard to see why success seems to follow him.
Josias grew up in Orlando East and spent most of his childhood in the dusty streets of Soweto and Johannesburg. “I was never an academic”, he recalls his school years, “I enjoyed sports and culture activities, so I kept myself busy with athletics until I matriculated without ever worrying what career I wanted to pursue.” After matriculating, Josias joined ABSA bank where he worked for four years before setting up his own business. “I learnt a lot about the financial services industry, quality control, negotiating skills, risk assessment and credit management. ABSA was a great platform to understanding the corporate environment, the risk involved in business and the long-term rewards.”
After tapping as much knowledge as he could from ABSA, Josias ventured to Middelburg with a business partner to start a property investment and agriculture business late in 2007. “Our business did extremely well against our competitors and we became train-setters for Middelburg property investment.” Sadly, the partnership and business dissolved as his business partner passed away a few years on. Josias, however, continued his pursuit of success when he acquired a keen interest in AC Electromech Services, which was then a small electrical and maintenance company. He joined Electromech as its marketing director and catapulted the small company to the maintenance giant it is today. “My business is surely my passion. Every morning I look forward to building new relationships and maintaining my loyal customers with quality service.”
“I am an entrepreneur because I enjoy the freedom of being independent generating my own income. It also gives me great humility to see my clients’ businesses thrive because my business.” AC Electromech assists companies in reducing failure in the production plants and maximising profits through predictive and preventative maintenance. “Our technology and equipment can assist companies in the metals, pharmaceutical, wind power, marine, paper, coal, quarry, cement, food and drink industries and much more,” Josias excitedly adds. In ten years Josias sees Electromech as a well-recognised player in the field of infrastructure and strategic asset maintenance, with himself being in a secure financial position to enable him to contribute to the Middelburg community on a large scale. Josias joined MEDO years ago when our mobile entrepreneurship centre, Treppie visited Middelburg, “I was looking for an opportunity to stretch my business network, and MEDO was right there showcasing themselves.” Josias is still actively involved in MEDO events and workshops, “I learnt basic business foundation skills, networking skills and marketing skills to name a few. My relationship with MEDO is still growing, however, and I do believe that I still have a lot to learn and share with the MEDO family.”
If Josias were to give tips to any starting entrepreneurs, he puts the emphasis on relationships. “Relationships are critical in the survival of your business, collaboration will be instrumental with competing industry leaders and marketing continuously even during the quiet season will help your business weather the storm. Execution of your services will be the deciding factor whether you’ll get more referrals or not.” Concluding his speech, he returns again to relationships, emphasising “RELATIONSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS!” A great mind for business and a great person to talk to, or maybe its just his superb networking skills he’s showing off…
Previous MEDO Programmes:
2012 Foundation Business Skills
2013 Supplier Readiness
2014 UK International Trade Programme
2014 National Trade Programme