Printing SA recently held a competition via social media, offering the opportunity to win a fully sponsored R23,000 digital printing course bursary.
Three finalists were selected from a large number of entries received. The finalists were then brought into Printing SA training offices and put through a series of psychometric tests with Carrington Muliwa coming out the definitive winner.
While in high school, Muliwa had inherited an old broken printer and Pentium 3 laptop from his late uncle, which he managed to fix. A year later in 2004, he began working from home where he formulated CV’s for job seekers. He also created invitation cards, copies and programmes for pre-schools and started building his business account. Unfortunately due to his lack of business knowledge at the time, his business soon collapsed.
However, despite this downfall, in the beginning of last year he decided to resurrect his dream of owning a printing business and saved enough money to purchase an A24 vinyl plotter, multi-functional heat press and a sublimation printer. His goal was to rebuild his business and assist job seekers within his community with well formulated and well written CV’s. Due to Muliwa’s determination and business acumen, he was seen as a worthy recipient of this prize.
Steve Thobela, CEO of Printing SA commented, ‘Muliwa certainly showed his commitment and dedication and we are thrilled at being able to provide him with this opportunity where he will be given some much needed skills to grow his business. The course includes subjects such as introduction to digital printing, inks, colour, media, finishing and overview of machines. We are convinced this will take his business to the next level.’