Thabang Mofokeng, chief executive of Samac Engineering Solutions which is providing innovative green solutions to air-conditioning consultants and event management firms, has received a national accolade. Supplied
Durban - Durban entrepreneur Thabang Mofokeng has overcome empty promises, discouragement and business failure to emerge a winner in the SAB KickStart Boost Awards where he snapped up the Innovative Business Award for his engineering firm’s pioneering green solutions last week.

The chief executive of Samac Engineering Solutions, which he founded in 2013 to focus on green solutions for local businesses, said it had been a difficult journey to success. “I have failed countless times and was tempted to give up on many occasions,” Mofokeng said.

“I learnt valuable lessons along the way, lessons you do not receive in school, that shaped my thinking and helped me grow stronger and wiser for my business to remain successful.”

The Mobeni-based company specialises in mechanical and electrical engineering designs - thermal and finite element analysis - and components fabrication.

Mofokeng's target market includes air-conditioning consultants and event management companies which made use of its services for wedding and conferences.

The business has the exclusive rights to supply Phase Change Material, a biodegradable product that cools down buildings and reduces air-conditioning costs by up to 30%.

This material is also used in a new product, Iceless Pour, which is used to serve draught beer without the need for ice.

“The benefits of our products, which are green and energy saving, are a shift in load and carbon emissions and differentiate us from others in the market,” Mfokeng said.

Samac was shortlisted as one of 50 companies to be part of mentorship and incubation programmes run by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2016 and it was shortlisted as one of the top five firms in the African Youth Energy Innovator competition at the Africa Energy Indaba. It was also funded by the Technology Innovation Agency to develop an industrial prototype for a thermal storage mobile air-conditioning system.

Mofokeng aims to expand operations and establish a manufacturing plant with a production line of fixed, mobile and residential air-conditioning units.

His long-term goal is to see the business reach a national and international footprint.

The Mercury