A Zimbabwean immigrant in South Africa has narrated how he skipped the country’s borders in 2009 and eventually established a consultancy company in the neighbouring country.
He left the country when the economy had just suffered a recession that started around 2007.
Twelve years later, Chandagwinyira Chose is now an entrepreneur, an employer of note and a proud breadwinner for his family and a role model to his peers.
Chose recounts how he navigated the forest and crossed the crocodile-infested Limpopo River, ending up in South Africa’s sprawling economic hub of Johannesburg – without travel documents.
He now runs a successful consultancy in machinery and logistics and sales business he founded after hustling around to capitalise it through menial jobs.
He is the managing director of Investing In Africa Pty Ltd, a company he founded in 2016 after with the help of a South African friend, Betty Baby Ledwaba who is the company’s sleeping partner.
Chose (62), son of the late former Police assistant inspector Jeremiah Tongai Mubaiwa of Hwedza, narrated:
I am an irregular immigrant from Zimbabwe who is self-employed. I run a business, a machinery consultancy, logistics and sales here in Johannesburg.
Each country has rules and regulations for anyone forming a company and we were privileged to have a local member Ledwaba, a very honest and straightforward person to deal with. We do everything together without any problems and we are not even asking our banks to fund our business, our business is self-financing.
I am in the process of regularizing myself in SA. I wasn’t going to expose myself with the system or the law enforcement. I have played low because of my status.
Yes, the government of South Africa knows that I am here illegally hence the name Chandangwinyira Chose.
I am not evading the immigration laws but I am within the system.
I have managed to avoid any illegal dealings with anyone and I stick to my straightforward business.
Chose said his business had branches in other African countries, which include Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Eswatini.
There are many other Zimbabweans who, like Chose, have made it in business and are contributing to the economic development of both Zimbabwe and South Africa even though they may be in the neighbouring country irregularly.
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