Education 5.0 transforms thinking, fuels innovation…Gwanda pair builds electrical company to power the region Magcube Electricals crew at work. (Photos courtesy of Pros Photography)

Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, [email protected] 

EMPOWERED by Education 5.0, Joshua Mqabuko Polytechnic College graduates Stephen Magumise (26) and Anxious Ncube (27) have turned their studies into a successful electrical solutions company, Magcube Electricals, serving Gwanda.

Their company name, a combination of their surnames, coincidentally aligns with a next-generation power bank boasting super-charged device capabilities.

Fueled by the Education 5.0 model’s emphasis on entrepreneurship, the young men, who registered their company in December 2021, credit their innovative spirit to this national development initiative. 

Heritage Based Education 5.0, a cornerstone of Vision 2030 achievement, equips graduates with the skills to become self-made contributors.

Magumise, the mastermind behind the business, partnered with Ncube to offer a comprehensive range of electrical services. Their expertise covers power line construction, house wiring, solar panel installation and maintenance, transformer upkeep, substation construction, and power line maintenance. Their clientele includes numerous mining companies and institutions within the mining town.

Magcube Electricals’ achievements include being named Construction Company of the Year at the Sundrive Coalition 2023 Matabeleland South Business Summit and Awards ceremony. Magumise himself received recognition as one of the top 30 influencers in Matabeleland South.

“My love for electrical engineering developed when I visited my brother who is an engineer during the school holidays while I was in Form Four. I used to see him doing his work and I immediately knew that was the profession I wanted to pursue.

“I have had to conquer a lot of challenges to get to where I am. I grew up in the rural areas in Wedza and we had to walk up to 18 kilometres to and from school. This made it difficult for me to study and I had to repeat my O-Levels. I believe that had my circumstances been better I was going to do better in school,” he said.

Driven by passion, Magumise’s journey to electrical engineering wasn’t linear. After O-Levels, he honed his agricultural skills with his uncle. Despite this detour, his love for electrical engineering remained constant. College applications proved challenging due to multiple O-Level sittings, but he persevered.

A turning point arrived in 2019 with a general hand position at Zesa. While clearing land for power lines, Magumise absorbed knowledge by observing the electrical work firsthand. This practical experience fueled his determination, leading him to enroll at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic College in 2020 for a National Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering.

“When I started studying, my main goal was to register my company. The focus of the Education 5.0 model motivated me to be innovative and use the skills I had acquired to start my own thing. I then partnered with Anxious Ncube,” he said. 

Bootstrapping their dream, Magumise and Ncube faced hurdles in registering their company as students. Every cent saved from their allowances went towards the registration fee.

While pursuing their electrical engineering qualifications, Ncube embarked on a National Diploma, and Magumise tackled the certificate level.

“When I finished my certificate level I had a hard time getting a job. I got a contract for three months and stayed for a year without working until I decided to go back to school. I knew the difficulty of securing and job and that’s why I grabbed the opportunity of starting our own company.

“I think it’s important for graduates to focus more on establishing their businesses as this can be the solution to the country’s employment challenges. At the same time it will develop the economy,” he said.

Ncube envisions a future where Magcube Electricals employs hundreds of young people. Currently, they strategically hire former JM Polytechnic students, bringing on around 15 personnel per project. Their next step? Opening a shop to provide top-notch electrical supplies.




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