Hailing from Germiston, Ernest Mongezi Majenge is the founder of wheelchair manufacturer The Wheelchair Doctor. “I started operating in August 2018 as a wheelchair repair service,” Majenge says. “We’re busy developing an off-road wheelchair that will cater for people in townships, rural areas and on farms.” Majenge’s company produces the Ruby wheelchair, which can neatly climb and descend stairs, making it ideal for urban areas and distinguishing it from its competitors.
The Wheelchair Doctor offers customised and specialised sports wheelchairs. Majenge’s innovative wheelchair has won him several awards, including the South African Breweries Foundation disability empowerment award and Transnet Matlafatso Centre pitching competition in 2021 and 2020, respectively. “My biggest mistake was when I was trying to come up with a product using assumptions instead of facts and the product did not do well in the market,” Majenge says.
His aim is to restore dignity through mobility for wheelchair users.
Start when you are still young and have a lot of energy because business takes time to make money.