Slikour in driver’s seat of the family business
Slikour (Gallo Images)
SIYABONGA ‘Slikour’ Metane, one of the members of the
legendary hip hop group Skwatta Kamp, is now a taxi boss. The rapper, whose
father was also a taxi owner, says he’s been exposed to the taxi industry for
more than 15 years.
HOW HE BECAME A TAXI BOSS
Slikour says his father started the taxi business and he
took over from him. “We’ve bought about 10 more taxis since I took over the business,”
he says. But, Slikour wouldn’t get into too much detail about how many taxis
the business has. The taxi business is not the only one the muso is busy with.
He is also a partner in SlikourOnLife, an online entertainment publication. “I
started SlikourOnLife about five years ago, but sold a part of the business to
other guys three years ago,” he says.
HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT
Slikour says he’s always had an entrepreneurial spirit. His
grandfather started a business, but at the time, he was still too young to say
he learnt anything from it. He says even though his father also had a taxi
business, he was still trying to figure it out as well. “They didn’t teach me
business per se, I just watched and learnt. My dad is the first generation to
be quite entrepreneurial.” In an previous interview with Move!, Slikour, who
had just become a father, acknowledged his upbringing for the person he is
today. “I was raised by really great parents who did not have much, but had the
will to make their children’s lives better. My mother hustled for a bursary for
my brother and I went to a private school and my world opened up from then on,”
says Slikour. “I started seeing what we didn’t have living in the township
while at the same time never understanding why we were so underprivileged. This
motivated me to make something of my life as it showed me that the world isn’t
just where I come from.”
Even though Slikour is involved with the hip hop culture,
which promotes overindulgence, he says he’s always been financially weary of
the lifestyle. “I’ve always had a saving mind and to this day I don’t have
things I don’t need. All I need is food, taking care of family and home.
Anything else is extra,” says the father-of-one. He encourages people to use
their money well and embrace each other for them to succeed. “We have a
generation that sees more value in others than helping ourselves hence we have
the challenges we have today. Let’s all build businesses,” he says. Slikour is
practising what he preaches. Last year, he helped 12 young hip hop artists from
cities across South Africa gain access to the resources necessary to jumpstart
their musical journeys.