Thabo B Dlomo hails from Chesterville in KwaZulu-Natal and now lives in the South of London, in Croydon. Thabo, an IT professional came to London in 2005 in search of new opportunities. Initially Thabo worked for global companies such as Fujitsu, however he soon realized that there were a number of opportunities to became self employed, and he started his own IT company called iindlela ICT.
Thabo began by refurbishing computers for South African schools who were looking to have computer labs, he was able to sell it to them at half the normal price. He also helped develop a programme called virtual desktop and later followed the global trend into the world of web development.
In 2012 Thabo decided he wanted to go into media, something that has always been a passion of his, but he says whatever he does he always wants to give back to South Africa and so came up with the notion of creating a media platform for South Africans in the UK to market themselves and showcase their activities - and so Afrotake media was born.
Afrotake has various arms, including Afrotake radio, production services, Afrotake Nights - a networking event that promotes small business, and the latest development, Ontake Studio, a new service that offers digital media production.
Thabo says this platform is not only being offered to South Africans, but also to fellow Africans, “we believe Africa is one country, that is how I see it, and the audience is quite international, there are listeners from Australia, Dubai, Brazil, the US and even Spain”, notes Thabo.
AfroTake has recently been nominated and has won awards for job creation and corporate and community development for their work with Croydon College and Kingston University.
Thabo says South Africa is what it is because of her people, culture and the beautiful land and we should use that to its fullest potential.