Namibian TV Personality Opens Cash Converters Franchise
There’s nothing Namibian TV personality and actor Dalton Ashikoto enjoys more than juggling careers. Now he is aiming to become a master of multitasking, running a new Cash Converters store in Mega Centre at Windhoek’s Grove Mall. Ashikoto’s Cash Converters store opened on 16 September 2017.
“My career has been dominated by the two loves of my life – performing and business,” says Windhoek born and bred Ashikoto. Now 45, he plays businessman Archie Gumbi in TV hit Generations: The Legacy and previously appeared as tax commissioner Stanley Gwala in Rhythm City. He has also acted alongside Hollywood superstar Samuel L. Jackson in the SA-filmed US movie Kite.
The acting bug first bit Ashikoto while he was studying for a degree in computer science in Nairobi, Kenya, in the mid-1990s. One of his earliest parts was the lead, Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet, a pivotal experience that ensured the growth of his new passion and eventually led him to train in Los Angeles, USA. Even so, Ashikoto did not throw caution to the winds and became the poster boy for blended careers, bridging any gaps in acting parts with support from his business interests.
“I started with an IT business,” he says. “The holding company I established 15 years ago has now expanded to cover a range of sectors, including property development, agriculture, transportation and health and fitness.
“This is my first franchise and I’m already finding that it offers a great learning curve. I am enjoying the challenge and really appreciate all the support I get through this franchise model. I also believe it offers our customers real value for money, which will definitely help drive business growth.”
Ashikoto has planned carefully for success, choosing a site with great visibility and parking at Namibia’s biggest mall. He has also taken on four new employees to assist his Cash Converters store reach his goal of becoming “the best-performing Cash Converters store in the whole of Africa,” he says.
“We are delighted to welcome to the Cash Converters family Dalton Ashikoto and his experience and talent,” says Richard Mukheibir, Cash Converters Managing Director. “All of us in the company know how each and every one of your skills and resources are tested and polished in setting up a new store. I went through it myself opening the first-ever Cash Converters store in Parow more than two decades ago.”
Mukheibir believes franchising enables would-be business owners to grow their business skills and investment within a supportive and professional environment and guides them in avoiding common start-up pitfalls.
“The Cash Converters business model offers a three-for-one income stream for franchisees – dealing in second-hand goods, pawnbroking and micro loans,” says Mukheibir. “We are confident that this, combined with our practical understanding and systems support and training, will help Dalton reach his goals of high performance, diversified business interests and a strong customer base.”
About Cash Converters
Cash Converters Southern Africa was co-founded in 1994 when Richard Mukheibir (Managing Director) and Peter Forshaw (Financial Director) bought the licence to establish a master franchise of the Australian brand, the world leader in trading and marketing second-hand goods and now the world’s largest cash and asset converter. Cash Converters Southern Africa purchases merchandise from customers, enabling them to have instant access to cash. Since 2007, it has also offered short term loans against a customer’s valuables or against their salary. Cash Converters Southern Africa is built on a solid foundation of franchisee owner operators, guided by core values of passion, professionalism, integrity, respect and collaboration. It has already empowered nearly 100 franchisees to run their own businesses and create their own wealth. Each franchise store, in turn, provides job opportunities for an average of 12 employees, each supporting about five other people. This network of businesses is supported by robust processes and systems and ongoing training programmes for franchisees and staff.
Dynamic growth of up to 20% per annum has created more than 80 Cash Converters franchise stores in Southern Africa (as at 1 July 2017). These stores process over 2.2 million transactions a year and have a combined annual turnover in excess of R1.2bn across all products and services.
They are part of the rapidly expanding Cash Converters International network of more than 700 stores around the world. These can be found in such diverse countries as Australia, the founding country, the United Kingdom, Thailand, New Zealand and the UAE, as well as South Africa. Cash Converters Southern Africa was a finalist for the Franchise Association of South Africa Franchisor of the Year Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.