Training website generates extra cash

SA Lockdown co-founder Rufaro Mutsinze.

Two software engineers have created a training website for people whose livelihoods are threatened by the Covid-19 lockdown.

SA Lockdown lets independent professionals and small business owners “sell” their skills through online training sessions with customers.

SA Lockdown was founded by Rufaro Mutsinze of Table View and Liyaqat Mugjenkar of Crawford.

Within three days of launching, SA Lockdown signed up 34 experts in photography, remote IT support, Pilates and speech therapy.

Mr Mugjenkar believes it can open up a new way of working and creating jobs.

A link on the website allows experts to sign up and become a vendor. People visiting the page browse the available skills. Depending on the expert’s pricing system, browsers can either name their price or select the fixed price, and add the offer to their cart. Payments for now are made directly to the expert through EFT.

“We are working on getting our own gateway finalised to ease payments,” said Mr Mugjenkar.

“Necessity can be a good motivator. Many people have become accustomed to working remotely; however, traditional professions are still not able to. What we would like to do is spur people’s creativity to try something new remotely,” he said.