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Graduates take on Extreme IT

by Linekela Halwoodi


Four Polytechnic of Namibia IT graduates who say sleeping at home with your degree does not bear fruit, have put their laptops and internet to good use to start their IT company - Extreme Information Technology CC.
The company has been in business since last March and according to the main founder, Tangi Amalenga, it’s all been an uphill since their business came into existence.
They do web design, graphic design, web hosting as well as creating web application.
These youngsters are taking advantage of the IT market while it is not yet flooded to create a large cliental base and win the loyalty of important companies.
They do not have a fixed office as they only need the internet and laptops to run their business effectively. They schedule their meetings with clients in cafes.
Amalenga noted that the main challenge in their job is to convince their clients of the importance of the services they offer.
“When you create an application, you need to convince the client that they need it. They don’t appreciate technology but they have to prepare themselves for the future,” Amalenga said.
Although they are experts in their field, they have admitted that technology has failed them on numerous occasions, which nearly cost them important accounts.
“Computers are unpredictable; they can just crash while you are on deadline” Amalenga said citing a recent case while in the north that caused him sleepless nights after a 3G dysfunction.
He added that self-employment requires a great deal of discipline to stick to working hours and to determine the workload you take on.
The youthful entrepreneur says dealing with clients can be challenging at times.
“Clients can just decide not to pay you. They can withdraw after you have wasted your time and effort in working on something for them,” he said.
The trio exploits loopholes they identify in the operations of companies to approach such entities with viable alternatives to gain clients.
Amalenga says being self-employed has not been only educative for them but has also become their livelihood.
“I have friends who have graduated and are at home. People need to stop complaining to the Government, they are lazy,” he said.