FOUNDED in 2015 by 25 year-old Johanna Loit (JL), Epupa Driving School now offers driving lessons for both automatic and manual transmission cars, as well as learner’s license classes.
As a teacher based in Opuwo in the Kunene region, Loit said the idea came about as a result of the lack of professional driver training personnel and the lack of testing institutions in the area.
She said to date the company offers services that include a car hire to NaTIS centres in Windhoek, Rehoboth, Okahandja and Opuwo for driving tests.
Recently, the upcoming entrepreneur met up with Confidente’s Marianne Nghidengwa (MN) to speak more about Epupa and the importance of owning a driver’s license in a world that is constantly evolving among other issues central to her life.
MN: Tell us about yourself and upbringing.
JL: My name is Johanna Loit. I am 25 years-old and I am a teacher by profession. I was born and raised in Windhoek, where I completed high school at Academia Secondary School and obtained my teaching qualification at the University of Namibia.
I’ve always had the passion for business because I was raised by a hardworking domestic worker and businesswoman, my beautiful mom. After completing grade 10, I had to choose what I wanted to become after completing matric.
I decided to choose the commerce field because I wanted to be a businesswoman. Later, I realised that I needed financing to start whatever business I decided to venture in and that’s how I did a proper career research in Namibia and realised that, teaching is the one. More commercial teachers are needed, thus I knew I will not be an unemployed graduate. As a woman and a young entrepreneur, I live by the core-values of honesty, integrity, accountability, commitment and confidence.
MN: Tell us about the establishment of Epupa Driving School?
JL: Epupa driving school was established in 2015 when I was based in Opuwo. I named my driving school after the waterfall, found about 180 kilometres from north of Opuwo. I wanted a name that will remind me of my humble beginnings and Epupa was the most suitable name.
Since its establishment, we now offer driving lessons with both automatic and manual transmission for N$ 120 per/hour, and clients can enquire on 0811423502/0813990195. We also offer learner’s license classes over school holidays as this is the only free time I have from my full-time employment. Apart from learners and driving lessons, we also offer services such as car hire to NaTIS centres in Windhoek, Rehoboth, Okahandja and Opuwo for testing at affordable prices.
MN: What triggered your interest to start a driving school?
JL: I decided to join the transport industry specifically the driving school because it wasn’t easy obtaining my driver’s license when I was based in Opuwo. By then, there was only two driving schools in Opuwo and they were always fully booked. I saw this as an opportunity to enter into this market after I got my driver’s license and bought my first car for a driving school. I took the experience I got to Windhoek to join a bigger market. We now fully based in Windhoek.
MN: With so many driving schools on the market, what makes Epupa unique?
JL: Epupa is unique because so far, it is the only established driving school offering automatic transmission in Namibia after I learned that NaTIS now authorises anybody to test with automatic transmission. We have the most experienced instructors and have a Facebook page, “Epupa Driving School” where we post our tutorials and testing sessions.
MN: How has your growth been since the launch and what are future plans?
JL: Epupa is growing every day. The page gets new likes every week and the incoming calls for queries are very high. We have diversified in all aspects such as; from manual driving lessons to automatic as well as growing to offering tutorials on learner’s license too. Our future plans are to expand from offering Code B to offering code CE with the help of God.
MN: What is your outlook on the future of the driving industry in Namibia?
JL: I see an ever-expanding industry, cars have become affordable and one of the requirement to any job nowadays is a driver’s license. Namibia is going to have cautious drivers on its roads because driving has now become a need which we can’t live without.
MN: How do you measure success of a driver?
JL: A successful driver is a cautious driver. A driver with the right attitude on the road.
MN: How can students best prepare for the challenges of your programmes?
JL: The challenges students might face with us, is their time that we need in order for us to determine that as a student they are ready for test at NaTIS. So, their p a tience is needed.
M N : Just what do you do for a little fun?
JL: I’m a d d i c t e d to playing Car Race and Taxi Games on my moblie phone.I also enjoy bowling.
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