was born in Kwa- Dukuza, lot 14, on the 8th February 1976, at the Stanger Hospital. Both his parents Chintha and Ramlutchman Kissoon were poor. He is the 3rd of 7 children. Whilst growing up, he faced tremendous challenges but the blessings of his parents have always been upon him. Ishwar remembers his dad earning R25 a week whilst his mother worked in the garden and did washing for 50cents a day to provide the family with food. His dad passed away at the age of 39 whilst Ishwar was in matric. His mother could not afford to send him for tertiary education and he immediately went out looking for work to help support the rest of the family.
He was fortunate to find employment at Tony Motor Spares (Mtubatuba-1994) and later at Pipetec (Empangeni-1995).
In 1998, he was retrenched and needed to earn a living. He went to the late Sri Swami Sahajananda who was his spiritual master and mentioned that he wanted to start his own business. He was advised that he “should do everything correctly and success would be his”. Thus, AC Industrial was borne on the 1st June 1998.
When Ishwar started AC Industrial, he had no premises, transport or finances. He is always grateful to his supportive friends because it was through their kind assistance that he was able to make AC Industrial a reality. It is said that “when times are dark, friends are few” but in Ishwar’s case this certainly was not true. He is always surrounded by loving and caring chosen individuals both in his professional and private life who always give him sound advice.
It was during this trying time that Ishwar met his wife, Eswari. He started from nothing. She patiently stood by him whilst the business took priority. She has seen him through his tough, difficult and uncertain times and has always motivated him to persevere.
Without his staff and their collective hard work, KZN AC would not have been were it is today. Ishwar honors and pays tribute to all his staff members. They are the pillars of AC Industrial. He is also quite fortunate that all his staff come from a spiritual background.
Ishwar always pays tribute and offers his gratitude to his Beloved Master’s, Sri Swami Sivananda and Sri Swami Sahajananda for having blessed him with the golden opportunities in life to Serve Mankind and to Strive for the highest in life. During AC Industrial’s existence, he has received awards and compliments which he dedicates to his Beloved Master’s, Sri Swami Sivananda and Sri Swami Sahajananda. Without their Divine Grace none of this would be possible. Ishwar strongly believes that everything happens by the will of God.
Ishwar has been most blessed to work with The President Jacob Zuma ,His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini, King of the Zulu Nation, Dr.Lionel Mtshali , Premier Ndebele and Mrs Ndebele, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Mayors of Uthungulu, Umhlatuze and Umkhanyakude in serving the poorest of the poor in KZN through their partnerships. We share in the common motto of “service to mankind is worship of God.” He also had the opportunity to work with the Consul General Of India , Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Thanks him for the strong relations between India and South Africa particularly in KZN Province.
One of Ishwar’s priorities is to improve water and sanitation services to previously disadvantaged communities in consultation and collaboration with both the authorities and communities. He focuses more on rural areas to ensure that we do away with the situation where children and woman, in particular, need to walk long distances to dams and rivers to fetch water for their households.
Ishwar’s eternal gratitude and heartfelt thanks goes to his Beloved Masters, Sri Swami Sivananda and Pujya Swami Sahajananda for all their guidance and inspiration. Ishwar lives to emulate the teachings of his Divine Master Sri Swami Sivananda, given to him in the following words“TO SEE GOD IN ALL NAMES AND FORMS.
TO SERVE THE POOR AND NEEDY, SEEING GOD IN THEM.
TO RELIEVE THE PAINS, SORROWS AND SUFFERINGS OF OTHERS.
TO SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE WITH OTHERS.
TO BE A COSMIC FRIEND AND A COSMIC BENEFACTOR, A FRIEND OF THE POOR, THE FORLORN, THE HELPLESS AND THE FALLEN, IS MY CREED.”