From a young age I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Towards the end of 2016, I registered my own construction company and I wanted to start with something I could do hands on. While looking for a training centre, someone told me about the Abraham Kriel Emdeni Skills Development Centre. I registered and my name was put on the waiting list for the Tiling and Painting, three month, course. In January 2017, I started the training which included tiling and painting, small business management, life skills and basic computer.
In June 2017, I attended an event organised by the National Financial Literacy Association at Nasrec. At the event, business owners were given an opportunity to enter a competition where they put their business cards in a box. Five cards were randomly selected and those five businesses were given an opportunity to pitch their business in one minute. I was one of the five selected and was fortunate enough to be chosen as the winner.
As the winner, under the construction section, I got an opportunity to be mentored for a year by one of the biggest female owned construction companies in the country, Motheo Construction Group. They have been assisting me with everything from getting the business off the ground. Like putting together statutory documents that I did not have, setting up a website, business cards, letterheads and actual work onsite.
Motheo Telecoms is acting as an incubation company to Singokazi Projects. Projects are channelled to Singokazi Projects; these are telecommunication infrastructure built projects for the fibre to the home programme. Singokazi Projects offers Motheo Telecoms labour only services for now, and in the future a whole package will be offered to Motheo Telecoms.
By Sibongile Ngobeni