Construction Input Incubation Programme Elevating the Entrepreneurs of West Rand

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Westonaria, Gauteng:- Nunnovation Africa Foundation (NAF) in partnership with Sibanye Gold PTY (Ltd) and Department of Small Business Development successfully have had successful operations thus far at the Construction Input Incubator Programme since its launch date late April with the candidates currently immersed in training.

The main goal of the programme is to equip entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and resources to establish manufacturing driven businesses that will serve the current and emerging need of the construction industry and in addition, assist them to manage these business ventures at a sustainable growth and profit margins.

As a start, the incubation programme includes theory training where the chosen entrepreneurs have gained advance knowledge on business and enterprise development. These incubation support resources, like the several other resources that will be provided at later stages, will assist and teach the entrepreneurs efficient methods to run their businesses, with the objective of elevating them beyond mere survivalist modes of operation to sustainable manufacturing enterprises.

Addition to the actual programme, we’ve recently kicked off Monthly Workshops, where the candidates learn basic knowledge about specific spheres of business. The entrepreneurship themed workshop, being the first, took place in June, with guest speakers, Joshua Maluleke and Sabelo Ngwane, informing the candidates about entrepreneurship and economic developments in the West Rand of Gauteng. Joshua Maleke, the author of Entrepreneurship 101, expressed a vital notion, stating, “Businesses don’t solely exist to make profit, as entrepreneurs, you need to be innovative to be successful.”

The 35 candidates who’ve been placed in this Construction Input Incubation Programme, have been greatly impacted thus far, and are looking forward to the next phase – technical training. Two of the entrepreneurs who have been selected for this programme, Kabelo and Brenda, have had a few sentiments to share.

Brenda Mbizana, a 36-year-old entrepreneur, looks forward to learning about manufacturing rainwater products from this programme. Situated in Finsbury, Randfontein, her company, Bonkakonke Enterprise, focuses on plumbing, painting, plastering and foundation. Bonkakonke Enterprise was founded after Brenda obtained her plumbing certificate after years of working as a plumbing assistant, when she wanted to become a black independent woman passionate about the construction industry. Brenda is driven by her belief that what men can do successfully in construction, she can also achieve as a woman. When she heard about the programme and how they would be learning about manufacturing construction products she thought this is her one in a life time opportunity to bring about change in her business as she would be able to focus on delivering services and manufacturing her products. Brenda is certain that her business will grow from this programme, especially after learning about manufacturing rainwater products, cement and paint as these are the main focus of her business.

Kabelo Kholungoane is a 28-year-old entrepreneur from Wedela, Carletonville, who’s founded the company KV Kholungoane Manufacturing and Projects Pty Ltd which focuses on Manufacturing bricks and pavers. Kabelo was inspired to start his own business by his interest in architecture and civil construction and he aims to build a company that is sustainable to produce and deliver high quality products. The entrepreneur is very passionate about manufacturing and dreams of being an industrialist. He is passionate about architectural, general build and civil construction mostly from the manufacturing phase up to the implementation phase. Kabelo applied for this programme with the aim to get assistance to set up his business in the right direction, get well trained and infused with all the most important and up-to-date entrepreneurship tactics.

The following phase will involve experiential learning for manufacturing where entrepreneurs will be trained to make specific construction material products with state of the art equipment. The streams included are carpentry products; paint products; cement products; ceramic products; and rainwater products. The vision is that this incubator will serve as a one-stop resource centre for the entrepreneurs. The centre provides business support services throughout the entire project cycle, from planning to execution.

Due to the envisaged high impact results of this programme and the emerging businesses, there is the unique advantage of collaborating with each business to explore further potential and opportunities as a programme partner. As a potential partner of the programme, corporate organisations can gain substantial benefits from their association with this programme and contribute to the drive for inclusive economic growth in the country.

If your business is interested in joining this ground-breaking programme that will bring about enterprise and economic developments to our communities, send us an email to zandile@nunnovaton.com and we’ll get back to you.

Nunnovation Africa Foundation is a registered and reputable Non-Profit Company that operates across the African continent to capacitate disadvantaged communities with access to innovative technology and resources that would lead to socio-economic transformation within their communities.