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Emerging contractors graduate
​Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) area contractors
graduation ceremony.

About 24 emerging contractors from Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) area successfully graduated on 6 December at Coastlands Hotel after completing a three year construction programme. Six candidates also received special awards.

The Constructor Development Programme is a partnership between the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) Construction Incubator and the Municipality, to assist contractors with technical and business skills. This enables them to sustain the construction sector, create employment opportunities and contribute to the economy.

Economic Development and Planning Committee Whip Councillor Busi Ndlovu said: “We pride ourselves on the commitment and determination of the contractors and it is a huge milestone.” Councillor Ndlovu added that the programme has already supported about 269 emerging contractors, who have generated a turnover of R300 million and created 1033 permanent and 89 informal jobs respectively.

Beyond being equipped with relevant skills, it has helped them to grow their businesses, added Councillor Ndlovu. The programme has seen graduates improve in their grading performance and diversification which helped them penetrate into different sectors and come out as grades 4 and 5s enabling them to compete with big companies.

SEDA Construction Incubator Head of Contractor Development, Nonela Mxokozeli said: “SCI provides support to contractors and this is premised on our bigger objective that is the National Contractor Development Programme. Our partnership with the Municipality has yielded positive results in trying to revive the sector and meet our objectives.”

Nhlakanipho Ntshangase of Mgazie Tribe (Pty) Ltd, said: “This programme helped me understand how business works and enhanced my critical thinking. I would like to advise the youth that they should tackle every opportunity given to them because such opportunities groom individuals as businessmen and provides necessary exposure.”

Nokuthula Dladla of Mega Roads & Civils won the Best female contractor award. “This came as a surprise because this is a male dominant industry. I would like to thank the Municiplaity.” 

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