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    NHBRC Women Empowerment Programme

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    NHBRC Women Empowerment Programme

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    NHBRC Women Empowerment Programme

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The construction industry tends to be a consistent provider of jobs in many countries, South Africa is no different. Our construction industry boosts job creation, and also encourages entrepreneurship. However, participation by women in the construction industry remains low. Support for women-owned construction businesses is now a matter of urgency.

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is investing in emerging female entrepreneurs in the construction industry by enabling them to attend a business development programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs).

What the ‘Women in Construction’ Programme entails

This is a four-month academic programme with networking and mentorship support. On completion of the course, businesses will have exposure to business leads.

The structured part of the programme covers a range of topics:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Business Models and Strategy Development
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • Negotiations skills
  • Operations Management
  • Taxation, Legal and Compliance
  • Networking, Communications and Presentation skills
  • Leadership, Personal Mastery

Programme Highlights
  • Training by leading academics and key influencers in the housing/ finance industry
  • Development of comprehensive business plans
  • Interactive engagement with sector experts
  • Networking events with business people, government, finance providers and other relevant stakeholder


The delegates were selected from all over the country after having met the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum shareholding of 50% in proposed business
  • The business must be commercially viable and in existence for a minimum of 3 years
  • The business must employ 2 or more people
  • Must be willing to commit to strict attendance and measurement requirements
  • Must have minimum turnover of R300 000 and a maximum of R15 million

The delegates have highlighted many goals that they want to achieve in their businesses. The goals mentioned included:

  • Increasing revenue
  • Being more financially stable
  • Having more long term contracts
  • Having a stable cash flow
  • Establish offices nationally
  • Doing business outside of the country

Ruth Khoza is the owner of Arise General Construction and has 14 people under her employ, based in Nelspruit, Arise General Construction provides solutions to the housing and civil projects, beneficiaries and title deeds. Her biggest contract to date is the installation of water tanks worth R24 million. Gugu Matsotso, owner of Masobode Projects based in Rustenburg is a participant in the programme. Encouraged by government’s drive towards infrastructure development, she started her fledging business in 2009 and has never looked back. She has over 50 employees reporting to her. Her company does in plant maintenance in mines, water and sanitation plants maintenance, building of houses and remedial work on structural defects on houses.
Ntombifuthi Cibane started Nongafa Trading Enterprise in 2008, she has 14 people under her. Her big break came in 2012, she is currently working on a R 1.2 million Windsor Recreation Centre project. Ntombifuthi serves as a Secretary General, for Siakha Federation. Lerato Seepe started her working life as a teacher in Mafikeng. She used her skill to train construction workers and today is the owner of Phehla Umsebenzi Trading 133.
Dephney Maqhubela was an SABC newsreader and then an IT specialist for the Scorpions before deciding to open her own company. Thuli Malakoana wanted to be a social worker, but 25 years ago in rural Natal she had to opt for teaching. It wasn’t her passion, building was her passion. In 2005 she registered Koanas Project Management. She hasn’t looked back since.
Thozie Tongo set out to learn entrepreneurial skills and began working on construction projects in the Western Cape. She hasn’t looked back since. Pretty Buthelezi sold shoes on the streets of Durban before moving into construction. Now, having notched up nine years of experience, she recently completed a R17 million project.
Zandile Nkabinde used to inspect buildings until she was bitten by the construction bug. Flavia Kutlwelo Tau’s love for contruction was kindled when her husband suggested they build their own home. She managed the process, and now she’s working on a 3.4 million rand project with the rural development department.
Disele Sophia May refused to let a traumatic and difficult life dissuade her from pursuing her goal to run her own firm, which she registered in 2012. Rosbella Sibongile Sithole began her working life as a secretary. Today, her Ngwekazi Business Enterprise is involved in construction projects worth hundreds of thousands in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal.
Malani Padayachee-Saman has overcome the odds, not only in becoming a civil engineer, but in establishing her own consulting firm. Khasiane Mohale’s interest in matters medical has taken her from conventional jobs to being the safety, health and environmental offer for Tswelokgotso Trading Enterprise, which she and her husband registered in 2008.
Vuvu Bokwe began her career in IT and moved into enterprise architecture before registering her construction company five years ago. Moipone Masalesa has come a long way. She has been a teacher, owned a hair salon and has run her successful Leswikaswika Civil Projects company since 2005.
Sethu Pilane heads a multimillion-rand organization, Vuka Business Consultant, which provides services ranging from construction and business training to development. Romalda Zulu used a stokvel she had joined to propel herself into the world of construction, forming her own company in 1999.
Jennifer Shirindza started her Shirindza Trading and Projects construction company in 2007, and has worked on various projects from the Walter Sisulu Square to posh golfing estates. Phindile Manyoni’s life has taken her from real childhood poverty, to studying beauty therapy, and then marketing products, before moving into construction with her Mzilikazi Site Solutions.

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