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picking up. We applied for a tender, and have never looked back since,” she says. T he business of fers a full spectrum of civil maintenance services to residential and commercial proper ties, including building, painting, plumbing, carpentry and tiling. Nqaba says that Ikefree Projects currently employs 29 skilled and driven young people to help the company grow, and to allow them to improve their craft. “A lot of young people from our community who are willing to do this kind of work do not have the necessary tertiary education but because they have the skills, we take them on. Right now, we have added four other young people to join us for a three-month basis, and even though it is just a short period, I think they will leave this place more skilled than before,” she said. Together, Nqaba and Mokoena are working to make the business an important part of the ecosystem in Musina as they have also recently started a food delivery service in partnership with Nando’s. “We recently signed a contract with Nando’s to deliver orders to their customers and are in the process of approaching other fast food franchises in and around Musina. This has been one of our greatest achievements as we continue to receive positive feedback from them,” she said. In addition to this, Ikefree Projects signed a contract with Top 40 JSE company, Tiger Brands, to provide maintenance services to their property. “It was purely by chance that we landed the contract. We conducted some research and realised they had no maintenance company. Thereafter, we pitched and presented our proposal, and they were highly impressed with our profile as we had listed Venetia Mine as one

of our clients. They then gave us a contract to renovate an office. As the saying goes, the rest is history,” says Nqaba. With the help of the De Beers Zimele programme, the owners of Ikefree Projects are now equipped to run the business more efficiently than before. “We are continuously trained in interpreting financial statements and budgeting, and we are shown how to create provision for unexpected expenses. We are also guided on how to apply for tenders and how to market the business better while complying with the mandatory regulations,” she says. Like any business, Ikefree Projects has the broad goal to be a trusted and sustainable company in Musina. The business owners are actively laying a solid foundation that will enable it to do just that. “The goal is to continue doing what we are doing but at an even larger scale. Yes, there will be challenges and equally, there will be opportunities. And thanks to the exposure Venetia Mine has given us, we – the small business that secured a contract with Tiger Brands – shall continue to move steadily forward,” she laughs.

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Limpopo Business 2019/20 edition  

The 2019/20 edition of Limpopo Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2007, has establis...

Limpopo Business 2019/20 edition  

The 2019/20 edition of Limpopo Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2007, has establis...