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4 October 2004
ONCRETE products manufacturer Concor Techcrete has launched its 2004 skills development programme with a workshop course in paving among a group of emergent men and women contractors in Limpopo Province.
The training project is being run as part of local business-backed black economic empowerment (BEE) programme to draw previously disadvantaged communities into the nation's mainstream economy.
The day-long workshop involved theoretical and practical training in paving-laying techniques and contracting for 10 SMMEs - three of them women - from the Sekhukhune area, most of whom have already done work for mining companies in the area.
Technicrete product manager Taco Voogt said the training initiative had been stimulated by the growth of new housing developments in the Burgersfort area. "Concor Technicrete was contacted by an industry leader in the region to see if we could provide skills training for a few local SMMEs as part of their own local Black business development programmes. We agreed this was a great idea."
Training, sand, paving blocks and the site were provided at one of Technicrete's Polokwane manufacturing plants. The workshop also included instruction in key aspects of construction contracting such as materials and equipment costing and estimating.
One of the SMMEs, 36-year-old Joyce Matjipa, runs a successful small construction business, Mamojoy Construction. She says her little company has already built 25 houses in the area, and is looking to build a great many more.
"When I am fully competent I will be able to add paving to my CV," she said, as she unloaded a wheel-barrow full of paving bricks onto the training site. "I will go away from here knowing something I didn't know before."
She, and others SMMEs in the group, are in line to have a share in the construction of more houses in the Burgersfort area during 2004.