Published on January 19, 2017
Ndivhuwo Lefosa: All things are possible for those who believe
As Managing Director of Mavuko-Ndivho Trading, Ndivhuwo Lefosa’s vision for her business has always been to create an empowerment platform based on the principles of accountability and value-added entrepreneurial growth.
Based in Johannesburg and working across construction, renovations, fencing and gates for the past six years has seen Ndivhuwo grow the company’s staff complement from two to six people. “I am inspired by Dr Thandi Ndlovu, CEO of Motheo Construction Group,” she says. “My early challenges included male domination in the industry and therefore lack of faith by clients, making it difficult for a woman to get contracts.”
After investing enough money to register a business in 2008, Ndivhuwo also registered through CIPC and compliance institutions while initially working from home and became a service provider to both government and private institutions.
There have been great highlights, she says, citing on-time completion of projects, meeting client expectations, no issues with SARS and achieving CIDB 4. Shifting her focus from tendering to different dimensions of selling Mavuko-Ndivho Trading’s services, Ndivhuwo believes her legacy will be a “successful company with solid foundations and employment opportunities, delivery and skills transfer”.
With short-term goals that include running a profitable organisation, overcoming financial and capacity constraints, business growth and job creation, Ndivhuwo uses the lessons she's learned to stay on track:
"Personally I learned that each contractor has unique needs and levels of expeirence, and some require more support than others. I also know now that all things are possible for those who believe they are."
On hearing about Property Point's programmes from Atterbury, she applied to enhance Mavuko-Ndivho Trading's growth and development. "Property Point's sessions have put me in touch with other experts in my field and I'm learning how to manage changes in systems and processes required in terms of business development."
When asked if she would recommend Property Point's programme to others, Ndivhuwo replies: "Big YES! Entrepreneurs need to understand the fundamentals of running a company in order to grow it into a healthy operation and, in return, contribute positively to the economy of South Africa."