Lim­popo con­struc­tion com­pany scoops top award

African Times - - News - BUKUTA NKUNA

ALEADING black owned con­struc­tion com­pany which also does busi­ness projects in Lim­popo has been hon­oured with glit­ter­ing awards run by the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Board [CIBD].

Vha­ranani Prop­er­ties owned by prop­erty mogul David Ma­bilu was awarded in the gen­eral build­ing and in the civils en­gi­neer­ing cat­e­gories of the pres­ti­gious Lim­popo Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Ex­cel­lence Awards.

The com­pany which has built many roads, govern­ment in­fra­struc­ture and hu­man set­tle­ments was awarded for be­ing Best Per­form­ing Black Owned and Man­aged Con­struc­tion Com­pany.

“Th­ese awards mean a lot to us, given the jour­ney trav­elled by Vha­ranani Prop­er­ties since 2001 to date. We are proud to have been hon­ored with two awards,” said Ma­bilu.

“In our quest to re­store our peo­ple’s dig­nity through pro­vi­sion of di­verse pro­fes­sional and qual­ity ser­vices, this jour­ney has not been a smooth one. It is for this rea­son that I ded­i­cate the awards to all the Black con­trac­tors orig­i­nat­ing from Lim­popo prov­ince, all those men and women who have never had the priv­i­lege of re­ceiv­ing bridg­ing fi­nance from any fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion but who have time af­ter time de­liv­ered qual­ity work to our peo­ple,” he said.

Ma­bilu said he chal­lenged and en­cour­aged black con­trac­tors in the prov­ince to work to­gether to­wards chang­ing the stereo­types that black con­struc­tion com­pa­nies can­not dom­i­nate the con­struc­tion space.

He said cur­rently Lim­popo is ear­marked as one of the prov­inces that must ben­e­fit sig­nif­i­cantly from govern­ment’s in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment. Good news for the con­struc­tion sec­tor in the prov­ince is that in his state of the prov­ince ad­dress in Polok­wane last month Premier Chupu Matha­batha com­mit­ted a huge chunk of the bud­get to­wards in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment in var­i­ous sec­tors.

Ma­bilu said in or­der to achieve the very best, black owned com­pa­nies must come to­gether in sup­port of struc­tures such as the Black Busi­ness Coun­cil in Built En­vi­ron­ment [BBCBE] and bring pos­i­tive change to the peo­ple of Lim­popo.

Ma­bilu thanked the Lim­popo govern­ment for af­ford­ing the com­pany the op­por­tu­nity to show­case its skills and ex­per­tise.

“For this recog­ni­tion and for all the con­tri­bu­tions, we are hum­bled. We pledge our con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to this prov­ince, to its growth and its de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

He said the awards “makes us the big­gest com­pany which is black owned in Lim­popo.

“It means there is no other con­struc­tion com­pany in Lim­popo which is big­ger than us, be­cause grade 9 is the last num­ber,” said an elated Ma­bilu.

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