Busi­ness­man Marais to over­see up­grade of premises

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n a clas­sic case of sym­bio­sis, for­mer Ne­mato Change a Life (NCAL) mem­ber Daiman Marais has now been ap­pointed as the builder on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s new build­ing project.

Marais joined NCAL’s Row­ing Club in 2008 and was helped with his school work, specif­i­cally maths, in the NCAL after-school pro­gramme. Hav­ing ma­tric­u­lated, he was helped to ap­ply to the Raiz­corp or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Raiz­corp, the brain­child of South African Alon Raiz, was es­tab­lished in 2000 to serve

Iand de­velop en­trepreneurs and has evolved into dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions that ser­vice the spe­cific needs of en­trepreneurs along with those who sup­port them in var­i­ous fields of busi­ness.

“For ev­ery 40 ap­pli­cants, only one is se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gramme,” said Marais, who spent from Au­gust 2017 to Jan­uary 2018 work­ing hard as well as show­ing great po­ten­tial, and was cho­sen as the one suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant from his group.

“The pro­gramme helped me to start my own busi­ness, XPO Projects (Pty) lim­ited, and as­sists in not only find­ing jobs but also on the fi­nan­cial and mar­ket­ing side with its busi­ness en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme,” said Marais.

Although an­other builder was orig­i­nally ap­pointed to the NCAL build­ing project, main spon­sor the Mike Thom­son Change a Life Trust, had lim­ited its fund­ing for the project and had told the builder that costs had es­ca­lated be­yond what they had bud­geted and no more money was avail­able. As a re­sult, the builder ab­sconded and did not re­turn.

This sit­u­a­tion could have led to an in­com­plete and un­us­able build­ing had it not been for the in­ter­ven­tion of the Ne­mato Foun­da­tion, a char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion that orig­i­nated in The Nether­lands (Sticht­ing Ne­mato) and has been very ac­tive in town­ship projects on the Kowie for some years.

“The Ne­mato Foun­da­tion has agreed to pay for the project to be com­pleted,” ex­plained NCAL founder Jan Blom. “We are very proud that one of the kids we helped is now back and help­ing us to com­plete our build­ing project.”

In the mean­time, Raiz­corp has set XPO Projects the task of two de­vel­op­ments – a house in Uiten­hage and a two-storey sand­bag house in Bathurst.

“It is a lit­tle dif­fi­cult for me and the com­pany at this time as we haven’t any trans­port and ur­gently re­quire a bakkie,” said Marais.

He fur­ther asked that if any­one had a work­ing bakkie they would like to do­nate to his com­pany he would be very grate­ful. Marais can be con­tacted on 073-968-1638.

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