Businessman Marais to oversee upgrade of premises
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.