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The coun­try has to adopt in­ter­na­tional stan­dards which dic­tate that no com­pany be granted pub­lic sec­tor work with­out qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tem cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

This is ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port Lindiwe Dlamini, who said if the coun­try is to be­come as de­vel­oped as en­vis­aged, prac­tices from first world class coun­tries should be adopted and prac­tised for the bet­ter­ment of ser­vice de­liv­ery - es­pe­cially in the con­struc­tion sec­tor.

She was speak­ing through the min­istry’s Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, Makhosini Mn­dawe, at the ISO 9001:2008 Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of MA Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers at Happy Val­ley Ho­tel on Fri­day night. The com­pany, which was founded and is di­rected by Muzi Dlamini, was of­fi­cially handed the cer­tifi­cate by TUV Rhein­land Group, which was rep­re­sented by Nomsa Dlamini.

The min­is­ter said in most de­vel­oped coun­tries, in­clud­ing South Africa, a com­pany in the con­sult­ing en­gi­neer­ing field could not be al­lowed to carry out pub­lic sec­tor work with­out a qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tem cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in place.

“I am cer­tain that as the reg­u­lat­ing body, CIC evolves and as the coun­try pur­sues the vi­sion of greater de­vel­op­ment by 2022, we will fol­low suit,” she said.

She con­grat­u­lated the com­pany for ob­tain­ing the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion which she said was the re­sult of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion. She said this was also a sign that the com­pany wanted to de­liver top class ser­vice to its cus­tomers.

“We recog­nise the ef­fort that an or­gan­i­sa­tion goes through in or­der to ob­tain in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for qual­ity. We thus con­grat­u­late MA Con­sult­ing en­gi­neers’ team for this achieve­ment,” she said, adding that the com­pany in­vested a lot in re­align­ing its op­er­a­tions to in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cepted qual­ity stan­dards.

She com­mended this ini­tia­tive by MA and hoped that the re­turns of such an in­vest­ment will be re­alised.

She told the com­pany man­age­ment that ob­tain­ing the cer­tifi­cate did not mean they should re­lax but that they had to work harder to main­tain the stan­dard so that they get re­newal when time for au­dits comes.

“To ob­tain ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­tion should spur you to greater heights in pur­suit of en­gi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence. I’m aware that to re­tain ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­tion there are an­nual au­dits to en­sure you still com­ply,” she added.

MA Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers Di­rec­tor Muzi Dlamini, in his re­marks, told the gath­er­ing that it was not easy when he started the busi­ness but hard work and re­silience made him to work even harder and build con­fi­dence with clients un­til the busi­ness was recog­nised.

He thanked his staff whom he said were the pil­lars of the busi­ness, stat­ing that his ap­proach to staff re­ten­tion was to re­ward them when they have done well.

“I be­lieve that when the com­pany makes good prof­its, all the staff who have con­trib­uted should ben­e­fit from these. That is what keep my staff mo­ti­vated and even work­ing hard to de­liver and meet tar­gets,” he said.

He added that they prided them­selves in groom­ing and de­vel­op­ing their staff to be­come the best in the in­dus­try. He said most of his team came to the com­pany with no ex­pe­ri­ence but he groomed them and were rated among the best in the in­dus­try; some­thing which he said had build con­fi­dence among their cus­tomers. He thanked gov­ern­ment and their clients for sup­port­ing them, stat­ing that they were now rated among the best and al­ways con­sid­ered when big projects were be­ing un­der­taken.

He said ob­tain­ing the cer­tifi­cate was no easy task as it took a lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion from his team.

He thanked SHERQ Pro­fes­sional So­lu­tions Lead Con­sul­tant, Wandile Hlatshwayo, for tak­ing them through the tech­ni­cal pro­cesses and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the many changes they had to go through in or­der to meet the stan­dards.

“I was not an easy jour­ney but I can say it was worth it be­cause to­day we are gath­ered here and launch­ing this mile­stone,” he said.

Also present were stake­hold­ers and client rep­re­sen­ta­tives who all con­grat­u­lated the com­pany for the achieve­ment and en­cour­aged them to work even harder and prove that lo­cals have reached the stage where they can start such suc­cess­ful busi­nesses in this tech­ni­cal field.

Also present was the spir­i­tual fa­ther of the Di­rec­tor, who is a staunch mem­ber of t he Zakhele Fr e e Evan­gel­i­cal As­sem­blies, Rev­erend Shody Msibi who com­mended the com­pany and also prayed for their suc­cesses in the years to come. No­table fig­ures among the guests were en­gi­neers from dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment as well as stake­hold­ers f rom t he l i kes of Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Coun­cil, which was rep­re­sented by the CEO Nh­lanhla Dlamini, Swazi­land As­soci a t i on of I ndi g e nous Con­struc­tion Con­sul­tants (SAICC) rep­re­sented by Amos Ng­wenya and a r ep­re­sen­ta­tive of t he cl i ents Lan­galakhe Dlamini from SNPF. African Al­liance Part­ner S’thofeni Ginindza, SIDC CEO Phi­wayinkhosi Ginindza and se­nior Man­ager Man­zol­wan­dle Dlamini were among the guests present on the night.

(Pics: Si­mon Sha­bangu)

Di­rec­tor of MA Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers Muzi Dlamini ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing at the launch and pre­sen­ta­tion of the ISO 9001: 2008 Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at Happy Val­ley Ho­tel on Fri­day night. RIGHT - Pub­lic Works and Trans­port PS Makhosini Mn­dawe de­liv­er­ing the min­is­ter's speech.

Bonginkhosi Dludlu in­tro­duc­ing the MA Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers staff to the gath­er­ing.

TUV Rhei­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive Nomsa Dlamini pre­sent­ing cer­tifi­cate to MA Con­sult­ing Di­rec­tor Muzi Dlamini. the

Man­zol­wan­dle Dlamini from SIDC looks on as S’thofeni Ginindza and Rashid Mo­hammed con­verse.

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