MA CONSULTING ENGINEERS GETS ISO CERTIFICATION
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.
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.