Masixole Zwedala, a qualified artisan, took a risk many dare not take and resigned from his job as a team leader at Mercedes-Benz South...

Masixole Zwedala, a qualified artisan, took a risk many dare not take and resigned from his job as a team leader at Mercedes-Benz South Africa to start Dausons Engineering.

Awakening the entrepreneurial potential in him, Masixole took a package and registered the company in September 2009.

In 2009 Masixole registered on Amatola Water’s supplier database as a service provider while doing jobs as small as R7,000 for the Department of Public Works.

Amatola Water helped Dausons with its BBBEE certification, SHE plan

“Amatola Water was willing to assist my company receive BBBEE certification and comply with its SHE plan in order to take advantage of work from the utility.

“Today my company is busy with its first big job – a R300 000 job to install safety railings at Amatola Water’s Butterworth Waste Water Treatment Works. We plan to finish this job before Christmas,” says Masixole.

Masixole, whose business is based in Summerpride in East London and employs four permanent staff, says the work he is doing with Amatola Water is providing him with an opportunity to prove his company’s competitiveness.

“This will also help Dausons to position itself as a credible service provider able to do big jobs in the future,” says Masixole.

Amatola Water enterprise development facilitator Vuyo Genu says the utility assists small businesses to become competitive through a variety of interventions. These include BBBEE compliance, tendering advice and occupational health workshops.

“Masixole’s story is testimony of the utility’s commitment to growing the entrepreneurial potential of the province. Amatola Water holds regular workshops for small businesses on its database as an advisory service,” explains Genu.

Genu says these services are only meant for previously disadvantaged businesses with a turnover of not more than R35 million. The businesses registered on the Amatola Water database have an average annual turnover of R100 000.

Some of the services offered to small businesses included early payment, business assessment, strategic consulting, management training, technical training and resources financing.

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