Black-owned company boosts socio-economic development.
SOUTH Zambezi Engineering Services, a Centurion-based civil and structural engineering consultant is systematically aiding the African continent to deliver basic infrastructure on time within budget to boost socio-economic development.
Commencing with less than 10 engineers, the wholly-black-owned company has grown to include 60 professional engineers and aims to become a leading force in the engineering design and project management industry in the continent.
Beside in South Africa, South Zambezi host offices in Malawi, Botswana, Ghana and Namibia. Its executive chairman Simbi Phiri pledged during the official opening of their multimillion rand headquarters in Samrand, here in South Africa, they will henceforth focus on setting up offices in other African countries.
In his speech during the glittering ceremony, Phiri said: “Our plan is to have 80% of our projects spread throughout the continent while 20% will be for the businesses we will be undertaking in South Africa. We have given ourselves a time frame of at least three or five years and we strongly believe that we can achieve that.”
Simbi said that in the implementation of the projects the company undertakes, they ensure that part of the work is done by credible sub-contractors.
“Here at South Zambezi, we don’t monopolise everything. We have taken a decision that we share the work we are doing with sub-contractors as part of our strategy to empower local players in any country,” he said.
Phiri highlighted that the growth of the company was not just quantitative but also qualitative, emphasising the calibre of staff South Zambezi hires.
“We have the best in the business. Here, we recruit professionals. We have also invested in training our staff. Our success is heralded by the personnel we have at our disposal,” he emphasised.
In celebration of their success, South Zambezi will launch their new offices in the Midway Industrial Park in Kosmosdal, Centurion, where its staff of professionals offer engineering consultancy in civil and contractual work, quantity surveying, architecture and town planning, geotechnical and environmental services, project and programme management as well as electrical and mechanical works.
Phiri attributes the accomplishment achieved by South Zambezi treating customers as “kings”, having sound leadership – highlighting the input of construction company’s Khatho Civils’ directors.
Simbi’s wife, Sikanyisiwe, who is the company’s corporate director, said South Zambezi foresaw growth in the market about half a decade ago and needed new offices to increase its capacity to cater for this growth.
Gauteng premier, David Makhura, who delivered the keynote address, said he has witnessed South Zambezi growing by leaps and bounds.
“I have seen these people building a proper business. What impresses me is that it is a black-owned business. I am impressed by the ground work this company is doing in our continent. The success of this country can be attributed by the man (Phiri) who feels duty-bound to improve the lives of his people and improve the economy of the country and beyond. What I can urge you is to refrain from associating with people who fail to finish their projects as this will dent your image, a reputation you have built over the years,” Makhura said.