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Owing to its ability to adhere to State-owned power utility Eskom’s stringent electrification infrastructure requirements, electrical solutions and engineering provider Gridbow has expanded its services into other African countries.
“Contrary to popular belief, Eskom has very stringent rules with regard to engineering and quality in electrification and distribution that include the submission of correct documentation, complying with legislation about upholding environmental standards and maintaining heritage sites. “We have been able to produce projects that meet requirements without fail,” says Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services COO Farai Chabata.
Leboneng Mathebula is a 100% black female founder of electrical engineering company
The field of engineering is still fairly male-dominated but many women have seemingly fought to get their voices heard.
Leboneng Mathebula is one of the women who have joined the electrical engineering path. She is the founder of Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services.
Mathebula says she constantly has to prove herself to her client that she is the right person to do the job. “It does not matter how many projects you successfully do, you always have to prove yourself.”
“It’s very difficult to run any type business; it’s even harder when you are a female and harder when you are young,” says Mathebula.
A sisterly duel for top honours is in the offing in the fifth South African Premier Business Awards. Three of the country’s young entrepreneurs will battle it out for the top prize in the Young Entrepreneur Award during the awards ceremony that will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and proudly South African at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. The theme of the awards is Rewarding Business Excellence.
The spotlight will shine on the all-female trio of finalists, Ncebakazi Mhlaba (28) from the Eastern Cape, Leboneng Mathebula (28) from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal’s Phumzile Manana (26).
Mhlaba, who established a construction company Sikuphiwe Trading in 2013, says for her to be chosen as one of the country’s top three young entrepreneurs in a national competition is a great source of encouragement.
“The national exposure that we are already receiving as a result of this nomination will boost our company profile significantly. The nomination confirms that the future is bright and I should continue growing from strength to strength despite the challenges that I have to contend with as a woman trying to make her mark in the male-dominated and highly competitive environment. I hope it will also open doors for more opportunities for our company so that we can grow and contribute in creating jobs for other young people,” says Mhlaba who is based in Port Elizabeth.
Mathebula’s Johannesburg-based company Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services, which she established in 2009, specialises in electrical infrastructure projects.
Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu handed over a truck to Gridbow Engineers as part of the Gazelles programme on the 11th July 2017.
Gridbow Engineers was funded to the tune of R800 000 and the amount was used to purchase a truck. Gridbow Engineers is a 100% black-owned entity which specializes in Electrical and Civil Engineering. It operates mostly in the Electrical Infrastructure Sector,
The National Gazelles is an integrated business growth acceleration programme focusing on small and medium enterprises with an annual turnover of between R1 million and R30 million. High-growth small and medium enterprises selected for this prestigious national business acceleration programme will benefit from access to funding, equipment grants, specialist mentorship and business networking.