KZN Sands Supports Women in Construction

Oct 25, 2021 - Insights

Four female-owned construction companies received contracts to build a total of more than 20 houses.

On September 2, our KZN Sands site hosted a meet and greet with four businesswomen who have been awarded contracts to build 23 houses in their respective communities. This type of community support is one of several projects that Tronox has committed to the South African government to complete.

Communities and Corporate Affairs Regional Manager Nozuko Basson thanked and congratulated the women and noted that Tronox values them as leaders in the construction industry.

“We are here to mentor and support them to succeed, not just locally, but across borders,” she said. “At Tronox, we are deliberate in our transformation strategy, and that translates to being visible and prioritizing black, female-owned businesses. We wish to see more young women empowered and being examples to others.”

Nomuntu Zuma of Nomuntu Construction from the Dube community was awarded a contract to build 10 more houses, following the 10 houses the company built in 2020, to a high standard of quality and workmanship.

Jabu Jiyane of World Focus received a contract to build three houses in the Umlalazi area. This construction was completed previously, and the company has since been awarded another contract to build three more houses in the same community.

Tronox has empowered Lungile Gatgate, owner of Getkate Projects, who recently started the construction of five houses in the Mkhwanazi community. Lungile successfully completed a computer laboratory at Mbuyiseni High School in 2020 and helped to complete another school in her community in 2019.

Nompumelelo Khumalo of Mccoormallo has been awarded a tender to construct five houses in the Somopho community. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having previously worked for a large construction company. She has gone into business and, with Tronox’s support, she will grow her empire.

“On behalf of us all, I would like to thank Tronox KZN Sands for the opportunities afforded to us and for their continuous support,” said Jabu. “When you afford a woman an opportunity, she will deliver quality on time.”

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Khethiwe Dlamini, Stakeholder Relations Practitioner, left; Jabu Jiyane, World Focus Director; Nompumelelo Khumalo, Director of Mccoormallo65Traiding; Nomuntu Zuma, Director of Nomuntu Construction and Projects; Lungile Gatgate, Director of Getkate Projects; and Nozuko Basson, Communities and Corporate Affairs Regional Director.

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