EC a growth engine for construction
02 December 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202021447
THE Eastern Cape remains an attractive and keenly contested market for construction activity. Not only is it a coastal province with several ports, and tourism hub, but it also boasts considerable automotive, citrus and pharmaceutical industries.
This is according to Dumisani Madi, chairperson at GVK-Siya Zama who says that these are all positive signifiers of potential growth that the company is eager to be a part of it.
“We have a rich and diverse heritage of large-scale construction work in the Eastern Cape. Over the last 60 years, some of the notable new build and restoration projects that the company has completed include numerous schools, medical facilities, as well as upgrades to the famous Drostdy Hotel in Graaff Reinet, Tramways Building, the Opera House and Walmer Park Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth. We intend to build upon this legacy and, as such, are upscaling our business operations in the region,” Madi said.
“Whilst GVK-Siya Zama has done a great variety of work in the province, there are still areas that remain unexplored. We believe that there are significant opportunities in this region, and we’ve made a firm decision to spread our reach to ensure that we are well-positioned to render a professional service across the Eastern Cape.”
Madi said that to support the company’s expansion in the region, it would move into new regional offices in Port Elizabeth in February 2021.
He said the company, “aims to re-build the brand in the region, instil its values in the young and energetic team and drive skills transfer to budding construction professionals in its employ.
“Our growth plans for the region have furthermore been given a boost with the appointment of Hannes Geyser as regional Managing Director a year ago, and more recently, the addition of experienced construction industry veterans Sue Currie as Business Development Executive and Peet Meyer as Contracts Director.
Currie, an Eastern Cape native and Nelson Mandela University alumnus, said she aims to expand the footprint of GVK-Siya Zama in the Eastern Cape and to ensure that the company is recognised as one of the top construction companies operating in the province.
“Central to this is the need to seek out future work opportunities, and show potential clients the professional, innovative, and mutually beneficial working relationship and partnerships that the company brings to the deal table. Over and above this, we intend to focus on the development and maintenance of business relationships with the relevant players in the construction industry in the region,” Currie said.
She and Meyer join the team at a crucial time as the company already has various projects in the ground and in the pipeline, such as the Royal Buffalo Medical Centre in East London, Forest Hill Military Base Hospital in Port Elizabeth and the Mondelez Warehouse in the Coega IDZ as well as the newly awarded Corkwood Shopping Centre in Uitenhage.
“It is going to be an exciting challenge to continue the growth of the company in this region and to ensure that GVK-Siya Zama maintains a sustainable pipeline of work,” said Currie.