Tshepiso Mametja of Maruleng is on a mission to build stronger and longer lasting infrastructure in Limpopo through her brick making business. She founded Amphiguard brickyard in 2010 manufacturing cement bricks and paving bricks. The business was performing below market demand and in 2011, she approached Seda for assistance with funding to grow her production capacity, and business training to enable efficient management of the company’s finances.
At the time of approaching Seda, the business only had one brick making machine producing 1000 bricks per day. She was not able to finance the business properly due to lack of funds. Financial management was not up to scratch and no monthly reports were produced.
The brickyard was also not properly branded or marketed, thus losing potential income. The quality of her products were also not tested by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).
Seda initiated an assessment which recommended that Tshepiso undergoes financial management training. The business further received signage and promotional material that will assist with attracting new customers. As part of new promotional activities, the company exhibited its products at a Lenyenye exhibition show in 2011.
Seda also assisted Amphiguard with getting its products tested and certified by the SABS. An application was made to Seda’s Technology Transfer Programme for equipment funding and this was approved with a loan of R407 000. The business acquired new equipment which has improved its reliability and increased its daily production capacity.
The company’s financial position has also improved with revenue in 2012 reaching R1, 2 million. This allowed the business to employ more workers.
“I would like to thank Seda for its services. Through advice and information I receive from them, my business has improved a lot. They (Seda) are really advancing small business development,” said Tshepiso.
For her hardwork, Tshepiso was named the Business Woman of the Year for 2012 at the Business Woman Association (BWA) awards.