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Nelson Mandela Bay SMME wins a Coega tender - published 18 Aug 2017

Media Statement Immediate Release

STANDING TALL: Luvuyo Popo of Masiphumelele Trading has won a tender to construct the Ring Road for the BAIC Manufacturing Plant in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ.  


Nelson Mandela Bay SMME wins a Coega tender

worth R27 million

Creating much needed jobs with over fifty people benefiting through employment  

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has awarded work worth over R27 million to a Nelson Mandela Bay Small Micro Medium Enterprise (SMME) – Masiphumelele Trading, for the construction of storm water, earthworks and the ring road up to the border of the BAIC SA plant in Zone 1 of the Coega SEZ. This project is managed by the CDC in preparation for the BAIC SA start of construction.


The awarded tender, brings the total number of SMME’s who have benefitted from the BAIC Manufacturing Plant investment since it was first announced in August 2016 to twelve (12), with the total value of work awarded by the CDC to over R44.1 million as part of the CDC’s Phase 1 of the project (Site Preparation).

Managing Director of Masiphumelele Trading, Luvuyo Popo, highlighted that, “little over fifty (50) jobs will be created from the Ring Road Project. Mainly construction related work in preparation for the site.”

Mr Popo further highlights that, “the project contract has opened multiple opportunities for my business. I’ve since improved my CIDB grading and provided much needed relief to over fifty families as a result of the employment opportunities emanating from the project.”

In giving advice to fellow SMME’s, Mr Popo emphasises that, “patience is key, do not rush anything as there are no shortcuts in life. Re-invest whatever profit margins you receive back into your company. Lastly, be present on site, demonstrate an equitable level of patience and professionalism in your craft and be involved.” 

Phase 2 of the project, mainly the construction of the actual plant BAIC SA project, is managed directly by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and BAIC SA. 

From the CDC’s perspective, “what is crystal clear with this project (Phase 1: Site Preparation) is that creating opportunities for SMME’s is at the centre in the awarding of work where CDC has absolute control and influence,” says Unathi Maholwana, CDC SMME Manager.

“The company started off as a Grade 3 CE in the CDC SMME Programme, to date it has been awarded 3 packages through our database and the company has now upgraded from a CIDB Grade 3CE to a 6CE in a space of two years because of the SMME Programme,” adds Ms Maholwana.

Ms Maholwana highlights that, “the objective of the CDC SMME Programme is to grow the SMME’s through the CIDB Grading System in order for them to access opportunities in the open market and grow beyond their Grade level; and with Masiphumelele Trading the CDC is delighted in achieving its objectives, and wish to encourage more local business to participate and benefit from the CDC SMME programme,” concludes Ms Maholwana.

EARLY BENEFICIARIES OF THE BAIC SA PROJECT: From left to right: Mbulelo Daba – Vukujonge Trading; Mzamo Matika –Amanzi Ethu; Zukiswa Links - Loppsy Trading; Mzingisi April – April and Sons Construction; Leonard Nyendwane – Tshitshiwe Trading and Earnest Sukula – Infra Force Africa.

Included in the twelve (12) SMMEs who have benefited from the BAIC SA investment in the Coega SEZ are the eleven (11) SMMEs announced towards the end of 2016 who cleared 54.62 hectares of land in Zone 1, built the BAIC SA Plant Platform and provided Plant Hire equipment. These SMMEs involved during Phase one (1) are 100% Black Owned, and 2 Women Owned Entities. The total value of the initial contract was R17.1million.


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