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TSHEDZA CONCRETE ART

 

BUILDING HIS EMPIRE ONE BRICK AT A TIME

 

Rudzani Maphala, an engineer from Madibani Village, Limpopo, started Tshedza Concrete Art in 2008. The business manufactures concrete products like paving bricks, interlocking bricks, stocks bricks and quantum bricks. One of the challenges the business faced was a lack of funds to acquire new equipment to boost production. In addition their products were not certified for quality and access to markets was a challenge. Through Seda's intervention the business employed three more people; its turnover increased from R108 000 to around R158 000 a month. Seda further assisted with product testing and certification through the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). The business subsequently was able to secure retail space and accessed formal markets at Africa Hardware and AA Hardware. Three new jobs were created.

 

Seda's Technology Transfer Fund further awarded Tshedza Concrete Art with a R572 000 grant for new equipment.