A waste management company has won the Enterprise Development Corporation’s (TEDCOR) national Community Contractor Award. In addition to the award, Willie Moagi won R50 000 and access to business management skills.
The awards were launched three years ago as a celebration of the best of the community contractors. They provide a way to praise, reward and support the ongoing training of these contractors, as well as their businesses.
Two years ago, whilst on a visit to his hometown in the Mogale area, Moagi spotted a TEDCOR ad in the local newspaper. Deciding that a change was in order, he went for a successful interview and was appointed as a contractor.
Leaving the construction business behind, he set up his waste management company in November 2011.
Moagi says: “I started with nothing in my pocket.” He signed an agreement to rent the equipment he needed and he took out further loans to purchase diesel for the truck and buy uniforms for his employees.
Today, the young entrepreneur employs 10 people.
His company offers a waste removal service as well as street sweeping, the clearing of litter and the removal of builders’ rubble. They service around 7 200 households a week.