Victor Mazibuko: Brickforce

Victor Mazibuko’s first foray into small business was a landscaping business which he established in 1999. Ten years later, his focus turned to the building and construction sector where he saw a gap in the market for Brickforce. Victor jumped at the opportunity and MCC Vic Trading then became a manufacturer and supplier of reinforcing materials.

MCC-Vic “We specialise in welded wire mesh panels, stainless steel mesh, hexagonal wire mesh and wire mesh fencing,” Victor explains. “We may be small, but we do things right. All our products have passed the SANS 1024:2006, SABS and various other standards measures, of which we are very proud.”

The company also complies with regulatory labour, health and safety standards, having developed a Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Management System manual that complies with the ISO 90001, 14001 & OHSAS 1800. It is registered with the South African Wire Association (SAWA), Sedibeng Steel Forum, Lead2Business – who are affiliates to CESA – and is a member of NAFCOC Construction.

With four permanent staff and premises in the Vaal, Victor is able to produce 1000 roles of wire mesh per shift and supplies to large construction groups such as Group 5 and Murray & Roberts all the way down to small hardware stores. While he manages to retain his current clients with his quality of service, competitive pricing and a high functioning team, Victor still feels his greatest challenge is to penetrate yet untapped markets and grow his business to where he is able to employ more staff and use his machinery to their full capacity.

“Although it is small, my team is highly skilled, self-motivated and each person takes pride in their work,” says Victor. “My dream is to expand my business and employ more people in my immediate community.”

Victor took part in the MEDO Foundation Business Skills course earlier this year and made significant improvements to the way he was running his business. “I put systems in place that I did not have before.” He was later accepted into the Supplier Development Programme, which aims to connect big business with smaller players they can procure from. The week-long training bootcamp culminates in a “Big Pitch” to supply chain professionals from a broad range of companies.

“I was able to brush up on my presentation skills and professionalism when presenting my business to potential clients,” he says. “I have been given access to opportunities I may not otherwise have known about.” With the growth path that Victor is on, his business is sure to flourish and measure up to the bigger industry players.

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