Business BEE empowered me, says successful mining contractor boss Nomvuyo Ketiso
CITY-PRESS.NEWS24 / 17 FEBRUARY 2019 - 01.45 / SUE GRANT-MARSHALL
Nomvuyo Ketiso, the sole director of mining contractor and service company Dyrex, says SA’s introduction of BEE helped her get ahead, writes Sue Grant-Marshall.
Nomvuyo Ketiso manages a team of 100 mostly male employees who clean coal mines, move cables, help to install new machinery and maintain a network of roads – underground and above it.
These are just a few of her company’s functions.
GO-GETTER Nomvuyo Ketiso, the head of Dyrex. Picture: Leon Sadiki
She was a 22-year-old unskilled labourer when she began operating a conveyer belt underground for Matla Coal Mine in Mpumalanga, which, she says, she loved doing.
But, after three years of – as she puts it – “eating coal dust and having my lungs filled with it”, she decided she needed to invest in herself and learn about managing her own business.
“So I resigned in 2007, started my own business and later on began to do catering for Absa in Nelspruit.”
The love of mining, however, resulted in her accepting an invitation in 2013 from the founder of Dyrex to become its BEE partner and help to grow it.
“It was a huge opportunity for which I will always be grateful because it indeed empowered me,” says Ketiso.
At the time she became a business partner at Dyrex, it was contracted to Anglo American and, with confidence gained from working with the giant mining company, “we landed an even bigger contract with Exxaro Resources at Matla Coal”.
Head of mining company, Dyrex Nomvuyo Ketiso. Picture: Leon Sadiki
Ketiso was only 33 when she became the sole director of Dyrex, a challenge for someone without any formal qualifications or training in business.
“Assuming that level of responsibility was a bit overwhelming at first, but I had a really excellent support system. Furthermore, Exxaro really lives up to its reputation as a business with values, which made it easier,” says Ketiso.
Dyrex cleans three different areas in the Matla Coal Mine and, among other functions, it operates the conveyer belt that takes coal to Eskom.
Ketiso no longer works underground, but when the opportunity arises to go down, she jumps at it, putting on her overalls and boots with joy.
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