Entrepreneur story: Interested in road construction

By Drum Digital
21 September 2016

I’m a very energetic young man willing to venture into roadmaking, but I don’t have the skills needed, what do you advise?

Question:  I’m a very energetic young man willing to venture into roadmaking, but I don’t have the skills needed. What do you advise?

Joshua Maluleke answers

You ask a very broad and generic question. First and foremost, road construction is very big in Africa and in most cases, a contested terrain for the political bigwigs. It’s usually Government’s mandate to build roads for its citizenry, but in almost all cases Government outsources this responsibility. You must be qualified to build roads; this requires you to be highly trained in civil engineering.

You can ascertain the exact standards of your training with the Engineers Registration Board (www.erb. org.bw) in Botswana.

You will also need to comply with the safety measures required for your prospective employees, and you’ll have to be highly competent in project management.

The road construction business is very capital-intensive, so you’ll need to do careful financial planning that will help you secure dump trucks, pavers, rollers, motor vehicles, cranes, mechanised equipment and aerial lifts.

Lastly (and perhaps most importantly), you’ll have to study how other companies in road construction are doing before you even think of launching your business. Good luck!

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