Build It - helps build a stronger community

2015-05-21 06:00
=Build It KwaNobuhle manager Michael Mubvanyika and the owner David Goldberg at the entrance to the new plumbing section. 

=Build It KwaNobuhle manager Michael Mubvanyika and the owner David Goldberg at the entrance to the new plumbing section. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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KwaNobuhle Build It was purchased by well-known businessman David Goldberg five-and-a-half years ago from an insolvent estate. Since then it has not only expanded its services year-on-year, but gained the loyalty of the community and doubled its size with the opening of a plumbing section.

“Build It KwaNobuhle opened the same day as Cash Build, which was a mere 100m across the street at the KwaNobuhle Mall. I thought to myself, ‘do you really want to do this?’” said David Goldberg, who had to work hard as the predecessor of the business had a lot of damage done to Build It’s client base with outstanding deliveries and outstanding money.

“Well, we successfully traded and grew year-on-year. I believe that the secret to our success is service delivery and our involvement in the community. That is why it was possible for us yesterday to have had the official opening of our extended plumbing section.”

Build It KwaNobuhle’s floor space has been doubled from 800m² to 1600m² in an effort to supply what their customers want.

“We found that trading in KwaNobuhle one must not be restrictive to what you have in stock. This is a growing market with customers loving new, modern and upmarket items.

“They really do. It has been a big lesson to me to be attentive to customers’ needs. In the beginning we stocked cheap items, but now as a result of customers’ demand, we are stocking the best of the best.”

Goldberg and Michael Mubvanyika, the manager of Build It KwaNobuhle, often visit sites, measuring work themselves and giving first hand advice to customers.

Staff members regularly attend courses and lecture other staff in merchandising in advertising, to get all on the extra edge of business skills.

“Build It is my passion. It offered me the opportunity to get involved and interact with the local community. This is where I want to be.

“One of my proudest moments was when a customer told me, ‘I am really impressed. You’ve grown and you made it better for us to shop here in KwaNobuhle’.”

Community involvement

Some of the things that Build It is involved with in the community include various projects from the local authority.

These include a project where the local authority requested Build It KwaNobuhle to assist a Magogo who lived in terrible conditions.

“Her house has burnt down and she took care of six grandchildren. We immediately got involved together with our suppliers and re-did the roof, walls, windows, electrics, plumbing and with the help of the local authority re-built her house. This was one of the brilliant projects we were involved in.”

Build It U/13 soccer league

Build It KwaNobuhle is very much involved with U/13 soccer and what is unique to all other Build It branches, is that they have started their own league.

Former Bafana Bafana player Pollen “Trompie” Ntlatyana was a guest at a Build It soccer tournament and told Goldberg that “one-day tournaments need to be stopped as they have no long-term influence on the development of the sport.”

He requested to keep the kids involved in the sport from January up to September when the tournament is being held.

Build It KwaNobuhle then started with its own unique Build It U/13 soccer league which now has about 26 teams competing every weekend in the KwaNobuhle, Rosedale and Uitenhage areas.

The league culminates in a huge carnival during September when the top six teams come together and do a play-off at Jabavu Stadium.

During 2013 Build It KwaNobuhle held a senior soccer tournament with the top four teams playing against one other and offered customers a lucky draw with the prizes being a cow and a sheep.

That day about 20 000 people attended the tournament at the Jabavu Stadium.

Social investments

Build It KwaNobuhle also sponsors and is involved in karate, cricket and boxing tournaments and is very much involved with the HIV/Aids haven at the Share Complex in KwaNobuhle as well as assisting orphanages.

New plumbing andamp; openings section

Since Cash Build closed in September 2014, Build It KwaNobuhle has stepped up and filled the gap. They purchased the adjacent old post office and did major building alterations in joining the two properties together.

A huge re-launch and opening of the new extended Build It KwaNobuhle was held yesterday.

The re-launch will run for a full month and incorporates a competition where customers will enjoy the benefit of reduced prices on certain items for the duration of the month.

“We believe that we are leaders in opening markets, namely glass and aluminium doors and windows. Ready-made kitchen units are available that can be customized and fitted to residential properties. Build It has its own cabinet maker who will see that the kitchen unit will be fitted perfectly.”

A new venture is that Build It has now started supplying electronic equipment like television sets, microwaves, ovens and stoves and fridges. Build It operates with a state-of-the-art computer system to source new material and whatever the needs of its customers, Build It will try to the best of their abilities to find the goods. At the new plumbing and openings section there are bathroom displays with certain tile techniques which are unique as well as a variety of doors and windows (wood andamp; aluminium).

Win at Build It

This will culminate on the 20th June when someone from Build It head-office will do a lucky draw. Every customer buying items worth R500 and more during the period May 20th - June 20th stands the chance of being a winner. The winner will receive a cow with the second and third prizes being a sheep each.

In an extended service to the community, Build It has seven delivery vehicles servicing its customers. It also has a representative on the road calling on building sites giving information and advice. Power outages and load-shedding is a mess, but it has no effect on Build It KwaNobuhle as they have installed a huge generator to the benefit of their customers.

Build It KwaNobuhle is indeed a constructive business, assisting in building its community through their involvement

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