Philemon Sakhiseni Ntshangase | Masiphula Training and Consulting
Programme sponsor: Babcock
“This country now has an additional business that is contributing to lowering the rate of unemployment”
Masiphula Training and Consulting offers an impressive array of health and safety compliance services in the construction sector. This includes construction-work permit applications, baseline risk assessments, health and safety specifications and training inductions, to name a few.
When owner Philemon Ntshangase started his business, it was with his legacy in mind. With years of exposure to the occupational health and safety space, he decided to put his experience to work to generate wealth and provide employment. The early days of his business presented some challenges. “I had a lack of understanding around the legal requirements of a business,” he explains.
Lucky enough to be selected to take part in a Babcock-sponsored business-development programme, he set about absorbing all the knowledge he could. Powered by Raizcorp, the programme gave him access to dedicated guides (mentors), bookkeeping services and a network of other entrepreneurs. “I learned so much about the compliance needed to run a business. The assistance provided in the guiding sessions was tremendous,” he says. “Implementing the information from the sales and marketing sessions has resulted in a drastic increase in sales,” he expands.
“It was very important for me to learn that a business depends on the wellbeing of its owner,” he says, referring to his personal guiding sessions. Once the lone worker in his business, he now employs three permanent and two part-time employees. His turnover has increased by 260% in the last year. “Through planning and setting up strategies, my business managed to stay productive – even during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he says proudly.
Phineas is nothing but thankful. “I wish to convey my gratitude to Babcock. Through their sponsorship, this country now has an additional business that is contributing to lowering the rate of unemployment. A very big thank you.”