Quarry Southern Africa May 2019 - Page 29

FACE TO FACE A s a qualified mining engineer, Makhado worked at an Anglo Ashanti mine, and his trips to work and home were always accompanied by trucks. Like an epiphany, it made sense to him and trucking it was. Prodeliver provides logistics and mining services, including transportation of commodities, palletised goods, and various other materials to both private and public sectors. “We provide a variety of heavy trucking equipment to the mining industry,” he says. Prodeliver offers its transport solutions to producers, receivers, manufacturers, and suppliers. The company has tautliner trucks, volume trucks, side tipper trucks, as well as flat-deck trailer trucks. Among other commodities, the company transports steel, timber, cables, pipes, cement, tools, and equipment. Makhado has a BSc honours degree in mining engineering from Wits University and is a member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), Association of Mine Managers South Africa (AMMSA), South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), Wits University Mining Engineers Association (WUMEA), and 1000’s Men. Coming together with his partners to realise the dream of running a business, they bought a truck and opened their doors. “I can say I have always been an entrepreneur because throughout my life, I have always been selling,” Makhado says. He shares that it was his mom who instilled the entrepreneurial spirit in him — he used to sell with her at home and after school. Start-ups need a lot of attention — when not nurtured, it could be to their detriment. “Our line of business is highly capital intensive, so not having funding for resources we need has been challenging. However, we have now found ourselves at a point where we have more demand than supply,” he says. He describes himself as a high-risk taker and is happy with where he is now. The business was run while they were still employed; however, circumstances led Makhado to resign and focus on the business. “The moment I started working full time on the business, that is when it started gaining momentum,” he says. They are part of the Black Umbrellas, an enterprise development incubation organisation partnering with the private sector, government, and civil society to address the low levels of entrepreneurship and high failure rate of 100% black-owned emerging businesses in the African continent. “The incubation provides mentorship, business training including legal, marketing, audited financial statements, and so on, and a mentor is allocated to engage with often,” he explains. Taking the reins As the CEO, he is responsible for making major decisions and ensuring the day-to-day running of the business. Striving for growth, he aims to increase company resources. “We are looking at scaling and growing not only our fleet and service offering, but our client base as well. We want to open our own depot and work towards ultimately having three depots in the country as well as our own warehouse. We really want to make our mark in this field and as such will be exploring other forms of transportation, including drones,” adds Makhado. He hopes to see the company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. www.quarryonline.co.za  QUARRY SA | MAY/JUNE 2019_27