Boykie Kekana is a 26-year-old civil engineering technician, construction entrepreneur and founder of JMB Construction and JMB Online. Boykie is originally from Zebediela. He did his formal schooling in Zebediela until he completed his matric in 2008. He then moved to Pretoria to further his studies in Civil Engineering at the University of South Africa.

 

Two years into his studies, he and his friend Master Masemene decided to register a construction company that they named after their initials called JMB construction, that is focused on designing, land survey, quoting house plans and consulting for small building projects.

 

“Given the hardship that goes into running a construction company without experience, capital and contacts, we decided to run an online biding system called JMB Online. Which is an online biding system that seeks to create a platform from which small contractors could feed from opportunities available at a point in time and help expose clients to credible, affordable and competent contractors. The system also helps reintegrate retrenched construction employees and graduates looking for job opportunities by pairing them with companies in need of their expertise and experience”, Boykie said.

 

They work in partnership with City of Johannesburg under Gauteng Premier, David Makhura’s initiative Tshepo500k, Ceda construction incubators and skills development agencies around the province. They also host entrepreneurial sessions in partnership with other entrepreneurs. “We have had an opportunity to host DJ Sbu, Tbo Touch and Linda Ntuli. We work closely with well-known singers like Mmatema Moremi and Omega Khunou”, he added.

 

They also had an opportunity to be hosted by Power FM on Power perspective with JJ Tabane, Kaya FM and Tshwane FM and featured on a couple of newspapers.
It is very expected for entrepreneurs and inventors to have critics. These could even include family and close friends. What makes this partnership different is the persistence and the passion to make the vision successful regardless of how people may perceive their actions.

 

 “The reaction that we got from our family members was that ‘We are being over-ambitious’, that we will fail and we won’t make it. When you strive to achieve a vision that your family has never seen, you are bound to face obstacles. We knew that in order for us to fulfil this vision we need to have confidence in ourselves. When they do see us in a number of newspapers and listen to us on radio stations, they then start to have a paradigm shift of some sort, changing the way they think about us and the vision”.

Boykie Kekana’s persistent drive is a clear illustration of how one should react when faced with challenges trying to get the vision into existence. More people need to realize the importance of pushing against all odds and understand that different circumstances, be it good or bad, bring growth. Make them work for your own good.

By Mulondo ‘Pioneer’ Nethengwe

 

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