GlobesScope Security Solutions owner, Glynn Mashonga, will be awarded a certificate this month after successfully completing the Eskom Contractor Academy accredited course.

Mashonga heard about the academy when her company competed and became a finalist in the Eskom Development Foundation Business Investment Competition (BIC) in 2015.

“I looked at the course outline of the programme and knew that the knowledge I would gain at the academy would add to my skills and knowledge but most importantly, help my business grow,” says Mashonga.

GlobeScope Security Solutions was established in 2012 and is based in Cape Town. Mashonga started the company after working for a security company and deciding to enter the security market on her own. The company installs sophisticated electronic security systems to keep tertiary institutions, corporates and homes in the Western Cape safe and secure. Their products include alarms, access control, CCTV, electric fences, gate automation etc. As a qualified technician, Mashonga does most of the product installations herself.

The Contractor Academy is the Eskom Foundation’s programme to equip small business owners and entrepreneurs with the necessary skills required to build sustainable businesses.

It is offered to contractors and suppliers wishing to improve their skills in project and financial management, entrepreneurship, legislation and technical acumen.

Mashonga says their industry is highly competitive and it is vital that all projects are completed on time and within the prescribed budgets as profit margins are minimal.

“It is important for instance, to have all health and safety systems in place on site to ensure the safety of your staff. The academy has provided me with all the tools and knowledge to enable me to implement these systems. I was recently awarded a maintenance contract which necessitated work being carried out at numerous sites and at different times.

"I was able to implement the knowledge I had gained from the project management course to accurately calculate the time needed to complete the work, as well as the profit margins,” says Mashonga.

The academy, which combines both theoretical and practical work, is covered over eight months and students attend a residential study school for a week every month. Eskom believes that by empowering small businesses and helping them to become profitable, the country can start addressing its socio-economic challenges and start seeing a difference.

Eskom Development Foundation acting CEO, Cecil Ramonotsi, says that Eskom is committed to stimulating economic growth by promoting entrepreneurship, especially amongst women and the youth, so that they can create jobs.

“Initiatives such as the Contractor Academy are important if we are to fight and defeat the high rate of unemployment, and reduce the high number of failing businesses,” says Ramonotsi.