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With over 10 years experience in developing and construction industry, the Calvin and Family Group delivers high quality work. Our hands-on operations ensure that we are the go-to service provider.

The Group has also diversified into other sectors such as security services, project management, printing and marketing, covering an array of services to meet any need

With the wealth of experience and passion for the industry we not only get things done, but also take pride in what we do.

Inspiring Stories of Entrepreneurs – Calvin and Family Group

CALVIN AND FAMILY GROUP (CFG) was established in 2005 by Calvin Mathibeli, a self-made man from incredibly humble beginnings. The company has 10 years experience in the property development and construction industry, specialising initially in residential development, and later branching out into commercial, retail, industrial and civil development. More recently, they have also started building low-cost housing and schools. CFG has further diversified into other sectors such Security Services, Project Management, and Printing and Marketing. In August 2016, they entered the hospitably division, by opening the Unique Lifestyle Cafe at The Square Boutique Hotel in the upmarket area of Umhlanga.

Mathibeli learnt the meaning of a hard day’s work at the age of 13, when he started working as a gardener to pay for his school uniform. He sold oranges to contribute to his single mother’s income. Mathibeli recalls further hardship: ‘When I was growing up, there was a lady who was a pig farmer. She used to go to Shoprite and take the food that was on the street and mix together the food and fruit. Because we never had food at home, I assisted with packing the food, and I used to take the food meant for the pigs, boil it and eat it. I would take the fruit as my lunch box to school. So when you talk about someone who is struggling their level best, you are taking about me!’

Mathibeli registered his first enterprise as a sole proprietor at the age of 17. With no financial backer, he had to apply plenty of inspiration and innovation, as well as find his own source of capital investment to kick-start his business. In 2012 he tried branching into the hospitality industry. Just after the business launched, he suffered two break-ins. All of the restaurant equipment was stolen and Mathibeli experienced bankruptcy. It took dedication, determination, hard work, focus and consistency to overcome this setback.

For Mathibeli, business is not about getting rich quickly; it is about sustainability. ‘We want to be a sustainable, multi-generational business, which is why I called it Calvin and Family Group – I want to sustain my family. I also view my workforce as family members – I never treat them like they are working for me. They are all my responsibility.’ The company focus is on transformation and liberation, and making sure that the youth is empowered through business opportunities.

CFG strives to be the employer of choice in the industry and offers a compelling proposition to employees which includes experienced management and leadership, continuous development through training, competitive remuneration and reward, and growth opportunities in the company. Mathibeli explains their employment ethos: ‘We are building and training our team to achieve superior skills and knowledge in the industry.’

The company has a comprehensive Social Economic Development (SED) strategy, which aims to empower the communities in their project catchment areas with resources, support and skills that ultimately lead to better lives. The company aims to spend 5% of its net profit after tax on community projects and non-profit organisations. The SED programme has three key focus areas:

  • EDUCATION and training with particular focus on maths, science, environmental science, engineering and technology education.
  • Social development involves investing in community development programmes, HIV/Aids awareness, cancer awareness and other emergency related initiatives such as disaster relief and ad hoc sponsorship.
  • Economic development with particular emphasis on promoting the sustainable creation of employment, particularly for marginalised and unskilled groups such as women and youth.

Mathibeli has a vision for the future that reflects his passion for sustainability. ‘We have a campaign #fiveyears5000jobs. I believe it is possible in the next five years, to create a minimum of 5000 sustainable jobs and to become one of the most preferred service providers across the continent and internationally. I am not going to achieve that by myself. We are going to achieve that by forming co-ops with the youth that have a shared vision of owning businesses. We will fund and mentor them and then automatically, jobs will be created.’

With determined and inspiring entrepreneurs such as Mathibeli working hard to uplift his community, one can’t help but feel hopeful for the future of South Africa.

Calvin Mathibeli was recently honoured with the 2016 National Entrepreneur Champion Awards at the South African Small Business Awards.

source: Small Business FRIDAY

Big recognition for small business at the 2016 South African Small Business Awards

The accomplishments of the small business community in South Africa was in the spotlight as winners of the 2016 South African Small Business Awards were announced on 10 November at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.

In its eighth year, the South African Small Business Awards acknowledge the country’s most outstanding businesses and the remarkable people behind them. Hosted by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) and proudly sponsored by FNB, Adams and Adams, DHL and World Famous Events, the awards pay tribute to the unique contribution small businesses make to the South African economy.

This year drew a record number of entries from a diverse range of sectors ranging from technology, retail, transportation, music and engineering. Mike Anderson, Founder and CEO of the NSBC says each of 2016 winners demonstrate incredible tenacity, passion and dedication. “It is a privilege for the NSBC to play a role in promoting small businesses and encourage a much-needed spirit of entrepreneurship through the South African Small Business Awards,” he notes.

The National Small Business Champion was awarded to Roxanne Page of Sassy Chic, an online women’s boutique specialising in South African designers and brands, offering a variety of proudly South African fashion, lingerie and beauty products. The National Entrepreneur Champion went to Calvin Mathibeli of the Calvin And Family Group, a construction company with a focus on residential development, and after tremendous growth is now branching out into commercial and retail development, as well as low cost housing, schools, stadiums and water and sanitation systems.

The coveted National Woman in Business Champion was awarded to Vino Govender of LA Consulting Engineers, a consulting practice operating in the built environment sector offering sustainable living solutions that go beyond the call of duty.

In addition, Tameron Haralambous of Eco Furniture Design was the recipient of a National Skills Development Award for her focus on environmental sustainability and social upliftment as core business principles. The National Innovation Award was extended to Juanita Van Der Merwe of Little Green Number for her efforts in using repurposed PVC billboards while also giving back to the community through a ‘Buy1Give1’ philosophy.

In congratulating the finalists, senior partner with Adams & Adams, Johan du Preez said, “It is wonderful to see recognition being given to such determined and dynamic entrepreneurs. Small Business leadership in South Africa requires unique skills that are informed by a razor sharp mind and a lot of lateral thinking.” This sentiment was echoed by Stephen Swart, Head of Global Business Development at FNB who added, “We as FNB Business support the entrepreneurial spirit shown by each of the worthy winners, and look forward to seeing their continued growth and progression.

John Lucas, Managing Director for DHL Express South Africa added, “DHL has over the last couple of years channelled its focus into the development and growth of SME’s across Sub-Saharan Africa, as we see them as the growth engine for the continent. We congratulate the winners on their awards and look forward to continuing to support them in growing their business across borders.”

source: Creamer Media but is a supplied media statement