Writing Samples

Meet Binvic Africa’s People

I’ve done a fair bit of writing work for BINVIC over the past three years. The most recent assignment included spending some time with each member of the team and writing some short content for the company’s People page.  BINVIC’s Managing Director, Dennis Keenan,grew up in a construction household and has worked within the sector […]

Terra Strata celebrates eight years in business with a CIDB Grade Eight

Terra Strata Construction began operating from founder Shaun Nell’s dining room table at the beginning of 2011, effectively launching the new company into an economic climate that was not deemed conducive to growth. Eight years later, in a competitive geotechnical and marine construction field, Terra Strata has progressed to achieve Construction Industry Development Board gradings […]

Sharp young minds ignite growth at Sharpshell Engineering

When current CEO Godfrey Pangeti joined Sharpshell as a director in March 2008 the company’s main focus was the provision of industrial solutions, comprising mainly corrosion protection and thermal insulation to mine and process engineers working in the petrochemical and mining sectors. Pangeti’s strategy for growth included seeking opportunities as a contractor and supplying the […]

Iron lady finishes East London’s 70.3 Ironman on a high note

On the 29 January 2017 I completed the Ironman 70.3 East London in a total time of 08:20:57. This, after only four months of gruelling and committed training, a knee cap that kept dislocating, many visits to my physiotherapist, and a lot of encouragement from friends, family and my fiancé. Prior to the race I had participated in […]

Gabriella Hanna champions the pebble effect

A few years ago, I was feeling quite down about how little of an impact I was making in the bigger scheme of things – such a large portion of the population is in need of assistance. I felt that the best I was doing was facilitating a few apprenticeships a year or handing over […]

Stefanutti Stocks team finishes eleventh in KAP sani2c Race

The 2019 KAP sani2c Race is the largest mountain bike stage race in the world, with three versions of the event running over five days in May. This year Hendrik Bester, site surveyor at Stefanutti Stocks Building KZN and his brother, Burger, wore the Stefanutti Stocks colours as they participated in the 265-kilometre-long race starting […]

What a ride joBerg2c turned out to be!

The joBerg2C was a truly amazing experience! I teamed up with Jako van Heerden (from Kantey & Templer) from Kloof to ride in the vet men’s category of the Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race. We set out on the nine-day mountain bike adventure with the aim of getting onto the vets podium. Stage 1 started on Friday 21 […]

Hakito’s Story

HAKITO BRAND COPY: Every parent will tell you that his or her child is truly amazing. Many parents will tell you that they want to encourage their children to grow up to be creative individuals, free thinkers and successful at whatever they choose to do. All parents are known to brag about their little one’s [...]

Terence’s Trilby

CHARACTERISATION OF A HAT: It was showing obvious signs of aging and had grown pale and wan since the first time it had proudly perused the streets of Sophiatown from just under two-metres up. In spite of its appearance, and twenty years after its first outing, the trilby still exuded this self-same confidence when perched [...]


CREATIVE WRITING SAMPLE: Beth stared at her toes. There were still ten of them down there, all neatly parked in her pink flip-flops. Just like there were still ten people up ahead of her, haphazardly distributed in what resembled a queue. She tilted her head slightly, squinting at the clock on the peeling wall and [...]

Dibuseng Mokoena plans to drive change

Twenty-seven-year-old Dibuseng Mokoena has worked for Stefanutti Stocks Mining Services for four years, most recently as the production manager at the Chilwavhusiku Colliery in Bronkhorstpruit. The colliery, that is owned by Black Royalty Minerals, became fully operational towards the end of 2017, and supplies coal to customers within South Africa, as well as serving the export market. The team running the […]

Axsys Projects aspires to growth in challenging economic climate

The relationship between Stefanutti Stocks and black-woman owned construction company Axsys Projects began in 2012, just one year after Halga Ninow-Cohen established the company in 2011. After five years of being a strategic enterprise development (ED) partner, Axsys then moved out of the ED programme in 2017, into the Voluntary Rebuild Programme (VRP) to become […]

A move from professional rugby to Qweli Construction

Eugene Maqwelana and Kobus Marx first met when a then nineteen-year-old Maqwelana did some holiday work for Marx Electrical – a family-owned, Paarl-based business established in 1969. The two became firm friends, and after completing his studies Marx went into the family business, while Maqwelana pursued a career as a professional rugby player … as well as studying theology, a short […]

Investment in black woman-owned cooperative IsiYalu to increase manufacturing capacity

IsiYalu Manufacturing and Retailing Primary Cooperative is a community cooperative that manufactures industrial, corporate wear and sports active wear, as well as offering promotional branding and marketing services to its clients. The cooperative is seventy per cent black woman owned and employs fifty two individuals, forty-five of whom are women. The cooperative became part of Stefanutti Stocks’ enterprise development (ED) programme in […]

Championing transformation in the Kingdom of Eswatini

In 2018 Stefanutti Stocks Construction Swaziland celebrated its thirtieth year in the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland). In the years leading up to this milestone, the company has also been working hard to ensure that its journey will continue well into the next decade and beyond. “In addition to continuing to deliver a high-quality product, a sustainable future for our company […]

Izazi Mining sets its sights on achieving B-BBEE Level One by 2019

Izazi Mining Services is a one-hundred per cent black-owned mining and construction company, with a B-BBEE rating of Level Three. It is owned and run by business partners Mbongiseni Alfred Sibisi (chief executive officer) and Mahan Joseph Lukhele (chief operating office), both of whom have extensive experience (in excess of twenty-five years a piece) in mining engineering and management, including optimising […]

Summiting Kilimanjaro no walk in the park!

My ten months stint for Stefanutti Stocks R&E in Kenya was coming to a close, and I decided that I would most likely not be this close to being able to tick off one of my bucket-list items again, and so decided to climb Kilimanjaro before heading back to South Africa. As a keen runner I thought the […]

More love stories for Jewel-Art Africa

I have written a number of stories for the “If rings could talk …” section of  Jewel-Art Africa. Rudi Cronje, the resident jeweller at Jewel-Art Africa, designs and crafts beautiful custom-made rings for his clients – and sometimes, as part of the crafting process, they gift their clients with a first person narrative, written from the perspective of the […]

Introducing Annie

INTRODUCING ANNIE - BRAND MASCOT: Annie grew up on a working farm in the Free State, with four brothers and a host of chores evenly distributed amongst the five children. Before she was knee-high to a grasshopper she was rolling up her sleeves and tackling more than her fair share of tasks. Her affinity for [...]

Hello, my name is LoFo

Hello, My name is LoFo, which is short for Lost and Found. I was born in the Kruger National Park, and when I was about twelve months old I lost my mum to some poachers. I tried to protect her, but they beat me with their machetes, and then left me to die. I was […]

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