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Constructing oneÔÇÖs future

Mon, 18 March 2013 03:34
by Honorine Kaze
Business

The birth of Exumo Komesho Construction of Namibia CC two years ago gave life to Verikatumba Katjaimo’s dream of providing houses.
The construction company offers services such as building, renovations, paintings, ceiling jobs, panel installations, and interlocks and welding works.
Katjaimo (25), a civil engineering graduate of the College of Cape Town started the construction company together with his mom and twin brothers as a family business based in Wanaheda, Katutura.
Upon the end of his studies, he worked for the Namibian Building Concept for two years during which he acquired more practical insight into the job and realised that he wanted to be more independent.
He then realised he could do even more by opening his own construction business.
“I always wanted to have something of my own and with the savings I had and the support from family, the construction business was born,” he beams.
However, owning your business takes a lot of perseverance and hard work as the business does not always come your way as wished he points out.
Katjaimo realised that most companies do always want to contract established firms with much older owners.
“We have not been exactly successful when it comes to getting jobs through tendering as it is, most of the time, awarded to bigger firms. But, we do not get discouraged since we know it is a matter of proving ourselves in the industry and we will reach our height as well,” he stresses.
Katjaimo says he is more involved in renovation, ceiling jobs and painting and has been able to accomplish those services to different houses in Hockland Park and Wanaheda among many other areas.
Currently, besides his partners Katjaimo employs three part-time technicians for field jobs while other employees are currently taking courses at vocational training.
Katjaimo’s purpose in choosing specifically students from vocational training colleges is to empower and help them grow within their field of study.
Through using a youthful workforce, Katjaimo believes that they will then be able to deliver a faster and efficient job since they all are passionate about the opportunities given in the construction industry.
He markets through grapevine and by distributing flyers in the capital as well as through his former clients.
Regarding his future, Katjaimo is aware of the difficulties that still lie ahead but is more confident that he is on the right path and will continue to grow his clientele through excelling at his work.
He also hopes to be more successful at getting awarded bigger construction projects through tendering.