Here Asa Walesa Mazomba (2nd in 2014) and JP Malgas (semi finalist in 2015) talk to Jodi Lynn Karpes about what has happened in their lives after their successes in the competition.
Asa Walesa Mazomba is a Quantity Surveyor and Construction Project Manager. Mazomba is an Alumni of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Engineering and a member of multiple industry organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Building and the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors.
After 6 years of exposure in the Construction Industry as a Site based Construction Manager and Consulting Quantity Surveyor, Asa registered a construction company in 2010 and found that getting work was the hardest part. From that point on he began developing an online solution – TenderPoint – with Zinzi May, a Graphic Designer.
TenderPoint is an online CIDB Construction Procurement tool that strives to introduce effective and efficient procurement in the Construction Industry and built for organisations that procure to the industry as well as between contractors themselves.
2015 Port Elizabeth finalist, Jean-Pierre Malgas, did exceptionally well and reached the semi-final.
The 25-year-old qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) entered the competition as a wild card on the day of the event, after deciding to attend it at the last minute. His tenacious entrepreneurial spirit saw him grab his spot for the national competition which will be taking place in Johannesburg on October 21 and 22. “This was just an idea that I had since the beginning of the year. I told one or two people about it, who thought it was cool, but never thought my idea could be turned into a business,” says Malgas.
The former Grey High School pupil, who has been doing accounting since Grade 10, started working on the software at the beginning of the year after realising he was not cut out for a regular office job.