Cell phone towers prove to be a lifline for this electrical company

Unity Electrical entrepreneur Manamane Mathabatha’s business has been steadily improving over the period of the pandemic thanks to network tower installations around Gauteng.

“When construction is complete, my team goes on site to set up the electrical component of the installation. This final phase of each tower has proved to be a game-changer for my business,” commented Mathabatha.

The Unity Electrical team consists of four permanent staff including an administrative assistant who keeps the bookkeeping and job scheduling on track. There are also three electrical contractors who are available on a regular basis when contracts require additional skills. On larger projects, Mathabatha calls on a consistent pool of casual labourers who carry out tasks such as pulling cables through ducts.

Thanks to the Riversands Incubation Hub service co-ordinator assigned to Unity Electrical, Lorraine Maphaha and Mathabatha’s mentor, Jean-Franḉois Barral, Mathabatha has taken full advantage of the services provided by the team at Riversands Incubation Hub. “I now have processes in place which I established with my mentor’s input. These have improved my cash flow and general business management. The fact that I have a dedicated service co-ordinator has also made a big difference to my business life,” he said.

Not satisfied with growing Unity Electrical, Mathabatha has a social conscience and is currently sponsoring a young woman to complete her electrical engineering qualification at Ekurhuleni West TVET College. “It’s important to pay my good fortune forward and help youngsters where I can. I also have two apprentice electricians in my team, giving them a good start in life,” remarked Mathabatha.

Premises and the support services on offer at Riversands Incubation Hub proved to be the boost that his business needed, providing a trustworthy professionalism to the operation.