Where do you offer your services?
To date we have grown to supply nationally through four branches in South Africa: Bushbuckridge, Witbank, Auckland Park (Johannesburg) and Cape Town. As our vision statement states, “To be the world-leading Engineering Service provider.” We have also managed to grow, extend our footprint and manage projects in other African countries such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Which aspects of the business is showing the best growth?
The green energy sector, or solar systems, has shown a very positive growth graph since Eskom and municipalities have implemented loadshedding. The failure of energy supply nationally has seen the demand and the market for energy expand, which is reflected in revenue and sales.
Have you signed any significant new clients in the last 18 months?
We have closed a number of new long-term, small, medium and large contracts with Standard Bank, Afrimat, AfriSam, General Electric, Astron Energy and Anglo American Mining.
Do you have partnerships with other companies?
At this point our company has grown to become an asset and valued business which stands on its own in any project. We have the skills, acumen, staff qualifications and accreditations to manage and complete every project to the customer’s expectations and scope, be it large or small.
What are some of the challenges you have faced to get your small business started and to make it grow?
Building an Asset-of-Value business has never been easy, despite the fact that I had qualified with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). A standalone business has always been my dream, and this made me able to tackle the many challenges to build, manage and operate the successful business: financial, marketing, operational and human resources challenges. It was very difficult to penetrate the engineering market before we had responded to all of these challenges. But now we are able to meet every project or business standard.
Freddy and Sons Maintenance Engineering (Pty) Ltd is a 100% black-owned and managed engineering company which has its headquarters in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. The company has been offering solutions since 2012 and has steadily grown its client base to include a range of private and public sector companies.
Freddy and Sons specialises in electrical, mechanical, project management and air-conditioning services. With the combination of the skills and expertise within the company, Freddy and Sons Maintenance Engineering (Pty) Ltd has the capability and capacity for most projects and has excellent working relationships with other medium-sized companies (both established and emerging) for additional capacity when required.
Freddy And Sons Maintenance Engineering (Pty) Ltd is a key national player in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and advisory field within the South African and Sub-Saharan African regions, operating in the following areas:
- Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Designs
- Project Management
- Infrastructure Asset Management and development
- Solar Energy Systems
- Performance Energy Management
All divisions serve a wide range of local, regional and multinational clients and remain recognised and grouped with market leaders in multiple in multidisciplinary engineering services.
Qualifications and certificates
Founder and CEO Freddy Sibuyi has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. In addition, he has Engineering Project Management Certificate from the University of Pretoria, a Trade Test (Electrical), a Wiremen’s Licence and has undergone a Safety Management Training Course (SAMTRAC) through NOSA. Before starting his own business, Freddy worked for Transnet, Scaw Metals and Eskom. He has been a winner in a national business plan competition for SMMEs run by Business Partners Limited and SME Toolkit and has participated in the Tholoana Enterprise Programme of the SAB Foundation.