Posted on 5 December, 2019
Construction company GVK-Siya Zama has boosted its Eastern Cape business by hiring experienced contractor, Hannes Geyser, to take the regional business to new levels of growth.
As MD of the Eastern Cape division, Geyser will be building on the company’s solid foundation and heritage in the province spanning some 40 years, with a focus on growing the operations and contributing positively to the construction industry in the region.
GVK-Siya Zama CEO, Eben Meyburgh is confident Geyser is the perfect fit for the business. “Hannes is a seasoned contractor who has the right experience for the position. He has the right business culture, education, and skills; as well as the drive and temperament to make success of the position,” Meyburgh says.
Meyburgh says the Eastern Cape is a very important region for the company, with a number of staff in the province having been employed at GVK-Siya Zama since the early 1990s.
“As one of the few established Grade 9 CIDB contractors in the Eastern Cape, we have an obligation towards the development of the province and its people,” says Meyburgh. Construction companies are graded according to their financial and capacity to carry out construction projects and Grade 9 is the highest grade a company can achieve.
“We also remain confident in the government’s commitment to develop this province and look forward to contributing towards a better future for all the inhabitants by delivering a superior product, working with local communities and developing SMMEs, suppliers, subcontractors and our staff.”
Geyser, who has a solid track record in construction with companies such as Basil Read and Stefanutti Stocks, sees his new role as MD at GVK-Siya Zama as a step up in his career, in a company that he admires for how it has grown in very difficult economic conditions.
“The new position as MD is a career advancement for me and I expect to be challenged, which is something that I am really looking forward to.
“A big priority is to align myself with the GVK-Siya Zama values and the GVK-Siya Zama way as soon as possible to enable me to tap into the solid foundation that doubled the company’s size in the last five years. I’d like to use this knowledge to drive growth in our region in the next five years,” Geyser says.
Both Meyburgh and Geyser agree that the construction industry has been in the doldrums, but they believe that with the productive culture that has seen GVK-Siya Zama thrive despite the general carnage in the sector, in addition to encouraging signs from government working to resuscitate the industry and root out corruption, the prospects look bright for GVK-Siya Zama in particular, and the industry in general.