DRIEKOP – Statistics have shown that there are fewer black women in the engineering sector. However, Mamokiba Makuwa is rapidly excelling in this male-dominated industry. While most of her peers are in the nursing, administration and teaching fraternities, she chose engineering as her preferred field. Makuwa owns TKY Trading, a company that specialises in armature winding, general engineering and construction maintenance, and also provides a range of products and services to the mining industry. Makuwa said she grew up among boys, and the idea of success excited this ambitious entrepreneur.
“Winning in business always was and still is exhilarating. It makes you strive for so much more,” she said.
“We used to sell ice blocks at school and it was expected of me to bring the budgeted R20 home.” Makuwa was a star pupil, giving her peers a run for their money. She was promoted from grade eight straight to grade 10, where she shared a class with her older brother. Later, she graduated at the top of her class at the Tshwane University of Technology. On a recent visit to Marota Primary in Gamotodi, she encouraged the girls to focus their efforts on maths and science to help them access careers that traditionally exclude them.
Her first job was as a receptionist, and soon enough she was meddling in sales and marketing. “Even though I was receptionist, I loved sales and marketing and when given the chance I would triple the sales targets. From beauty to health products, I sold it all!” It was this natural entrepreneurial ability that led to the birth of TKY Trading in 2012, making Makuwa the first female entrepreneur in the engineering services field in Tubatse.
She has numerous accolades in the business and engineering sector. She recently participated in the SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme. TKY Trading was one of only 11 businesses from Limpopo selected for this prestigious programme, which provides participants with access to extensive training and expert mentorship, market access, financing and other resources designed to help businesses like hers achieve new levels of success.