Local woman making wonders in a men dominated industry

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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.



Pontsho Manyaka the Founder of Greater Tubatse News is a versatile Entrepreneur with over 6 years experience in Digital and Print Media. A Lover of all Startups #Media #Tech #Software Developer and #Mining. He is currently working as a Editor and Digital Manager for Greater Tubatse Newspaper. His main responsibilities include managing: News production, Editing, Electronic and Social Media. ●Content production and distribution of electronic newspapers ●Managing distribution of publications ●Updating and maintaining newspaper mailing lists ●Update and upload information on electronic media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook ) ●Manage daily social media content distribution

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  1. Olga June 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Wow thats great work i hope our kids they will follow ur footsteps proudly Marota Primary School my school village where i did SubA until Std 5 and also my kids a still learning there.

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