Vino Govender

Companies Name:
LA Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd

What does your company do?

Since inception, the Company has grown steadily and established a strong foundation in the Built Environment. In line with the Company's long term growth path, the Company's executive implemented the name change to LA Consulting Engineers with new Company branding effective from July 2013 LA-Life Africa is the concept incorporated to Change Lives as the slogan suggests. The Company offers a wide range of expertise, with its primary focus on Civil Engineering Infrastructure, Project Management, and Turnkey Solutions. The Company has its head office located in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal as well as a branch office in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. The Company through its executive has tackled this issue through its long term strategic planning of mentoring and training of SMME businesses, as well as continual development of its staff by offering internal training and various short external courses that is relevant to their job description.

What has been your biggest success?

Shareholder and Managing Director of the Company I have achieved the following accolades:- 2015 Margaret Hirsh Finalist & Business Woman Achiever Award of the Month - 2015 Finalist in the Corporate Category for BWA Business Women Achiever Awards - 12th Annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards 2015 Finalist Certificate of Excellence - Top Gender Empowered Company Fast Growth Women – Owned SMME Award - 2016 Top performing Entrepeneur National Business awards - 2016 SACBW Regional Finalist & SACBW Nationalist Finalist Entrepreneur of the - Year - 2016 MH Business Woman Achiever of the Year Award - 2016 Small Business Award National Woman in Business Champion Award - 2016 Ethics Officer - 2016 BMF Most Proactive Entrepreneur - 2017 Woman of Stature Finalist Directors Special Award - 2017 16th Oliver Top Empowerment Awards Finalist Empowered Entrepreneur - 2017 Semi Finalist for the Justice Pageant

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Being surrounded by ALL male partnership/shareholders that were senior to me, I knew that I really wanted to be, in an industry where Women, particularly Indian women knew very little about From that day on, I strived to fulfil that goal Many days, I made numerous sacrifices and as a single mother of a teenage boy, that became a very difficult task However, I worked tirelessly and overcame the many days of fatigue and disappointments to achieve that The journey was long and sometimes I just wanted to give up hope but in my heart, I knew where I wanted to be All these experiences had gotten me in the darkest phases of my life but I had to build up my courage and willpower to get out of it for the sake of my son I crossed many hurdles and did it with dedication and passion for my dream.

Company website address