Nokunqoba Beverley Gumbi

Isivuno Container Business

What does your company do?

Isivuno Container Business CC ("Isivuno") was established in 2005 as the only African female run and owned container conversion company in South Africa. Ms. Beverley Gumbi is the founder and CEO. She identified a niche in the market for the use of refurbished shipping container units, where the strength of shipping container is exploited and given a prolonged life lease whilst mitigating recycling. These refurbished containers are designed, converted and delivered as the following units: 1) ECD Parkhomes Units ( Classrooms, Kitchen, Sickbay and Office) 2) Spaza Shops 3) Lifestyle Lounges 4) Hair Saloons 5) Business Precincts or Market Stalls 6) Libraries 7) Mobile Kitchens 8) Cold rooms and Chillers 9) Student Accommodation 10) Containerized Green Houses 11) Water Treatment Plants Containers are an innovative solution to address infrastructural challenges in both rural and urban communities.

What is your biggest success?

1) Completion of eThekwini Metro Ablution Project 2) Partnering with National Lottery Commission to deliver ECD project nationally 3) Completion of CCBSA("Coca Cola Beverage of South Africa") Bizniz-In-A-Box project for three consecutive years. 4) Completion of NEF(National Empowerment Fund) Relief project 5) Appointment of Isivuno by Dunlop to be their preferred supplier to roll-out their "Bizniz-In-A-Box " 2024 project 6) Winner of 2007/08 SAB (South African Breweries) Kickstart Regional and National 7) Finalist for BWA 2012 Entrepreneur Category 8) Finalist for Enterprise Of the Year (EOY) Sanlam|Business Partners 2018

What has been your biggest hurdle?

1. Funding 2. Raw material and Equipment sourcing 3. Land for new premises