BusinessDictionary.com defines empowerment as the management practice of sharing informantio, rewards, and power with employees so that they can take the nitiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve service and performance. It is a concept of giving employees the skills, resources, authority, opportunity and accountable for the outcomes of their actions.
EnviroServ Waste Management has embraced this concept and is taking it to new leels. After months of hard work and planning, the EnviroServ Empowerment Scheme (EES) finally kicked off on 2 August 2010. Daniel Huma, who is based at the Pretoria depot in Gauteng, was selected from a vast number of international applicants to pilot this scheme. A partnership between EnviroServ, Daniel & Sons and Moe & Company (Daniel’s managing agents) has been cemented. We can confidently report that our first month of operation has been a huge success, and that Daniel is really making the National Logistics division proud. On behalf of the management team, I would like to thank all the role players in this project: many of whom have since left the National Logistics department.
Daniel managed to obtain finance for his very own Mercedes Benz Axor chassis cab which has been fitted with an EnviroServ-owned skip.
Appart from owning the vehicle he operates it himself with the assistance of a family member. Daniel has already employed an additional driver and assistant to run the vehicle on night shifts, thus getting maximum utilisation from his asset. This initiative ensures that Daniel surpasses all the initial goals and targets that EnviroServ had set for him as a sub-contractor.
Once Daniel has run his business successfully for a number of months he will be able to produce addtional vehicles, as well as increase the size of his fleet a contractual miximum of five vehicles. Depending on Daniel’s success, we intend rolling out the Empowerment Scheme programme to other depots and regions within the group.
Congratulations are in order for Daniel. We wish im well with his new business endevour. Keep those wheels turning and may you have many rewarding miles!
Moe & Company Owner-Drivers is an operating division of Romador 147 (Pty) Ltd, a national company involved in the development and management of owner-driver schemes. The venture was founded in the early 1990s by Derek Moe.
Today, it is represented across the country, and counts the Tongaat Group, Unitrans, Barloworld Logistics, Illovo Sugar,Consol Glass Mondi Recycling and Mondi Paper Pickup among its clients.
The business has operated owner-driver schemes for 13 years, and currently has 278 owner-drivers on its books. It has service centres in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the North West Province, Gauteng, and the Free State, and employs 33 people, excluding its directors.
In 2006, Barloworld Siyakhula facilitated the entry of BEE partner Deon Cupido, who together with Barloworld Siyakhula, is a 25,3% shareholder in the business and holds the title of company secretary. Chairman Derek Moe, financial director Jan Potgieter and marketing director Friedel Kirstein each own a 24,9% stake in the company.
The company generates an annual turnover of approximately R250 million, and the current value of vehicles financed stands at around R90 million.
Barloworld Siyakhula’s contribution to the company involves equity and debt financing of more than R2 million.
"Becoming a Barloworld Siyakhula investee company has opened huge doors for us. We say thank you!" says Moe.
“We are well-positioned to assist companies to obtain points for enterprise development by converting their existing fleets to owner-driver schemes. Not only has Moe transformed, but its value proposition is extremely relevant to the transformation of other South African companies under the different industry charters. I am not only proud to be part of Moe, but also of the small contribution we are making to transforming South Africa," says Cupido.
Photographs - Moe & Company
Celebrating the official signing of the sale agreements with BEE partner and executive director Deon Cupido (second from left) are (from left to right) Friedel Kirstein, Derek Moe and Jan Potgieter (all executive directors), the original shareholders of Moe & Company Owner-Drivers.
Signing the deal at Moe & Company are (from left to right) Matthew Govender, managing director of Barloworld Siyakhula; Jan Potgieter, executive director, Derek Moe, executive director, Friedel Kirstein, executive director, Deon Cupido, executive director and BEE partner.
On the occasion of the signing of the sale agreements at Moe & Company are Deon Cupido, executive director and BEE partner, and Matthew Govender, managing director of Barloworld Siyakhula.
At the Cape Town offices of Moe & Company – Deon Cupido, executive director and BEE partner, with Gareth O’Ryan, owner-driver, and Cernell van der Horst, driver.