Emphasizing its staff, comprising more than 500 permanent employees, as its “most valuable asset, “Khato Holdings chairperson Simbi Phiri, states that, “we run the company holistically, therefore, there is no wastage of resources. I think we have the best people.”
Khato Civils CEO Mongezi Mnyani says as a result of Simbi Phiri’s philosophy, which emphasises discipline Khato Civils employees take pride in their work and look after the company’s assets. “In this business, there is opportunity for wastage, steeling and the abuse of equipment.”
Further, Khato Civils also believes in investing in the improvement of the livelihoods of the people surrounding its projects.
“We are a big company, but we do not operate in isolation. Almost 80% of the people – the core labourers involved in our projects – come from the communities surrounding our projects. We train them to effectively operate our equipment and how to do the work that is required.”
In terms of corporate social investment, Mnyani says Khato Civils has spent more than R5-million on initiatives linked to its Giyani project.
The company’s initiatives include renovating a school for the disabled and improving its sports grounds, as well as upgrading sports clubs, police stations and schools to ensure that learners are taught in a conducive environment.
In Malawi, Khato Civils has renovated clinics, police stations and schools, as part of its efforts to plough funds back into the communities where it is active.
KHATO CIVILS MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
- Improve intrinsic and potential project value
- Enhance customer/employee/company values
- Improve the efficiency of management resources through rapid management
- Nurture personnel, strengthen internal structures, establish research and development, and strengthen the salesforce while improving productivity