Province: KwaZulu-Natal

District/Branch name: Downstream Aluminium Centre for Technology

Business Name: Somopho Fabrication

Business type: Fabrication


  • Sifiso Sihlongonyane, a young upcoming entrepreneur, runs his business from the DACT facilities, as an incubated entrepreneur.
  • Sifiso Sihlongonyane’s business was established in 7 January 2011.
  • He manufactures aluminium windows, aluminium doors and garage doors, aluminium shower doors and also does fitting and maintenance.

Province: KwaZulu-Natal

District/Branch Name:  Downstream Aluminium Centre for Technology

Business Name: Fanele Welding & Scaling

Business type: Welding


Mr Njwara runs his scaling business at his home in Nzalabantu No: 566, Mzingazi, Richards Bay Kwa-Zulu Natal. He uses the DACT premises and equipment to complete some of his jobs. His business started operating informally in the year of 2008. Mr Njwara used the skills that he had acquired from his previous employment; SA Scale CO where he worked as a Scale Technician. He started sifting clients of his own where he offered his services at a much cheaper and quicker rate.

Province: KwaZulu Natal

District/Branch name: Downstream Aluminium Centre for Technology

Business Name: ELCO Aluminium

Business type:  Fabrication


  • Darrel Mudaly of ELCO Aluminium was incubated at Downstream Aluminium Centre for Technology, ZCBF Community Park, South Central Arterial, Alton, Richards Bay. He has now secured premises in a workshop where he rents.
  • ELCO Aluminium was established on the 1st of July 2012
  • Darrel of ELCO Aluminium manufactures aluminium windows, aluminium doors aluminium garage doors
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Province: KwaZulu Natal

District/Branch name: Downstream Aluminium Centre for Technology

Business Name: Cthembisimo (Pty) Ltd

Business type:  Metal fabrication & welding  


Sikhumbuzo Mkhize is an entrepreneur who started the business called Cthembisimo (Pty) Ltd at Umhlathuze Reserve.  The business started off welding steel and aluminum products such as gates and burglar guards and also includes maintenance services. The target market for the business was households, corporate and government departments and municipalities.  He decided to partner up with Mr Frederick Adriaan Snyders who contributed immensely to Cthembisimo through product development and financial support. Frederick is responsible for the Administration of the business whilst Skhumbuzo is focused on the Operations of the business.


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