Shipping Containers are nothing new to South Africans, they have been used as retail spaces and even mobile clinics.
Young entrepreneur Itumeleng Gatsby Lamola, 26, a Free State native, is getting attention for turning the humble shipping container into affordable, luxurious homes. He is chief executive and founder of Jafta Construction which he founded in January this year.
Business Report reports that Lamola had secured a contract to construct 92 container RDP houses at Makhathini in Wattville in December for the Ekurhuleni Metro’s human settlements department.
What they do
The company recycles shipping containers into fully furnished luxury homes. Each home is built according to the client’s specifications, from the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, double or single story, and garages.
According to Business Report prices range from R80 000 up to R410 000.
“We cater for all sorts of clients, from young people wanting to build their parents their dream homes, to the guy who wants to extend his house, among others,” Lamola said in the interview.
Lamola has a national diploma in information technology, software science, he has a background in stocks trading and forex trading. His interest in construction, however began when he worked for his uncle’s construction business, Gone Away Construction, last year.
“That’s where my interest and knowledge in construction property development comes from,” he says, during an interview with Business Report.
The Jafta Construction Twitter account has been inundated with interests from Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
Lamola confirmed to Business Report, that they have secured a number of clients in Nigeria already and they will begin work next year.
“We will also be extending our operations to Ghana as well. But the long term goal is to expand to the rest of Africa”. Lamola has no qualms declaring that he chose to venture into the business because it has a “lot of money” and investment.