Concor is leveraging its new operating model to position itself for growth, according to Fezeka Nompumza, Concor’s executive for business development and stakeholder engagement. Focused on optimising efficiencies and prioritising teamwork, the company’s operating ethos is underpinned by its values of teamwork, care, agility, delivery and trust.
The pace of tender roll-out for civil infrastructure work has picked up this year, as have aspects of the building sector. The mining sector – Concor’s other key focus – has also seen a welcome change of fortunes in recent years.
According to Fezeka Nompumza, Concor’s executive for business development and stakeholder engagement, the company’s model going forward is a centralised operation that can optimise efficiencies, prioritise teamwork and facilitate cross-selling across its suite of services.
“This direction is underpinned by our values of teamwork, care, agility, delivery and trust,” says Nompumza. “These drive our proactive collaboration with clients as we build their faith in our hard-earned capabilities.”
This approach has already earned Concor a niche position in the renewable energy sector, she notes. The company has developed a significant speciality in wind farm developments, working with some of the leading players in South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
“This success is paving the way for ongoing wind farm involvement, but is also opening doors into other energy segments such as solar photovoltaic, gas to power and battery energy,” she says. “By building strong relationships, we have retained clients since the first round of the REIPPPP and are looking forward to how we can contribute to round five.”
Concor has also taken the initiative in the private building sector, which has been among the hardest hit by poor economic conditions exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is pursuing its own property development plans, having initiated the exciting Conradie Park mixed-use project in Cape Town. A collaboration with the Western Cape government, this R3-billion development is creating 3,500 affordable new homes over a well-placed 22-hectare site in the suburbs.
“We are proud to be setting some important trends that can promote inclusive development in South Africa, while building a leading black-owned contracting business,” she says.
Displaying its legacy of innovation, Concor’s recent and current projects signal its intent for the future.
Using alternative building technology to build a 300-bed ICU unit at Jubilee Hospital, Concor was able to complete this entire turnkey project between July and November last year. In another high-profile venture, the company is in joint venture with Mota-Engil to construct Africa’s third-highest bridge over the Msikaba River – part of the N2 highway project in the Eastern Cape.