Eva Matjekana

Managing Director, MoPuMo Holdings

1. Tell us about your business or role.
I am Managing Director at MoPuMo holdings

2. Can you share a few of the most memorable achievements in your career?
We only started operations in January 2020, but unfortunately due to Covid everything came to a standstill in March. In September 2020 we had our first breakthrough project which gained us confidence.

3. How do you stay motivated? How do you keep your team motivated?
In business you have to know there are highs and lows and when you hit those lows you always remember that they’re not there to last forever but you pickup yourself up and look forward to a new dawn by working hard in getting those projects.

4. What advice would you give to other women considering the construction industry as a career choice?
It is a very interesting industry to be in, still very much male dominated but lots of opportunities for women.

5. What has been the hardest part of your journey and what got you through it?
Being a starter business like many other companies is one of the hardest things to get through as it’s hard for anyone to trust you. You constantly have to prove yourself. The only way to get through is to constantly push against all odds till you get that breakthrough. Stay determined, loyal and positive no matter the circumstances.

6. How, if at all, has Covid impacted your course? What advice would you give to other business women in a similar situation?
Covid has really impacted our business very negatively, the fact that we don’t have face to face interactions makes it hard for anyone to trust and build relationships. The fact that businesses have cut down on their spending making it hard to create opportunities for so many of us.

7. What would you tell your 21-year-old-self?
Use this time while you’re still young to your advantage, learn a lot and make use of every opportunity that comes. You’re allowed to make mistakes and grow from there for time does really run out. Grow your brand from an early age while you grow from strength to strength you will see the results of your early startup. It’s okay to start small, it’s okay to fail but get up, dust yourself off and start again. Be loyal, honest and communications is always the best key. Enjoy the highs and make the best of the lows.

Eva Matjekana