Jackie Coetzee

Director at Victoria Letlapa Trading and Projects:

1. Tell us about your business.
To create a service provider of choice for the architectural, construction and insurance industries for all the finishing trade.

2. Can you share a few of the most memorable achievements in your career?

  • Being a service provider for the Insurance Industry and private sector
  • Finishing projects way before hand over.
  • Service Excellence – the heart of our business
  • Doing it right the first time and job satisfaction

3. How do you stay motivated?

  • Understand your purpose behind what you’re doing
  • Plan step by step
  • Have a clear vision
  • Stay positive at all times
  • You must be organized
  • Tackle procrastination head on
  • Choose success

4. How do you keep your team motivated?

  • Focus on team building
  • Give my team regular incentives
  • Show interest in my teams as a person and not just as staff

4. What advice would you give to other women considering the construction industry as a career choice?

  • Don’t be afraid to venture into the unknown
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Nothing is off limits, go for it
  • My advice to any female in the industry would be to be patient, work HARD, strive to learn something new every day, and be a sponge to absorb all the knowledge around you to make yourself better as a person and as a professional in the construction field.

5. What has been the hardest part of your journey and what got you through it?

  • Finding and keeping quality individuals who will work for you was the hardest for me.
  • Finding clients and projects
  • Having finances enough to execute projects but I persevered.
  • I got through it because I did not give up and focused on my goals and had a clear vision of what I wanted to achieve

6. How, if at all, has Covid impacted your course? What advice would you give to other businesswomen in a similar situation?

Business was slow but kept on reminding me that this too shall pass. I always remained positive. The most important thing to do is to have a positive mindset because the battlefield is the mind and if you lose the battle in the mind, you already lost the fight.

7. What would you tell your 21-year-old-self?

  • Believe in yourself and live your purpose.
  • Motivate yourself every day and remember with God all things are possible
  • Know your worth
Jackie Coetzee