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From making the tea to being a business owner: Top Empowered Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 – Colin Herold – a story of dedication, hard work and caring

Written by Topco Staff Writer


“Today I am proud to be feeding 80 families”.

Co-founder of A&C Maintenance and Construction, Colin Herold’s role model was his father who worked for Spoornet and who always wanted to start his own business. To help make ends meet in 1975, at the age of 14, Colin went to work at a refrigeration company. Starting as tea-maker and cleaner, he worked his way up and learned how to repair and maintain fridges. In his early twenties, he decided it was time to realise his father’s dream and in 1999 the dream came true.

They started with 5 employees and were given the opportunity by Protea Hotel & Victoria Junction Hotel to open a maintenance department within the Hotel. From there they grew to 7 hotels and today have 80 employees.  A&C Maintenance and Construction never had financial backing, but did receive invaluable support from businesses in their line of work, and as Colin says:

“Today I am proud to be feeding 80 families”.

A & C Maintenance & Construction is a professional construction company with its niche in hospitality renovations and property maintenance. They operate across Africa and have recently completed projects in Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Malawi and Kruger National Park and their goal is to provide service excellence and create lasting relationships with all their clients through ensuring that expectation is met.  Proof that dreams do come true – with hard work, tenacity, perseverance and unwavering dedication to staff, clients and principles of excellence.

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