Dynamite comes in Small Packages
Any eight-year-old would not have much to tell about their life’s journey, let alone be able to relate any success stories. Yet, Golden Pond Resourcing (GPR) not only has stories to tell, but is also a company that has matured and come full circle under the leadership and guidance of its two hands-on, dynamic female directors.
Rebecca Dube and Audrey Mutambiranwa are the visionary leaders propelling the company into the future. “We have established ourselves as a desired recruitment and selection partner with a certain complement of clients,” says Rebecca. She adds that GPR goes beyond the provision of candidates for clients by ensuring effective engagement that results in personnel being appointed to local, regional and international operations.
Audrey emphasises that GPR’s success is not restricted to recruitment and selection. “Through our industrial supplies business, we leverage on our developed international network so as to supply our clients in the mining and construction industries with personal, protective industrial clothing and various other goods,” she reveals. Since GPR diversified and became a bulk industrial supplier in 2009, it has gone from strength to strength. That it diversified when the global economic climate was unfavourable is no coincidence. “The worsening economic climate necessitated a re-look of our business, for, like other companies, we were experiencing low volumes of business on the human resources side,” says Audrey. Re-examining the business strategy worked out well. Today, after diversifying into bulk industrial supplies, GPR is recognised and respected as a value-adding bulk supplier to the construction and mining sectors.
Resourcing on All Fronts
In effect, GPR is resourcing South Africa across all fronts. Team GPR is proving that it is not the numbers that count, but the vision, will and zeal to make it against all odds. As a result, the company staffed an organisation that manages a Pan-African infrastructure development fund and is providing personnel for the first continental spot and derivatives exchange, which is a central clearing house and depository platform allowing trade in commodities and other assets on the African continent. Elaborating on their successes, Rebecca mentions that GPR has trodden where few companies, let alone organisations such as theirs, have gone before. “We assisted with recruitment for a graduate programme where South African graduates enrolled in skills development programmes in the United States of America were used to resource power-generation projects in Nigeria, Japan and further afield,” she states.
For a small team, GPR is outperforming itself and is exceeding its own expectations. “Staffing a multinational company, which is the largest distributor of health-care products and services to office-based practitioners, has been one of our major successes,” Rebecca and Audrey say. They elaborate that the client has a significant presence in more than 200 countries worldwide! GPR has evolved dramatically since it came into being eight years ago. With two women at the helm who show that challenges are, in reality, opportunities, GPR is proof that strength is not in numbers but in the ability to be agile, to think on one’s feet, to respond to clients’ needs in record time, to capitalise on one’s current market presence, and to leverage on established relationships in order to enhance value for clients.
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by Andrew Ngozo