Redcliff based first class refractories and metallurgical products entrepreneur Lamulani Sithole was crowned 2020 Businessman of the year by his excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the SME Recognition Awards and Graduation ceremony.
President Mnangagwa said the Second Republic recognises the critical role played by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in job creation, empowerment, wealth generation and the economy as a whole.
“There is need for MSMEs to have a clear, achievable benchmarks laid out in tandem with the National Vision 2030. My presence at this year’s event is testimony of my government’s recognition of the role played by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in job creation, empowerment, wealth generation and the economy as a whole,” said the President.
Businessman of the year, Metallurgist Sithole who runs Lamcast Refractories said he felt honored and humbled to be recognised as the best as it will motivate him and his team to increase their efforts to be the best in the country.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank God, my wife whom I work with and rest of the Lamcast team for the support since the formation of the company in 2001. My company is a family business which started in 2001 and employs more than 50 people including casual or contractors,” said Metallurgist Sithole.
He grew up in Bulawayo, where he attended Mzingwane secondary school and later went to the United Kingdom to study Engineering HND in metallurgical studies at Sheffield poly.
On his return in 1984, Metallurgist Sithole worked for Zisco Steel for 12 years rising to the level of plant manager responsible for refractories.
He is married to Jaqculine Sithole and they have 4 kids, 3 girls and 1 boy.
“Lamcast Refractories is unique because we are quality conscious and we have a dedicated work force who value customers feedback as our products are specialized which can’t afford mistakes,” said Metallurgist Sithole.