Pratiksha Kasmani is a Director of T&R Design with 18 years experience in the woodworking and manufacturing business. She is driven, self-motivated and resourceful, with a proven ability to manage teams in order to maximize efficiency. On a day to day basis she works on the logistics of projects ensuring materials, etc. are always organized in a timely manner and the workshop runs to its full potential.
Sthembile Vilane has an extensive background in office administration and human resources. Part of her role includes, but is not limited to ordering of materials, supplier follow-ups, payroll and general queries. She is goal driven and ensures that each project’s requirements is attended to, to ensure timeous delivery and efficient service. She is dedicated to the staff and their needs to promote a productive workforce.
Left the UK in 1996, moved to Lilongwe, Malawi where I set up a small carpentry business from the veranda at the house.
1996 Oct – 1997 Oct – Registered Timberland. Working with 3 carpenters from the house manufacturing doors for the local hardware stores
1997 Nov – 1999 Nov – Expanded and moved into a rented property, purchased 2nd hand machinery from SA and started cutting, Planning, moulding services for the public. Buying & selling Pine to the local contractors too.
2000 Jan – 2006 Oct – Timberland expanded and started introducing laminate flooring, ironmongery, accessories, worktops, kitchen units, BIC’s into the Malawian marketplace.
2007 – Current Purchased Debro Construction from John Leslie. Existing Clients included American Embassy, UK High Commission, Dimon, Limbe Leaf, Stancom Tobacco, Finish Embassy, German Embassy. Al these Clients are still supporting Debro Construction under my Management. In 2007 (10 years with John Leslie) turnover was $430,000.00 per annum.
In 2015 (8 years with Riaz & Tiksha) turnover is currently at $16,000,000.00 per annum.
2007 – 2015 New Clients include South African High Commission, Bridge Shipping, Airtel, Latitude Group, Ocean Industries, D H Gelu, State Gov USA, Private Clients for residential builds.
2015 – 2016 Debro Construction has secured work with Latitude Group UK for the next 5 years, building their boutique hotels around Africa.
2016 – Current Full time at T&R Design, new Client’s include Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Sacoor Brothers, Motherland Coffee, The Rock Diner, Weylandts with successful completion of shop fitting for all these Clients in 2017.
Self-taught through the years, from 1996 – 2017
1989 GCSE passes in English (B), Maths (B), Biology (C), Physics (C), Chemistry (B), French (C), IT (C), 1993 Small Business start-up (Cambridge RSA Pitmans Diploma) 1993 Business Law (Cambridge RSA Pitmans Diploma) 1993 Small Business Procurement (Cambridge RSA Pitmans Diploma)