Kelikile Mteto, “Kile” as she is affectionately known, was born in Soweto and she is a proud mother of two daughters.
In 2006, Kile is the Founder and CEO of Ntando-Thando General Trading which has evolved to a Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a group of companies trading in the Infrastructure, ICT, Marine & Engineering, Manufacturing and Skills Development sectors, respectively.
She has previously and currently serves as Non-Director on various Boards and Councils as listed below where she has successfully led the organizations she has served on. Based on her experience and comprehensive understanding of the plight of Black Business, especially the SMME sector, Kile has been invited and seconded by Ministers and orgnizations to participate in the reviewal of legislation and policies such as the BBBEE Code, Commission for Gender Equality Acts including the Black Industrialist Policy and the Transformation Policy for SANRAL, respectively. In her appointment as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards and Councils, she participates in the formulation of policies in line with Good Corporate Governance.
Kile is an activist for the empowerment of the HDI’s in particular the Women for the past 11 years, lobbying for the participation in the mainstream of the economy of the country across the board. She has gone through the ranks and has served as a Leader in voluntary organizations both at Provincial and National level at SAWIC, an organization that lobbies for Women in the Construction and Build Environment and the BBCBE. She has served as the Inaugural Treasurer General of the BBCBE, a position she was elected into for two terms of office.
Kile was seconded by SAWIC, one of the Founding Member Organization of the BBC, to be an integral part of the team that worked towards the relaunching of the BBC in 2011 and continues to support the activities of the organization, currently serving as the Deputy Chairperson of the Gender Transformation Portfolio Committee. Over the years, Kile has been representing the organization in many platforms including the
IORA Business Forum 2016 in Indonesia, Jakarta, negotiations with BUSA for the original representation at Nedlac, fund raising with DTI and other Stakeholders.
She has been instrumental in the successful lobbying of the Provincial, National Governments and Private sector for business opportunities that enable Women and Youth to participate meaningfully in the delivery of infrastructure projects for the entire value chain of the Build Environment.
Through her initiative and experience in the development of the emerging contractors, the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements was able to successfully deliver a Women Contractor Development Program in partnership with SAWIC Gauteng Primary Co-Operative LTD. The program has successfully enabled the development of skills and experiential learning to 118 Women Owned and Youth Owned Entities who are formed into Co-Operatives. The experiential learning exposes the participants to a live project as Subcontractors therefore contributing towards the growth of their businesses from CIDB Grading 1 to Grade 4 and 5 in the various classes of work as outlined in the CIDB Register of Contractors. The program has produced a Grade 8 GBPE Women Owned Co-Operative.
She is a formidable leader and speaker at conferences where the topic of Black Economic Empowerment is being discussed. She spends her time free of charge serving towards the development of the organizations that represent Black Business mainly the Build Environment Sector.
Previous and Current leadership positions:
National President: South African Women in Construction and Built Environment (SAWIC and BE); Former Gauteng Provincial Chairperson: (SAWIC – Gauteng); Former Treasurer General and Current Deputy President: Black Business Council in Build Environment (BBCBE); Deputy Chairperson: BBC Gender Transformation Portfolio (GTPC); Chairperson: National Department of Human Settlements Women Advisory Council; Deputy Chairperson: Build Environment Professionals Export Council (BEPEC) and the Chairperson: Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) 5 year Review Committee, ManCo: Construction Alliance South Africa (CASA) and Chairman: Lindiwe Sisulu Foundation
Kile holds a National Diploma in Nursing (General, Psychiatric & Community) & Midwifery, Education, Training & Development Practitioner (UJ); Human Resource Management (UNISA), Certificate in Finance for Non Finance Management and Business Management Skills.
Transformation agenda is not an event, it is a journey of a lifetime that begins with the transformation of the self.