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About Us

The anatomy of an award-winning company

Dlabane Construction (Pty) Ltd t/a Africa Civil & Building Construction understands the critical importance of developing infrastructure for growth across Zululand and was established in 1998 and is 30% owned by PDI's. The company is based in Richards Bay.

The nature of the work undertaken by Africa Civil ranges from large industrial scale civil, concrete and building works to small scale renovations and alterations. 

The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community. 

Africa Civil offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization and is a well-respected and acknowledged construction company in and around the Zululand area, with recommendations coming from all fields of the industry.
Africa Civil have access to various resources to execute complex construction projects in challenging locations and can self-perform construction or act as the construction manager on large or small projects.

Africa Civils’ self-perform construction approach enables us to control the critical path schedule and provide cost and performance benefits to its Clients.

As construction manager, we carefully select the sub-contractors based on their history of safety performance, execution excellence and financial position.

The company’s success is largely due to its policy of keeping staff turn-over to a minimum and in so doing, we have established a very stable, highly skilled workforce. An experienced management team complement our workforce, to ensure that all projects are executed smoothly and successfully.

Africa Civil is committed to nurture its staff to care and protect our environment. We incorporate environmental protection in our strategic decisions and conduct our business in a manner that balances the environmental and economic needs of the communities in which we operate.

Our vision is to be the highest value provider of construction services and technical expertise. We strive for the highest standards of safety and health, consistent with international best practices. We strongly believe that every accident is avoidable. We aim to achieve zero incidents for all our projects and zero health impact to our workforce.  


Our company received a ‘First Place’ award at the 2015 KZN Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards for Industrial/Civil work, in the category above R40 Million. 

Mahatma Gandhi Said:
“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.”


Africa Civil is committed to contributing to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.
Dlabane Construction (Pty) Ltd: Level 2 Contributor

CIDB Grading
 Dlabane Construction (Pty) Ltd: Level 7 CE & 7 GB


Driven by Over eighty years of combined experience

  Driven by Over
Eighty Years of
Combined Experience

Mr R L Gardini


has 40 years’ experience in the building and civil engineering industry. He has acquired vast knowledge in international construction methodology, especially with regards to quality control, the environment and safety. Mr. Gardini has a 70% shareholding.

Mr M Mdletshe


has over 42 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry. Scribante Construction (Pty) Ltd employed him in 1970 as a labourer and during his time at that company, he graduated to layer works foreman and has excellent knowledge of construction plant and road works. Mr. Mdletshe has a 30% shareholding.