About Us

Company Registration: 2011/027958/23

Okuhlekodwa Trading And Projects 297 is a 100% Black owned community based enterprise. It was established in 2011 by Oupa Bapela. The company contributes to the development of areas around its place of operations through social upliftment and environmental awareness programmes.

We offer selected services in the field of environmental control and maintenance. Since our establishment, Okuhlekodwa Trading And Projects 297 has grown to become a leader in the fields in which we operate. We are based in Mamelodi but have undertaken work across the width and breadth of the Tshwane region. We stay true to our core values and aim to do our work with professionalism and integrity.  By upholding our values we contribute to the management of our natural environment on which we all depend. We work closely with a range of other consultancy companies and aim to grow and develop long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with our clients and partners.

We have enough capacity to execute any project with precision while complying with all the relevant regulations. Our dedicated team is adequately skilled and receives in-service training from time to time to ensure sustained excellence and satisfaction. Over the short period of our operation we have already built a trustworthy brand with high recall value to our clients.

The name “Okuhlekodwa” is attribute to our intend to make all beautify, starting with our environment. 

Our team:

The company currently employs 11 full time and 10 temporary employees during projects. We have a team of young, dynamic and dedicated people who form an integral part of the company’s success. Our staff is comprised of 60% women, 40% youth and we always strive for 2% disabled persons. We recruit our staff from indigent families.

Contact Person:

Mr Oupa Bapela


Cell: 073 572 0095/076 352 8079

Fax: 0 867 637 671


Postal address:

10110 Mamelodi East



Business Support

The company is the beneficiary in the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller’s SMME Support. We received the most essential equipment and material through the Community Fund and Business Development Support Programmes. We are already utilizing them to our advantage by undertaking multiple projects and employing more people. We also acquired critical business management skills in Basic Sales and Marketing and bookkeeping and Accounting. The skills are going to help us to deliver an excellent service to our clients and further grow our company. We are proud to be supported by GEP.

Okuhlekodwa Trading And Projects 297 in the field:


“Environmental care is the most profitable investment”


We envision a world free of water pollution in all it’s forms


Work the land to make it greener

Our Core Values:

  • Equitable
  • Merit
  • Service
  • Self Motivation

Our core services:

  • Destruction and control of invasive Alien Plants and Species.
  • Gardening and related services
  • Tree Felling

Our projects:


  • Tenders for the Working for Water Programme – (Department of Environmental Affairs).


  • We completed a number of garden development projects in the community and doing ongoing maintenance.

The Environmental challenge we all face:

The business addressed the urgent challenge to manage alien plans and related water consumption and blocking of rivers.

  • Invasive alien species are plants, animals and microbes that are introduced into countries, and then out-compete the indigenous species.
  • Invasive alien plants (IAPs) pose a direct threat not only to South Africa’s biological diversity, but also to water security, the ecological functioning of natural systems and the productive use of land. They intensify the impact of fires and floods and increase soil erosion. IAPs can divert enormous amounts of water from more productive uses and invasive aquatic plants, such as the water hyacinth, effect agriculture, fisheries, transport, recreation and water supply.
  • Of the estimated 9000 plants introduced to this country, 198 are currently classified as being invasive. It is estimated that these plants cover about 10% of the country and the problem is growing at an exponential rate.
  • The fight against invasive alien plants is spearheaded by the Working for Water (WfW) programme, launched in 1995 and administered through the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. This programme works in partnership with local communities, to whom it provides jobs, and also with Government departments including the Departments of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Agriculture, and Trade and Industry, provincial departments of agriculture, conservation and environment, research foundations and private companies.


  • Working for Water (Tshwane)

Project Manager: Mr. R Moyo

Contact: 012 392 1400


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