Who we are
iQhayiya Design Workshop (PTY) Ltd. (iDW) is a Professional Architectural firm established and led by two HDI youths, Kayalethu Qwalela and Mfundo Maphumulo. Both of the directors are registered as Professional Architects with the SACAP. The name ‘IQHAYIYA’ translates to ‘pride’ in isiXhosa and it embodies our ethos to create built environment spaces and places that the end-users and the communities can find pride in and ownership thereby improving the image of our profession as a whole.
We are a design orientated firm with ambitions to be widely acclaimed nationally and internationally through servicing the need of our country and continent in the large infrastructure deficits that exist throughout communities. We have strategically set our business to focus on servicing the Public Sector market as there is a large scope for our service offering. Some of our work completed work ranges from Low cost human settlements, various Community halls, Driver’s and learners testing centres, an Agro-processing incubation hub, deep rural Police station to a Bus maintenance depot. Some of our large current contracts include the IHLM Municipal offices, Mbizana Civic Centre, several municipal sports & recreational facilities and a township SMME incubation hub with ethekwini’s City Architects department.
IDW was registered by Kayalethu Qwalela in 2006 during post-graduate studies to service a need that he had identified in his rural home town Flagstaff. The town was bursting at the seams with overcrowding of vehicles on the sole street th.at defined the CBD and the municipality heeded a call for submissions from reputable companies and this sparked the creation of the business. Mfundo Maphumulo bought into the vision and joined the practice as both individuals shared a keen sense of entrepreneurialism and philanthropic ambitions. Kaya and Mfundo met in Tshwane University of Technology where they became very close friends over the course of their post-graduate studies and well beyond. Official trading would only start in 2012 when all the statutory requirements boxes for a professional business were ticked. In 2017 we successfully completed our largest contract to date for completed works for the Department of Social Development: Eastern Cape.
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