Divine Ndhlukula is a Zimbabwean businesswoman and farmer who was born on February 5, 1960 in Gutu, Zimbabwe. She has gained wide recognition for her entrepreneurial skills, having built an over 4,000 strong employee base from the humble beginning of her garage. She has an MBA in Business Administration from Midlands State University and another MBA in Business Administration also, from Women’s University in Africa, in recognition of her effort in business leadership and efforts on gender equality.

She started SECURICO, a security company, in Dec 1998 right in the cottage of her small home in Harare with 4 employees, after she realized that there is a gap in the market for a service and quality oriented security services provider. SECURICO is the Zimbabwean manned security company to be certified to the internationally acclaimed ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System. SECURICO is also the largest employer of women in Zimbabwe – currently 900 outside government. It is one of Zimbabwe’s largest security companies. The Harare-based outfit is a market leader in the provision of bespoke guarding services and cutting-edge electronic security solutions.

She is also the Managing Director of DDNS Security Operations (Pvt) Ltd. This is the holding company for SECURICO SECURITY SERVICES; Canine Dog Services and MULTI-LINK P/L, an electronic security systems company.

In an interview with a Zimbabwean newspaper she said,

I thought there was a gap in the industry. Companies that were there were not living up to the needs of the clients. The industry was renowned for wild cat strikes and guards generally were perceived as the lowly-paid in any sector. I wanted to change the perceptions and create a niche in which people could carve out a career and I knew I needed to go in with a different approach and that approach was going to make the difference , the people had to be key or central feature of the vision.

Some of her awards and recognitions includes, Empretec Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 and Empretec Entrepreneur of Decade (Services Sector) 2002, Manager of the year 2005 for Zim Institute of Management, Celebrate a Sister Business award 2006, Institute of Directors Zimbabwe Director of the Year (SMEs) 2008, Institute of Directors Overral Director of Year(Run Up) 2009, Zimbabwe Women Filmmakers/UNifem Business Award 2010, National Quality Awards Company of the Year 2011, Zimbabwe’s 7th Best Employers 2010 and 7th Best Employer again for 2011, Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship 2011 Grand Prize run by Legatum and Omidyar, among others.

Women of Rubies 13 March 2013

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