Kevin Munsamy won the sustainability award in the national competition, acknowledging the work of his small Cornubia-based environmental monitoring consultancy, KCM Environmental Services, that helps companies comply with South African environmental regulations.
The 36-year-old obtained a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town and went on to work for the firm SGS Environmental before being head-hunted by Apex Environmental where he worked for two years as an environmental manger before facing retrenchment. Unable to find a job, Munsamy decided to open his own business in 2015.
He saw a niche in the market for an independent auditing consultancy that would help companies contribute to establishing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 and deal with regulations regarding the imminent carbon tax.
“It was really a struggle at first because we didn’t have capital and with no business experience and no capital we were almost destined to fail if it wasn’t for perseverance,” Munsamy said.