A significant step on its path was a contract it was awarded in July 1994. Until then, it had been a small contractor doing much work for farmers in the area, and became well-known in the Ceres and Worcester districts. The company put in a tender for the upgrade of Strand's Lovers Lane (now called Dune Park) in Beach Road. The contract value was R1,7-million.
Although their tender had been the lowest by a margin of R7 000, Alex recalls how Fritz Scheffler, whom he knew personally, had insisted that the newcomers be given a chance after consultants suggested the project be handed to another contractor that was more expensive, but more well-known.
“The project was a big success,” says Alex, pointing out that the surface work was minor to what they had to install below ground.
The project accelerated growth in the company. Today CSV Construction is one of the top five civil engineering firms in the Western Cape.
Behind the scenes, the company's administration department has provided the crucial support required to keep up the pace.
A far cry from the early days, it now has a plant fleet of 80 that includes digger loaders, excavators, articulated dump trucks, tipper trucks, rollers and graders; and, a fleet of some 70 light vehicles, all maintained in a partnership between its own experienced team of mechanics and partner service providers.