In August 1982, Joaquim and José Da Silva Tavares Snr began J. Tavares & Sons Construction. Their unified vision was to establish a business founded on integrity with personalised and efficient service tailored to meet client’s individual and corporate needs. Evidence of this philosophy, the company is now run by third generation Tavares sons, a testament to the original vision.

Umvuzu Projects CC started in 1999 as an employment company to satisfy our transformation process and has been actively busy in the Construction Business, Plant Hire and Mining Industry. Umvuzu Projects became a market leader, offering competitive and integrated service offering to suit contracts of all sizes and types.

It became beneficial to the future of the business to fulfil our transformation goals and adhere to economic empowerment legislation. And so, Umvuzu Civils (Pty) Ltd was born, the product of a merger between Umvuzu Projects CC and J Tavares & Sons Construction.

Umvuzu Civils is a proud employment equity company with a Level 2 B-BBEE status and is 51% black woman-owned.

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Our values

Client satisfaction is a constant measure of success for our team. While there is no doubt that this satisfaction is due to our commitment to our clients, it is also directly related to the values we believe in.

Our vision

To provide innovative and practical support to the Building and Mining Industry through productivity, efficiency and highest quality of work whilst making safety an absolute priority.



We value developing long-term relationships with our clients based on integrity & honesty.
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Strong work ethics

We value each employee and acknowledge their individual contribution to our success.


We value and continuously strive towards both social and economic growth.

We have accumulated a talented pool of employees who have both experience and technical know-how. Sharing the same vision as the company, they strive for efficiency and highest quality of work.

Safety & Health Policy

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, property, contractors, clients and the public from accidental injury or damage. Ensuring a healthy and safe working environment is the most important part of our daily work, thanks to the dedication and daily efforts of a conscientious, professional workforce.

Umvuzu Civils adopts our health, safety and welfare policy as a fundamental business objective.

We recognise that successful management of health and safety issues are best achieved through co-operation in the work place and in particular through active participation and input of the people doing the work.

Umvuzu Civils (Pty) Ltd Injury and Illness Prevention Program focuses on these major areas:

  • Health & Safety Organisation
  • Health & Safety Policies
  • Health & Safety Plans
  • Employee Safety Training Programs
  • Health & Safety Audits
  • Subcontractor Health & Safety
  • Safety Awareness Programs