A Day in the Life of Private Projects

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Firstly, Coffee, always, no question about it. You’re going to need it.

We source Projects from the Conceptual Feasibility Stages right through the Project Life Cycle until Practical Completion also included are possible cancellations or postponements. 

I have a system that starts with my diary (an extensively decorated one), a stats sheet and a writing pad. I plan the day before, yes, I’m “that” person. At the end of each day, I try to take 5 minutes to jot down the following day’s work plan in order of priority. 

Each day is different; with many phone calls, emails and general queries. Queries can come through at any time, and I welcome the challenge to source what our clients need. At L2B, our goal is to provide the best customer service and always go the extra mile.

I spend most of my day on the phone so my headset comes in handy allowing me to type while on the phone.

I check my list of daily sources for new projects and updates on existing projects. When adding new projects to our site, I always ask for the full professional team and any information possible that will assist our subscribers with the most up to date and accurate and relevant information.

My duties involve sourcing new upcoming developments specific to Gauteng. I sift through a pile of sourced documents to locate viable projects; some include Background Information Documents, motivational memorandums and other assessments for the proposed development. Not only do we source and add documents, but we also add artist impressions and site progress images to each PPA. I engage with EIA consultants, Town Planners and various other Consultants to ensure I get Leads from the earliest possible stages. I have built relationships with clients, professionals and contractors over the years and call them for updates and information regularly.

We also have projects that we add from Tender Notices that we publish on our website. 

We have added services where we endeavour to obtain site registers, bidders lists, bill of quantities and the list of subcontractors involved in each project. Whether it is a public or private project.

We have spreadsheets for everything which I love. It’s a very well organised system. Each spreadsheet is readily accessible by each staff member and needs to be updated constantly throughout the day. Timesheets, Queries sheet, Whatsapp Sheet, Sources, Subcontractors Pulse etc. In addition, we also have monthly, quarterly and annual targets.

We have an amazing CRM system whereby we can maintain relationships with our subscribers. We do courtesy calls and check up on our subscribers, offer assistance and training.

We’re online daily during working hours via our Live-Help chat and ready to assist anyone who comes through on the chat.  Whatsapp queries. We have Whatsapp leads also that come through constantly throughout the day. 

All of the above happens at my desk which contains all the goodies that I need such as stationery, a cellphone stand, water, a coffee cup etc. Most of it is painted blue – my favourite colour.

Lastly, all staff members are given the opportunity to write a blog during the year, which led to the creation of this blog.

Should you wish to view my recently added projects – please do so by visiting Leads 2 Business or Contact Me with any project related queries.

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About Michelle Crosby

I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in the Directory Department in 2012. I was then promoted to the Private Projects Department in 2014 and was recently promoted to Projects HOD this year.

Did you Know #DYK: Interesting facts about research in South Africa

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Interesting facts about research in South Africa: Leads 2 Business

Interesting facts about research in South Africa

What is the most played song in history? Mmmh …. maybe that’s too easy after the recent Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” barrage. Ok, let’s make it a bit more difficult: how many Olympic medals did Husain Bolt win in his illustrious career?
Not so easy now, is it?

Hang on, before you grab your mobile phone to Google the answer… What if I took you back in time to 1980 and asked you similar questions? Seems like an impossible task now doesn’t it?

Encyclopedia! I hear someone shout out loud. Yes, you might get lucky, if you had the most recent volume, but ultimately you can only cram so much into them! Another option might be going to your local library to look through hordes of newspaper archives … I can already see the look of disbelief on the faces of the millennials.

The reality is that nowadays we have ALL the answers a mere click (or a finger scroll) away using a myriad of search engines available to anyone with a device connected to the internet. The downside of this is that we are now flooded with information, we have to sift through masses of data to distinguish true facts from fake. Material is mostly sourced from journalists, the man on the street (often using their mobile devices) and research companies.

Research institutes use scientific methods to make sure that the study is done in a controlled way to ensure the results are as unbiased as possible.

This allows other researchers an opportunity to evaluate the process and ideally uncover facts that can be used to help people or the world in some way.

We have a thriving community of people in South Africa who afford us factual information, including Leads 2 Business who comprehensively research and provide our subscribers with tender notices, awards and privately funded projects.


For your interest, I have listed the 31 research institutes in South Africa below:
African Centre for Gene Technologies
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Astronomical Society of Southern Africa
Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research
Centre for Conflict Resolution
Centre in Water and Research Development (CiWaRD)
Computer Society of Southern Africa
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Economic History Society of Southern Africa
Economic Society of South Africa
Economics Research South Africa
Engineering Council of South Africa
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute
Geological Society of South Africa
Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)
Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit
Institute for Futures Research
Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
Investment Analysts Society of Southern Africa
KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV (K-RITH)
Mokopane Biodiversity Conservation Centre
National Health Laboratory Service
National Research Foundation of South Africa
South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative
South African Council for the Architectural Profession
South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
South African Institute of Chartered Accountants
South African Institute of Town and Regional Planners
South African Marine Predator Lab
South African National Bioinformatics Institute
Technology Innovation Agency

Next time you click on that Google button realise how much has gone into making it all possible for you!





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About Brandon Le Roux

I joined Leads 2 Business in February 2005 as an Account Executive. I was promoted to Sales Manager in February 2007, and to Sales Director in November 2012. I manage the Sales, Telesales & Retention teams nationwide. I’m passionate about our company & staff, as well as the great opportunities we bring to our subscribers.