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Partner with visionaries - a company with a view on tomorrow​

Our Journey

Established in 1979, Tri-Star Construction is a private, management-owned business that has evolved into a successful, sustainable, multi-disciplined, and reputable construction company.

  • 1979

    Tri-Star was founded.

  • 1997

    Derek Wheals and Billy McNeil acquired the business and immediately expanded into construction.

  • 1998

    Tri-Star Housing was established to service multi-unit housing.

  • 2006

    Due to strong growth in construction, a plant and equipment operation was established.

  • 2009

    With health and safety becoming critical, Tri-Star established it’s own Health & Safety department.

    In addition, Tri-Star expanded its geographical footprint and established itself in Cape Town.

  • 2012

    Tri-Star Construction sold 26% of its shares to Ba-Akhi Investments (wholly black-owned entrepreneurs).

  • 2017

    Out of its subsidiaries, Tri-Star Painting and Renovations was sold to a home-grown director of the business in a BBBEE transformation deal.

  • 2018

    Tri-Star Construction develops a new corporate head office in Centurion and established an EXCO board to lead the business.

  • 2020

    Ba-Akhi Investments increased their shareholding to 51% making Tri-Star a 51% black-owned enterprise and Tri-Star Construction achieved a BBBEE level 1 status.

  • 2023

    Tri-Star moves into Africa establishing Tri-Star DR Congo, constructing support infrastructure for one of the fastest growing Copper mines in the world.

Our Values

Our Vision

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." – William Shakespeare

Our Services

Tri-Star Construction has a very experienced and highly skilled management team and workforce that adopts a collaborative and hands-on approach to our relationships, delivering safe, high-quality products and services that respond to clients and industry.

Our extensive experience in the construction industry has enabled us to offer:
Traditional Building Contracts
Full Turnkey (Design and Build) Solutions
Development Management and Property Development
Client Partnerships, Public Private Partnerships (PPP), etc.

We have the experience and ability to construct Multi-Unit Housing projects, High Rise Residential, Commercial, Industrial, and Retail as well as Specialised projects.
"The Road to Success is always under construction." – Lily Tomlin


Tri-Star Construction is driven by a dynamic team of directors who are highly experienced in the field of construction and share the passion and vision of their shareholders.

Albertinah Kekana

Non-Executive Chairperson

Albertinah carries a wealth of finance and leadership experience to the team. Her knowledge and wisdom that she imparts is invaluable to the Tri-Star Board

Malose Kekana

Non-Executive Director

Malose has been part of the Board of Directors for several years and is able to offer us guidance and expertise from his many years of corporate and financial experience

Derek Wheals


Co-founder and CEO of Tri-Star, Derek has enjoyed 21 successful years as the driving force in this business. He is respected for his unwavering commitment and passion that is channeled into Tri-Star.

“We seek to inspire and uplift our people.” - Derek Wheals, CEO

Our Staff

Our people are our business – they are our most valuable asset. Management is always available to its staff and there is open and transparent communication channels that allow for queries and issues to be addressed and resolved at any time.

Paramount to our strategy is continued investment in the training and advancement of our greatest asset, our people. This embraces procedures for regularly reviewing all aspects of our business and the motivation of our people.

We recognise the value of our human capital and create value for our employees through:
A merit-based rewards system of competitive remuneration.
Recognition and career advancement through training, education, and mentorship to encourage a collaborative range of skills and solutions.

“Our people are our business.” – Derek Wheals, CEO

Health & Safety

Tri-Star Construction has its own well-established Health and Safety division. Constant attention and diligence to our health and safety protocols has seen us achieve very high standards and win numerous awards. 

Our Health and Safety division played an instrumental role during the Covid-19 pandemic in assisting the MBA in developing strict protocols and an industry standard.

Plant Yard Key

A: Surplus Site Material
B: Containers & Parkhome Storage
C: Scaffolding Delivery Bay
D: Carports
E: Plant Bay
F: Plant Yard Office
G: Workshop Area
H: Scaffolding Spray Bay
I: Scaffolding Washbay, Clean & Repair Bay
J: Scaffolding Collection Bay
K: Tender Equipment
L: CETA Accredited Training Facility
M: Accommodation / Office Area

Plant & Equipment

In 2006 Tri-Star Plant and Equipment was established as a subsidiary of Tri-Star Construction. This was largely due to Tri-Star Construction’s expanding business and rapid growth.

Its primary function is to provide a service to Tri-Star Construction whereby it supplies and maintains construction plant, equipment, and machinery to the highest standards. It also has its own premises and a dedicated management team.

"Whatever good things we build end up building us." – Jim Rohn

Current Key Statistics

527 +
Completed projects
50000 +
Homes built
402 +
Commercial, Industrial, and Retail buildings built
5.2 +
Million m3 concrete poured
892 +
Million bricks laid
Years in business
5.1 +
Million m2 total area built
33.7 +
Million man hours created
"We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us." – Winston Churchill

Social Responsibility

Transformation & BBBEE

Transformation is a SA Government initiative driven by the Department of Trade and Industry. It aims to facilitate the involvement and participation of all historically disadvantaged individuals, broadening the country’s economic base and stimulating economic growth within the country.

We are proud to participate in this deliberate initiative focusing on transforming and bringing about substantial change in the racial and gender composition of ownership, control and management within our company. As a result of this active and aggressive drive towards true transformation, we have been accredited with a B-BBEE level 1 status.

This is further underpinned by ownership transforming to 51% black compromising (25,5% black women, 25,5% black male).

Investment in Communities

We are committed to uplifting the quality of life in the communities where we work.
Typically, we establish at the outset of each project, the needs of “impoverished” communities.

Firstly, a community upliftment project is selected in conjunction with the community. Our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Fund is utilized to implement the project for the benefit of the community. 

Secondly, employment opportunities through the establishment of Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) for participation in the construction of the project are assembled. We provide them with all the tools and opportunities to establish their business (SMME) by providing mentorship and assistance in business skills, financial management, quality & production control, etc.

Finally, we establish youth employment avenues for willing candidates. They get enrolled in our Tri-Star Training Academy for various learning paths i.e. apprenticeship programs in Construction to upskill and provide them with the knowledge and expertise to be employed in the Construction Industry (Tri-Star Construction partner).

Training & Skills Development

Our people are the most important assets we have.

Our inhouse bursary scheme continues to assist employees to acquire higher qualifications which improves efficiencies and quality product service.

We also run mentorship programs which aims at ensuring deliberate transfer of critical skills to Jnr professionals within the organisation and our delivery partners.

We boasts a Training Academy which has opened its doors for the 1st time in 2020 by welcoming 21 learners on an apprenticeship program funded by Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) for the next 3 years. We recently welcomed 15 new Electrical and 15 plumbing apprentices through CETA funded programme. It is important to mention that a significant number of these apprentices consist of young women aspiring to become artisans.

These learners are sourced /recruited from previously disadvantaged communities such as Diepsloot, Clayville, Ivory Park, Soweto, Roodepoort and Fleurhof where Tri-Star Construction implements projects.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." – Nelson Mandela

Featured Projects

"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way." – Mary Anne Radmacher


"When you believe in your dream and your vision, then it begins to attract its own resources. No one was born a failure." – Dr Myles Munroe


BIG NEWS for Tri-Star Construction Cape Town!

BIG NEWS for Tri-Star Construction Cape Town!

Tri-Star Construction Cape Town is excited to announce the start of our latest project, “9 Hopkins Salt

Tri-Star Construction Completes Chilli Lane Refurbishment

Tri-Star Construction Completes Chilli Lane Refurbishment

Chilli Lane Shopping Centre, located in Sunninghill, recently underwent a remarkable transformation, thanks to the diligent efforts

Building Structures and Opportunities, Transforming Lives

Building Structures and Opportunities, Transforming Lives

Tri-Star's commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve is unwavering.

“Use the best possible materials, and reveal the quality of those materials and the craftsmanship of their assembly.” – Karl Friedrich Schinkel
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DR Congo