Queen of the security industry

Founder and Managing Director of SECURICO

Country: Zimbabwe

Sector: Security Services

Divine Ndhlukula founded SECURICO Security Services from humble beginnings in Zimbabwe in 1998. Divine identified a need in the market for a quality oriented security company and she has driven SECURICO to become the market leader in Zimbabwe. She has tackled a previously male-dominated industry head on and her business success story is nothing short of remarkable - marking her as one of Africa's most tenacious and inspiring women entrepreneurs.

SECURICO today provides its clients with a complete security solution - uniformed armed officers, armoured vehicles for transportation of valuables, onsite banking, trained guard dogs, and electronic security systems. The company also does private investigations, employee vetting, and security consulting.

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Divine's Startup Story 

From a young age, Divine had always told herself and everyone around her that she would be an entrepreneur and run her own large business in the future. This was driven by her recognition of the need to create a decent and secure livelihood for her family. Her quest to start and run her own business stayed with her throughout her formative years when she was studying and working to build her career.  She set out to learn all the critical elements needed to run a successful business, undertaking various development programmes along the way, enrolling on an Entrepreneurial Development Programme in 1995. At the same time, she started researching and tracking various entrepreneurial opportunities in the local marketplace, eventually in 1998 seeing a potential business opportunity in the security services sector. Divine had identified what she saw as glaring service delivery and professionalism gaps in the private security sector, inspiring her to create and build a new type of security company with a difference. She was also motivated by a desire to empower previously disadvantaged women in Zimbabwe who were not able to access opportunities for formal employment, recognizing that the security sector had the potential to be a large-scale employer.

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Divine was named one of the most successful women in Africa by Forbes and recently deemed the 'Queen of the security industry in Zimbabwe' by BBC World. 

“I have never really been a half-measure kind of person and this period of my life was characterised by me trying to take on everything — all at once — even when this meant swimming against the stream”

Divine is a true champion of women’s empowerment in Zimbabwe and is currently the largest employer of women in the country outside the government sector, with 900 women employees on her payroll.


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Awards & Accolades

Divine's awards and honours include:

  • 2014 - Divine wins Exceptional Entrepreneur Award at the EY 2014 Southern Africa Chapter of the World Entrepreneur Awards
  • 2014 - Divine receives second place award in UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Awards
  • 2014 - Divine is inducted into the World Hall of Fame by the Women’s Heritage Society
  • 2013 - Divine wins African Achievers Awards African Woman of the Year 
  • 2013 - Divine is a finalist in the EY Global Entrepreneurs Awards 2014 - Exceptional category
  • 2013 - Divine is named one of the 10 Most Influential Entrepreneurs Post Independence Zimbabwe 
  • 2013 - Divine is awarded Woman Investor of the Year by Zimbabwe Investment Authority
  • 2013 - Divine is overall Winner (Services) Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2013 by Celebrating Excellence Communications
  • 2012 - Divine is included on Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa List 
  • 2011 - Divine wins Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship Grand Prize
  • 2010 - Divine Zimbabwe wins Women Film-makers/UNIFEM Business Award
  • 2008 - Divine is nominated Director of the Year by Institute of Directors, Zimbabwe
  • 2006 - wins Celebrate a Sister Business Award
  • 2005 - Divine is selected Manager of the Year by Institute of Management, Zimbabwe
  • 2002 - Divine is selected Entrepreneur of the Decade by Empretec, Zimbabwe
  • 2001 - Divine is selected Entrepreneur of the Year by Empretec, Zimbabwe