Stokvel members learn business skills
BSSA was requested by BKS Marketing & Associates to offer business skills training to members of its Ariel Stokvel Academy. A total of 258 stokvel members were trained in Soweto (two groups), Durban (four groups) and the East Rand (two groups) from February to May 2017.
Spaza shop owners assisted
Earlier in 2017, BSSA trained a group of 30 Gauteng spaza shop owners in basic business skills, on contract for Beehive Capital, an organisation which designs and evaluates enterprise and supplier development programmes.
The training forms part of the Mondelez Spaza Shop Development Programme, intended to develop knowledge and skills among participants to enable them to access opportunities and grow their businesses.
BSSA trained the shop owners on business management, competitive bulk buying and how to price stock, marketing, how to manage cash flow, and customer service. Training of a second group also started.
Women in Water
Funama Productions runs a mentorship programme for the Women in Water project of the Department of Water and Sanitation. Funama in turn contracted BSSA to train a group of these women in basic business skills.
The learners were women with existing businesses, as well as some who have only registered a business. They were offered training based on a selection of topics from BSSA's Business Orientation module, as well as its Core programme, which is aligned to the unit standards of the New Venture Creation qualification (NQF4).
Belgotex SMME training
As part of Belgotex's enterprise and supplier development programme, BSSA offered business skills training to the small business owners who are mentees of the programme. The training took place over four sessions at the Belgotex offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
During the first session, BSSA's Business Orientation module was offered to the learners. Subsequent sessions included marketing, pricing and costing, tendering and basic bookkeeping. Learners also had to conduct market research for their own businesses and develop a complete business plan.
BSSA offered practical pricing and costing training to SMME owners as part of Enza Construction's skills training programme to assist SMMEs to grow their businesses.
The two-day training session was held at the offices of Enza Construction in Bryanston, Johannesburg. It covered understanding and calculating profit, pricing in perspective, the different approaches towards pricing, and understanding the relationship between costing and pricing.
BSSA was contracted by the Palabora Foundation to build and enhance the capacity of its staff members in business consultancy.
BSSA has a business advising training programme called PROCESS, which was developed with support from a German aid agency. It consists of seven modules, each offered over five days. The Palabora Foundation learners completed five of the seven modules since February 2017.