Building capacity in the SMME sector

Business Skills for South Africa

Siyazisiza Trust field managers trained

Based in KwaZulu-Natal, the Siyazisiza Trust is an NGO focusing on improving food security and enterprise development in rural areas through skills training, monitoring, mentoring and the provision of start-up equipment and materials. The trust uses field managers to work with communities on agriculture, gardening and other food security projects.

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Lonmin-IFC Local Supplier Development Programme

Lonmin Platinum entered into a partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 2007 to promote sustainable economic development in the area surrounding its mining operations in the North West. The initiative originally entailed five programmes, one of which was the Local Supplier Development Programme.

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Tshwane Metro start-up training

The Tshwane Metro has run an annual programme to offer basic business skills training to potential entrepreneurs since 2011. During one-day sessions, learners are introduced to the difference between being employed and starting one’s own business, the characteristics of an entrepreneur, types of business and forms of ownership, legal requirements including registering a business, how to conduct market research, and the importance of bookkeeping.

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Botswana business analysts

Mompati Pihelo and Malebogo SemetsaDuring August 2014, two learners from Botswana attended training at BSSA's offices in Pretoria. Mompati Pihelo and Malebogo Semetsa are business analysts from the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC).

BITC is a parastatal that promotes trade between Botswana and its trade partners, and attempts to attract investment into Botswana. The centre's business analysts also facilitate the growth of local companies who want to grow their companies to the extent that they could consider exporting.

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Fabcos—Nafcoc member training

As part of a national programme by Fabcos and Nafcoc (administered by seda), BSSA offered entrepreneurship training to these organisations’ members in Cape Town, East London, Kimberley, Polokwane and Durban during 2012. A total of 125 people were trained. The training focused on financial management issues, as well as basic bookkeeping and business planning principles.

Seda training for service providers

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda) provides business development services to potential and existing entrepreneurs through 42 branches nationally. To ensure that the entrepreneurs receive high-quality and relevant services and advice, seda capacitates its practitioners and service providers through various training courses arranged through its learning academy.

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