Building capacity in the SMME sector

Business Skills for South Africa

2010 a successful year for BSSA

2010 proved to be yet another successful year for BSSA. A total of 3 000 SMME participants completed the Foundation’s programme for owner-managers, and 161 advisers participated in business adviser training.

SMME training

A total of 1 358 owner-managers participated in BSSA Core programme training (focusing on business growth and expansion) presented by the Foundation’s trainers. Of these, 766 were women.

  • BSSA was subcontracted by ECI Africa to train 656 of these learners, as part of the Lonmin-IFC Local Supplier Development Programme.
  • The training of 201 participants was sponsored by the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), and the SMME clients of the Tshwane, Springs, Metsweding, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng GEP offices attended courses.
  • PwC sponsored the training of 151 participants, of which 126 were women. This formed part of the Faranani Rural Women Training Initiative, PwC’s contribution towards developing entrepreneurship amongst women.
  • Training of 27 participants was sponsored by the Aids Consortium.
  • BSSA was awarded a tender by the Wholesale and Retail (W&R) Seta to offer short skills courses to SMMEs registered with this seta, and 85 learners were trained.

In addition, independent BSSA accredited trainers using the Foundation’s materials offered Core programme training to 1 642 participants, of which 936 were women.

Business adviser training

Of the participants attending business adviser courses, 129 (64 women) completed modules of the PROCESS programme (covering the theory and practice of business advising). Of these, 47 underwent Continuous Professional Development training arranged by the Institute of Business Advisers (IBA).

BSSA was contracted by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) to offer business adviser training to advisers employed in their regional offices. A total of 82 advisers were trained in both PROCESS and ProNet modules.

A total of 32 business adviser course participants (15 women) attended the Build a Better Business (BBB) programme. These learners are network facilitators utilised in the Black Business Supplier Development Programme (BBSDP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), and were trained on request of the dti.

New training materials

Experience to date has indicated that BSSA’s business training programme for manufacturers, ProNet, is often too advanced for small manufacturing concerns. In 2010, BSSA embarked on an initiative to adapt its ProNet materials to suit the needs of the owner-managers of micro and very small businesses. The initiative was funded by InWEnt, which also funded the development of the original ProNet materials.



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