2014 another successful year for BSSA
2014 was yet another successful year for BSSA - a total of 1 600 SMME participants attended business skills training offered by the Foundation. The past year also saw further activity in ongoing annual programmes, as well as new initiatives and partnerships.
During the first few months of 2014, BSSA completed training and aftercare of rural women in PwC's 2013-2014 Faranani Rural Women Training Initiative in Atteridgeville, Giyani and Johannesburg. The 2014-2015 Faranani programme has kicked off, with training in Makhado.
Another annual programme focuses on business orientation for people new to the world of entrepreneurship. The training is offered in partnership with the University of Pretoria, which is in turn contracted by the Tshwane Municipality to run a larger programme on enterprise development. In 2014, 540 learners from in and around Tshwane took part.
Our largest single project this year was for Motswiri Consultants, who were contracted by Petra Diamonds to implement a supplier development programme at four of their mines - at Cullinan, Kimberley, Finsch (Kuruman) and Koffiefontein. BSSA was contracted to offer business skills training in this programme. A total of 220 potential and existing suppliers to the mines from surrounding communities attended an eight-month programme encompassing 25 modules.
A similar programme, also for Motswiri Consultants, was implemented at AfriSam's mine in Itsoseng (Lichtenburg). A total of 126 learners from surrounding communities attended all or some of the modules offered.
BSSA was also contracted by the Centre for Supplier Development (CFSD) to train potential and existing suppliers to mines at Phalaborwa, Richards Bay, Burgersfort and Krugersdorp.
After completing the extensive training programme of BBSDP network facilitators in 2013 (103 learners were trained), BSSA trained very few business advisers in 2014. An exception was a group from Botswana (read more about them here).