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SMMEs benefit from supplier boot camp<span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/smme.jpg" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>Small business owners often bemoan the frustration of trying to navigate the red tape and reams of paperwork associated with legal requirements and industry changes. The City supports the Smart Supplier Development Programme, which provides valuable support to small-, medium-, and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) in this often difficult environment.</p><p>‘Entrepreneurship is a key driver of economic growth and job creation. It is therefore crucial that small businesses receive support to grow and expand their footprint. We believe that Cape Town is an innovative, globally competitive business city. Therefore, we need to create a business environment that not only attracts large corporates, but also supports our local small businesses to grow and survive. </p><p>‘Through this annual programme, we take a group of about 40 SMMEs on a journey of development and growth. Along the way, we help small business owners to identify their challenges and we provide them with solutions to overcome these challenges,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.</p><p>Participants in the boot camp were enthusiastic about all they learned and saw value in how it will change the way they do business in future. </p><p>Vuyokazi Luxande, Director of Mthombo Cleaning and Vegetation Management, a 100% black female-owned business based in Bellville, shared how the programme has empowered her to explore other ways of doing business: ‘I am really tired of tenders, now I am seeing things through a different lens. The workshop has helped me understand the reasons why I haven’t been successful in a tender. I now know there are processes to follow when tendering’.  </p><p>Vuyokazi will be changing her business development approach in the context of new legislative changes. She is moving away from focusing on tenders only and will instead look at collaboration and partnerships with larger suppliers for business opportunities.</p><p>‘I have done a tender before, but the programme showed me where to go and look for tenders. It has also shown me what areas I need to work on for my businesses so that I don’t lose out,’ said Grace Cable from CG Plastics cc, a 100% black female-owned business based in Ottery East.</p><p>Quite often, new legislation creates a huge knowledge gap for small businesses. </p><p>Tania Andrews, Director of Custom Graphics located in the foreshore, spoke passionately about the need to impart knowledge to SMMEs: ‘As small businesses, we don’t always have the required understanding regarding legislation. Learning about the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and how corporate companies do their buying is something we need to understand’.</p><p>The CEO of TK Global and one of the Smart Supplier Programme facilitators, Kamogelgo Mampane, said they had enjoyed taking these businesses on this journey. </p><p>‘They can now look differently at how to market their businesses and how they can now access decision-makers,’ he said. </p><p>‘The City is proud to be a part of this initiative that supports supplier development and creates possible new markets for city vendors to explore in the business sector. Through this initiative, we contribute to creating an enabling environment for enterprise development and business growth. I can confidently say that the City of Cape Town is getting on with creating a forward-thinking business city, both locally and globally,’ added Alderman Neilson.</p><p>In addition to participating in linkage platforms such as this, small businesses can also attend the Smart Procurement World Western Cape Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 8 March 2017. Entrance to the expo is free. This programme is run in conjunction with Smart Procurement World Western Cape and further information is available here: <a href="https://www.smartprocurementworld.com/westerncape">www.smartprocurementworld.com/westerncape</a></p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>​​</span>2017-02-23T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2b42d6a2-b250-461b-a8f9-e8c3b37737ef;L0|#02b42d6a2-b250-461b-a8f9-e8c3b37737ef|Boot camp;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#906ff9f4-4892-4e98-a9ea-e7c0ed24978c;L0|#0906ff9f4-4892-4e98-a9ea-e7c0ed24978c|Smart Supplier Development Programme;GPP|#2b42d6a2-b250-461b-a8f9-e8c3b37737ef;GP0|#151767a8-7f08-4e28-8ce6-b53ae7fa47b3;L0|#0151767a8-7f08-4e28-8ce6-b53ae7fa47b3|new business opportunities1

 

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