Trade success beckons after training

2016-06-15 06:00
GABRIEL MOENG, the facilitator of the programme, busy in class.  Photos: Boipelo Mere

GABRIEL MOENG, the facilitator of the programme, busy in class. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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MAKIE DINOKANA (33) feels confident that her trading business will get a positive boost and that it will gain momentum.

That is after she completed a NQF level 4 certificate in Project Management and Financial Training, thanks to the inter­vention by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Skills Education Training Authorities in South Africa (Seta).

This course and training is an effort by the department to empower previously disadvantaged individuals.

So does Lilly Fritz (50), who now feels empowered to steer her small business in the right direction.

These two were amongst the 20 women (of who ten were youth) who benefitted from the week-long training course 6 to 10 June at the Kimberley Diamond and Jewellery Academy (Kidja) in Kimberley.

According to Dinokana it was worth the effort to register for the course after seeing the advert, as her company had been facing challenges since she had registered it in 2015.

The biggest challenge for Fritz, on the other hand, was financial management and conflict resolution within the working environment.

“The course gave us a broader idea of how to run a business, as it covered modules on budget control, feasibility studies and developing your business.

“It will definitely develop our small businesses,” she emphasised.

“We are really grateful that the department is considering us women in their development,” added Dinokana.

Fritz added: “I really appreciate the continuous intervention measures by the department as it has previously also assisted me in accessing funding.

Gabriel Moeng, the facilitator of the programme of Thebe Trading, explained that the course was Seta accredited and it included training on project management, cost management, human resource, time management and risk management.

“The course has 18 credits and will help the women on how to run their projects successfully as they are more or less all faced with the same challenges within their businesses.

“It was clear that they needed the overall information,” continued Moeng.

He further said the women had submitted assignments and it would be assessed before they are awarded certificates.

“There was a specific need for this training. It therefore necessitated the continuous support for skills development,” added Malane Barlow of the Department of Economic Development.

She further explained that the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) had been selected from a list submitted by the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) Northern Cape, Women Empowerment Movement International (Wemi) and the Seed of Life (Soli) in the construction, agriculture and services sectors.

“The objective of this project is to make sure that at least 100 small business owners are trained, capacitated and mentored to improve and grow their businesses so that they could become profitable and sustainable ventures.”

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