Getting ready for the big time

2017-12-12 06:00
Representatives of 40 businesses at a workshop on supplying to the construction industry.

Representatives of 40 businesses at a workshop on supplying to the construction industry.

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About 40 small-business owners attended a workshop held at the Lentegeur Subcouncil chambers last week to help them potentially become suppliers to the construction industry.

Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews partnered with Aveng Grinaker-LTA to present a workshop to small-, medium- and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) on how to become a potential vendor in the construction industry.

Andrews explained the process to register as a vendor on the City of Cape Town’s supplier database. Similarly, Corné Moll, a project manager of Aveng Grinaker-LTA, explained the vendor registration process at his company.

Moll went on to explain the importance of compliance in business, the need for people to sustain their entrepreneurial spirit, and how to maintain a competitive edge in the market.

Andrews talked about the City’s community-based supplier programme which applies to bids of less than R30 000.

“We expect the community-based supplier programme to make a positive contribution to job creation. The construction sector has a critical role to play by offering either temporary or permanent jobs to individuals. Our role as a municipality is to fulfil our obligation as an enabler of job creation,” says Andrews.

Every job created will also be helpful in terms of skills transfer to individuals.

Future opportunitiesThis will in turn place them in a better position for future employment opportunities or to become entrepreneurs.

“We have been looking at how we can assist small, emerging businesses to develop and to gain experience so that they are equipped to one day tender for larger projects. Quite often, smaller suppliers buckle under red tape and management pressure. I am pleased that this first workshop hit all the right notes for those individuals who are keen to get their big break in the construction industry,” says Andrews.

He believes the workshop participants welcomed the opportunity to be empowered in this way.

Additionally, the City’s area-based service delivery directorate is looking to build a database of community vendors to enable local entrepreneurs to access opportunities, he says.

“This workshop was the first of many more such sessions to be held next year.”

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