MOKURUANYANE — Local business owners met with different stakeholders such as Lephalale Municipality, Exarro, Eskom Medupi and Matimba power stations at the Mokuruanyane Thusong centre on Thursday 3 March 2016 with the purpose of engaging opportunities for Small, Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMME’s) on procurement strategies and processes that will benefit the local business owners.
Local business owners took advantage by attending the free session with the hope of advancing their businesses and management skills and learning about required procedures when dealing with the above mentioned companies.
Exarro focussed on its operational plan and supply chain overview for tenders and vendor management.
Erica Jordaan, Exarro’s Specialist, emphasised the companies support for BBBEE supplier’s social initiatives together with their long term sustainability plans of engaging experienced companies with companies which have not yet transformed, as subcontractors. And breaching this gap by initiating the skills and knowledge transfer programme from the experienced companies towards the new ones. She also voiced concerns regarding challenges they face with local businesses, including incorrect submissions of application documents as well as fronting and miscommunication by local service providers.
Eskom highlighted its urgent service needs from the local black community business owners as it has a target to give opportunity within the BBBEE scope to Black Women Owned, Black Owned with Disability and Youth Black Owned and Black Owned companies who are within Lephalale.
However, a lot of people mentioned that such events always take place but without fruitful results, as thus far, Lephalale is already in its development stage but there’s no local development within communities and villages. The municipality and both companies explained that late submission of documents, incomplete documents, certificates and other administrative faults are their main obstacle and business owners should communicate and ask if they are not sure of certain issues when looking to work with them.