SMME get support

LEPHALALE — On 24 and 25 October, entrepreneurs of Lephalale came together at the Palm Park Hotel to participate in a Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) support and knowledge sharing event.
The objective of the workshop was to provide participating enterprises with information on a range of partners and to explain how to apply for their enterprise development-related support offerings.
The event was arranged by the Economic Development Department (EDD) and Medupi Leadership Initiative (MLI) and an average of 75 people attended the workshop per day.
Mo-emi Pitsi, a Director for National Sector and Workplace Dialogue at EDD, opened the event and welcomed participants and SMME support partners to the workshop. As Programme Director for the two days, he emphasized that there are wide ranging support options available to SMME, including cooperatives, and hoped that the two days would present solutions to SMMEs facing challenges such as access to training, finance, regulatory issues, and/or registration support.
Gabriel Mkhonza, the Eskom Supplier Development and Localization Manager for Group Commercial: Limpopo Province, welcomed participants and presenters on behalf of Eskom Medupi. He congratulated the conveners and presenters from the various SMME support partners on the event.
John Maake from the Lephalale Local Municipality’s Local Economic Development Directorate noted that SMME support is important for economic development and job creation in Lephalale.
Presenters from various organisations made presentations on their enterprise development-related support offerings during the two days. Eskom shared upcoming tender opportunities with participants and alerted participants to possible pitfalls to be avoided when tendering.
Annie Snyman, the MLI Project Lead, closed the event and said she hoped that this was the start of many more support workshops. She said the hope was to reach more SMMEs to increase the knowledge sharing platform and access to the wide range of SMME support available in the country from public and private partners.

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