AfriSam supports local youth owned businessesSubmitted by Archy Hlahla
11 December 2019, Klipfontein, Johannesburg: South Africa’s leading construction materials group, AfriSam, congratulated 10 local youth and 7 Small Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMMEs) that recently completed a 6-month construction training course as part of the company’s Enterprise Development Program. This is the fourth group of entrepreneurs that AfriSam has trained this year.
The training received mainly focused on management of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Civil Construction, Masonry Superstructures, Plastering and Bricklaying. The objective of the training was to contribute towards the development of scarce skills and capacitation of SMME’s in the construction sector as well as aligning the youth with the National Development Plan (NDP).
“We are very confident that these initiatives will up-skill and add value to these entrepreneurs, as well as deliver further growth to local SMMEs. AfriSam is dedicated to empowering the youth and enhancing the capacities of previously disadvantaged, black owned SMMEs in areas they operate. We help local SMME’s reach their full potential. We support them so that they can actively compete for opportunities in the construction industry and other markets”, says Betty Masinge, Enterprise and Supplier Development Manager, AfriSam.
AfriSam is proud that about 90 entrepreneurs acquired accredited qualifications through its Business Development Skills program, this year. Training was provided by NM Consultants, a leading black owned company that is excelling in delivering up-to-date academic and practical teachings.
Oscar Nkgoeng owner of Good-news Construction Pty says the training was challenging but very informative. “What was great about this program is that I had the chance to apply theory that I learnt in class on site. I joined this program as a youth and recently started my own business in construction”.
Godfrey Mathebula, NM Consultants trainer facilitated the program and says, “This opportunity will help small business owners build their businesses indestructibly and strengthen ties with customers”. Godfrey urged entrepreneurs to challenge themselves and take calculated risks with a good vision in mind. “After-all, business is all about taking risks”, he added.
“Entrepreneurs must build mutual relations with other experts and seek mentors who can guide, help and provide professional advice through the journey. Take advantage of opportunity centres and other services provided by the City of Joburg”, Masinge concluded.
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This article was published by Archy Hlahla, Hlengani Communications on behalf of AfriSam PTY LTD