"The ACS' Enterprise Development Programme encourages businesses to be independent and ensures that SMMEs are equipped with the right tools to drive their own growth and sustainability," says the ACS' Chief Executive Officer, Juan van Rensburg.
"We have invested our enterprise development budget into eight KwaZulu-Natal and eight Eastern Cape-based SMMEs, with the aim of making a significant contribution to economic development in these regions," he adds.
Siyakha Consulting manages the 12-month incubation programme on behalf of ACS. "Our work in development allows us to work with a wide range of SMMEs from varying industries, however it is the commitment of our customers that allows us to deliver projects of this nature and we are proud to be given the opportunity to work with ACS on this programme," says Dionne Kerr, COO of Siyakha Consulting.
"Its objective is to maximise the growth of small businesses, to ensure that they become more viable business entities and sustainable market players," she adds.
Each business is provided with a tailored 12-month development plan, based on the outcomes of their needs analysis. Siyakha Consulting then provides continuous training and mentoring, onsite business coaching and mentorship in a combination of accredited training and specific industry-related experts. "In short, our focus is to provide a prime platform for the SMME to reach its full potential," says Kerr.
Bonella, Mayville-based Mustella Six Trading, one of the selected SMMEs from KwaZulu-Natal, was formed in 2005 by Mandlenkosi Hlatshwayo
"The company's greatest achievements to date include the purchase of a company vehicle and machinery and securing contracts for the business," says Hlatshwayo.
"It feels good to be part of the ACS' enterprise development programme, and it is a great opportunity for the business to grow," he adds.
Siyakha Consulting has assisted Hlatshwayo to focus not only on government tenders, but to look for other opportunities as well. "I've also learnt how to handle my finances and that the only way for the company to grow is through sales," he says.
Hlatshwayo's motivation for Mustella Six Trading was born from his personal experience in the cleaning industry. He used to attend small business shows where young people showcase their own businesses. His dream is for the company to become one of the leading service providers in its industry.
"It takes courage to launch your own business with no guarantee that it will be successful, but it's worth the risk and I enjoy the challenge. I have a dream, I'm focussed and I will make it happen," he says.
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