In a bid to help Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) take part in the mainstream economy of the country and to create jobs, a leading South Africa’s black empowered coal mining company Exxaro Resources is pulling out all the stops to empower young entrepreneurs.
About 500 SMMEs stand to benefit from a five-day 67CEOs Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week workshop sponsored by Exxaro, taking place at Sandton, Johannesburg.
The workshop end on November 16.
The theme of the workshop is Advancing Inclusive Ecosystems and is aiming at coaching and mentoring small businesses.
In attendance at the workshop include former Exxaro Chief Executive Officer Sipho Nkosi – who will give keynote address, Co-founder of BCX and an Exxaro Independent Non-Executive Director Isaac Mophatlane, Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme Manager Lusapho Njenge, Group Community Development Manager Tebogo Leepile and Supply Chain Sustainability Manager Sandile Khumalo .
Exxaro Chief Executive Officer Mxolisi Mgojo said the coal miner is sponsoring the workshop as part of Exxaro prioritising Enterprise Supplier Development while also imparting practical advice and information.
“Enterprise Supplier Development is a key priority for Exxaro as we cannot grow as a company and a nation unless we empower all South Africans.
Exxaro prove it that SMMEs provide the foundation for growing an economy and is determines to empower South Africa by creating the right environment and conditions to help small and medium-sized conditions to survive and thrive.
This is part of Exxaro’s mission to power economic transformation by investing in black women and youth- owned small businesses that will create jobs in host communities and beyond,” said Mgojo.
Mgojo said participants will also receive mentoring and coaching and the opportunity to connect with potential collaborators, mentors, policymakers and even investors.
- This year’s workshop is being held at Workshop 17, 138 West Street, Sandton November 11-16, 2018.