Proudly South African SMME Summit boosts local entrepreneurs


Nestlé South Africa and the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD)today, 14 March 2018, unveil new delivery vehicles for local entrepreneurs. 

This is the first stage in a joint Enterprise Development Programme by the two organisations to recruit, train, and develop 200 micro-distributors by 2020. 

The partnership includes capacity building and training for the micro-distributors in critical skills including financial management, warehouse management, asset maintenance and up-skilling in sales and merchandising.

“We are proud to have reached this point in the collaboration with the DSBD. We have now taken a first and concrete step towards more inclusive business in South Africa by creating opportunities for young people to start their businesses. In doing so we are ensuring our much-loved products are available closer to home for individuals and families in township and rural communities,” said Ravi Pillay, Nestlé South Africa Corporate Affairs Director. 

“This initiative is consistent with our objective of empowering small businesses and cooperatives as part of growing our economy and opening up economic opportunities for the historically marginalised. Our point of departure is that small businesses are the backbones of our economy and the main drivers of economic growth, poverty reduction and job creation,” Zulu said.

She added that collaborative programmes of this nature will go a long way in promoting entrepreneurship in the country.

“We have a collective responsibility to ensure that this partnership becomes a sustainable instrument for job creation, skills development and black economic empowerment.”



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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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