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.”