De Beers Supports Small Businesses


Four local Blouberg youth owned Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) received grants of up to R50 000 from the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) through the intervention and support from De Beers Venetia Mine.
Thabosilakhu Empire, Betty Catering and Deco, Roadhouse Mollax Enterprise and agricultural business Wozilex, are set to benefit through capacity building and skills development training aimed at empowering youth owned local SMMEs to become sustainable and contribute towards socio economic development and
job creation.

In 2017, a total of 26 local businesses graduated from the De Beers Zimele Incubation programme and have all benefited from mentoring and other business related training courses in 2018. A further 94 local SMMEs have also benefited from training programmes through the De Beers Zimele Hub, NYDA, as well as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).
Gregory Petersen, Senior Commercial Manager – Enterprise and Supplier Development, Venetia Mine, said: “We are very excited to have played a role in not only assisting the SMMEs with training and development but to also have played a role in them accessing much needed equipment necessary for the growth of their businesses. We look forward to continued collaboration with the NYDA as we strive to make a difference in
the lives of our local communities”

The NYDA plays a leading role in ensuring that stakeholders such as government, the private sector and civil society, prioritise youth development challenges and contribute towards identifying and implementing lasting solutions. Furthermore, the NYDA designs and implements micro level (individual), meso level (community) and macro level (national) programmes aimed at improving the lives and opportunities available to young people. Percy Madziwo, NYDA Polokwane Branch Manager, said: “As the partnership between NYDA and De Beers in Blouberg Municipality deepens and matures, we are hopeful that more young entrepreneurs will benefit through skills development and sustainable jobs. We are currently working with De Beers to finalise memorandums of understandings to cement the enterprise development partnership and collaboration in Blouberg and Musina Municipalities.”


Ngoakwana Seleka Thabosilakhu Empire

Ngoakwana Seleka, Managing Director of Thabosilakhu Empire Restaurant in Bochum Limpopo, says she is thankful for the opportunity to gain access to a grant to purchase equipment and stock, which will assist her small business tremendously. “The grant has allowed me to buy new chafing dishes, as well as colourful tables and chairs to decorate the restaurant. Hopefully these new additions look more attractive and appealing and hopefully they will attract more customers for me.”
Betty Ngoako Kobe, owner and director of Betty Catering from the Blouberg district municipality, said: “When I joined the De Beers Zimele Programme I was a young businesswoman, and nine months later, I could draw up a buniness plan through the training I received. I have had wonderful opportunities since then,
such as receiving a grant from the NYDA for my small business, as well as attending the UN Women’s capacity building programme launch event, which is going to empower women like myself from Musina and Blouberg.”

Moloko Manaka Roadhouse Mollaz Enterprise Blouberg

Moloko Manaka, owner of Roadhouse Mollaz Enterprise in Blouberg, said: “Following the support I received from nine months of training at the De Beers Zimele incubation programme, I am now able to design a feasible business plan to run my business successfully. I was also able to connect with the NYDA, who offered me a grant to purchase catering equipment. I hope to use this opportunity to grow my market.”
Mahlatse Matlakana, owner of Wozilex, registered her business in 2017 through sheer determination and a passion for farming. She is grateful for the mentorship received from De Beers, as well as the much-needed grant from NYDA to grow and sustain her business. “Thank you to both entities for the great support and mentorship given,” she said.

This article has been received from Lisa Brugmann, Communications Specialist De Beers Consolidates Mines Limited, Venetia Mine

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