Cableway and Siyakha Fostering Ubuntu and Entrepreneurship
Table Mountain Cableway in partnership with Siyakha is empowering local suppliers and owners of SMMEs by providing support and skills training through a Supplier Development Programme.
Cableway Managing Director Wahida Parker, who addressed guests at the programme’s recent Supplier Excellence Awards and Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) Graduation, says the training is tailored to meet the needs of each SMME and encompasses business compliance, financial and operational processes as well as sales and marketing tools and strategies.
“Our local suppliers are an integral part of the Cableway’s world class offering; as role-players in the tourism industry we must not undervalue the contribution of SMME’s to the local value chain,” says Parker. “Through the Supplier Development Programme we are able to foster ubuntu and social entrepreneurship, and provide a platform for increased financial and operational excellence and independence.”
More than 90% of Cableway’s suppliers are local. “Some operate out of garages, while others have grown to an extent that they have been able to purchase industrial space. Each of them provides us with a world-class product and service, and that in turn contributes to the Cableway’s world-class offering,” says Parker.
Launched in September 2017, the Supplier Development Programme runs over 10 months, and the recent graduation ceremony acknowledged SMME owners Lyndon Marescia (Adinga whos supplies the ACCPAC programme to the Finance Dept)) , Uli Smidt (Chill Out Distribution, a supplier of frozen food and ice cream) and Mabel Adriaans (Imifuno Fresh, a supplier of vegetables). Enterprise Development beneficiaries included Lizo Mgobozi (ProTeamSA) and Rachel Miles (Mile by Mile Tours).
Lyndon Marescia , owner of Adinga, said the following: “The programme was enriching and called on us to engage and collaborate, and we have made progress in areas of the business that we had been ignoring. As a supplier we support collaboration and being stakeholders of the businesses that we engage. If we do not help one another through collaboration, then an unequal society like South Africa has no chance.”
Serenity Maphumulo, Development Services Analyst at Siyakha, says the programme helps participants to polish their overall business and commercial acumen, streamline operations, understand business compliance, identify opportunities and improve understanding of the markets in which they operate.
“Apart from myself, nobody has ever believed in my business more than the Cableway and Siyakha,” says Lizo Mgobozi of ProTeamSA, which specializes in Langa township tours. “When I was approached to take part in the programme, I was on the edge of closing my business and going to find another job. The skills I have learnt will enable me to take my business forward and I hope that this is the beginning of an even greater journey.”
Here are few images of the event: