Celebrating our incredible Cableway suppliers
On Tuesday 20 August 2019, the Cableway executive team, shareholders and esteemed guests came together to celebrate our top suppliers and enterprise supplier development (ESD) programme graduates.
Over the past year, in partnership with Siyakha Implementation Partners, we have run an intensive ESD programme with a number of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), tailored to meet the needs of each business involved. Training included guidance on business compliance, financial and operational processes, as well as sales and marketing tools and strategies. The programme runs over six to 12 months.
At the Supplier Excellence Awards and ESD graduation event, nine small businesses graduated from the ESD programme. We are extremely proud of our graduates Durell Platt from Chef Daddy Food Creators, Karen Tardieu from Popcorn Tribe, Mabel Adriaans from Imifuno Fresh, Shamila Grever from Passionate About People, Thandisizwe Dano from Ngena eKasi Township Tours, Yvonne Manyiki from Dimzique Jewelry, Brent Newton from New Era Transport Solutions, Lizl Naude from Lilly Loompa and Yoywane Pumla from Rimac Event Staffing.
“The importance of growing South Africa’s SMME market cannot be overstated and it is important that the private sector does what it can to address the challenges. Through the ESD programme, we’re able to foster ubuntu and social entrepreneurship, and provide a platform for increased financial and operational excellence and independence in the hope the Cableway can make a humble contribution to driving this sector,” said Cableway financial director Selma Hercules, addressing the guests at the event.
A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the top three suppliers to the Cableway of 2019. Over the past year, all interactions with suppliers were rated on a points system and monitored by Siyakha.
Andre Maloy from Maloy’s The Consumables Company was named the top Cableway supplier of 2019 and was awarded the first prize of R45 000. Karen Tardieu from Popcorn Tribe walked away with the second place and an award of R20 000, and Uli Smidt of Chill Out Distribution claimed the third prize of R10 000.
We are extremely proud that through our partnership with Siyakha and initiatives like the ESD programme, more than 95% of the Cableway’s retail products are sourced locally.
“Our hope at Siyaka as the Cableway’s implementation partner is to contribute to the development of small businesses by realising growth in jobs, growth in profit and expanded economic participation. Our belief is that by developing excellence in all the small businesses we work with, we can start to change the narrative around ‘black owned’. We must understand that quality and excellence do not have a colour,” said Mpho Ntholeng, Siyakha’s director of development services, in concluding the event.
The individuals and businesses who have graduated from the ESD programme and have proven their excellent service over the past year have been invaluable suppliers to the Cableway, and have also grown exponentially in their own right over the past year.
We are so looking forward to seeing the new heights they will reach over the next year!