BASIC BUSINESS SKILLS TRAINING PROVIDED FOR 75 LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS
Many Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises lack the basic understanding of business
principles that can determine the success of their business.
In line with the Social & Labour Plan objectives committed to by Marula Platinum Mine,
the establishment of a local community BSU (Business Support Unit) has created a
number of support programs to assist existing and aspiring entrepreneurs develop their
One such support program is Basic Business Skills, targetted at aspiring entrepreneurs
from local communities. Each session lasts three days and are held either at the
Lutheran Church adjacent to Marula Platinum Mine or at the Enterprise Development
Centre in the Marone Centre in Burgersfort.
The interactive apporach allows participants to apply theoretical learning to real day to
day issues and activities within their businesses or to test their business plan concepts.
Topics covered included basic financial skills, how to market your business, the
elements of a business plan, how to apply for bank finance as well as the characteristics
of what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. Each participant was given a
certificate of completion at the conclusion of the workshop.
In addition to the Business Skills Workshops, the BSU also organised workshops with
the National Home Builders Association, Umtali Consulting and the CIBD to support
local entrepreneurs who have an interest in the construction sector.
The purpose of the CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) is to promote a
regulatory and developmental framework that builds:
The construction delivery capability for South Africa’s social and economic
A proudly South African construction industry that delivers to globally competitive
The workshops shared industry requirements for safety and technical excellence as well
as giving information on grant funding and other business support programmes within
the Greater Tubatse Local Municipal area.
All workshops have been received with great enthusiasm by local community
entrepreneurs with attendees finding the information useful and relevant to them.
Further support for entrepreneurs and job seekers can be obtained at the local
Enterprise Development Centres at Driekop or Burgersfort.