Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) in partnership with Business Skills for South Africa (BSSA) and The Innovation Hub eKasiLabs, Garankuwa are hosting a five days’ workshop under the theme Faranani Rural Women in Business. The workshop which is aimed at training women how to put together a professional business plan began on Monday, 29 August and will conclude on Friday, 2 September 2022. BSSA told Tsa Pitori the event was targeting female owned businesses from all sectors.
Led by facilitators Tau Mokoka, Manzo Mahlangu and Benson Mohlala they said their goal is to help participants grow their businesses and empower themselves. “Initially we were targeting 25 businesses but the turn over exceeded our expectations and some of the ladies had to be turned away.” Said Mahlangu. However they emphasized that this was not the last event and they would be back in the area in the near future.
BSSA is based in Pretoria Central and renders their services across the country. They offer a range of services which can be viewed on their website www.bssa.co.za or on their social media platforms under the handle The Business Skills For South Africa Foundation. They further said they charge for their services but usually use a model whereby they partner with the private sector in order to uplift disadvantaged communities.
They further told Tsa Pitori that their highlight of the event was the joy and excitement shown by the women who were participating in the workshop currently held in Garankuwa. When asked what challenges they have been experiencing they replied by saying the workshop has been going as planned except for power outage which hit Garankuwa for a couple of hours while hosting the training. However it didn’t derail them and they were able to navigate their way around it.
Speaking to one of the participants by the name Nozizwe Kekana from Garankuwa Ext23 who runs a business called Seriti Enterprise she told Tsa Pitori she found out about the workshop through a friend. “The workshop has taught me about the importance of making a profit as my business does catering and I also sell perfumes and atchaar.” To find out more about her business follow her on Facebook under the handle Mmabatho Kekana.
We also spoke to Vivian Kgwatla who also runs various businesses including catering, printing services, flower pots and plumbing amongst others. She’s from Garankuwa zone 21 and told Tsa Pitori that she has learned a lot from the training so far including putting together a formidable business plan and the importance of working with other people. “Most importantly I learned how to use my skills for commercial purposes more than just doing it for fun.” She said. To find out more about her check her out on Facebook under the handle Vivian Kgwatla.
By: Dave Balo.