R1-million boost by TPT helps SMME’s to participate in the mainstream economy

BY SUPPLIED - MARCH 12, 2015

In support of the role Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) play as catalysts for economic growth and development in the Eastern Cape region, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), an operating division of Transnet provided laptops and printers to the value of R1 million to SMME basic computer and Pastel graduates at a graduation ceremony held in East London on Friday, 6 March 2015.

TPT’s handover of the laptops and printers was a way of boosting the resources of the SMMEs so that they do not only have the necessary basic computer skills for running a successful business but are also equipped with the proper infrastructure, necessary for running a business in the 21st century. In the competitive world of business, technology is a much needed vehicle that contributes to the success of a business.

Explaining TPT’s vision behind the handover of laptops and printers to previously disadvantaged SMMEs during her speech at the graduation ceremony, Nelisiwe Mbenekazi, TPT’s Terminal Manager at the East London Terminals said “our vision is to be a meaningful contributor towards the South African Government’s objectives of furthering empowerment of previously disadvantaged individuals, sustainably developing the local industry and contributing to skills development.”

“TPT is also in the process of influencing our strategic partners in the region to support us by enhancing the capability, capacity and efficiency of emerging SMMEs,” she added.

TPT supports localisation and industrialisation and the transformation of supplier base so that previously disadvantaged SMMEs are provided with the opportunity to become active participants in the mainstream economy. 

Confirming this view, Siya Mhlaluka, TPT’s General Manager for Eastern Cape operations said: “the SMME sector is an important empowerment vehicle for previously disadvantaged people. It is also one of the solutions for the triple challenges we face in Eastern Cape; namely: poverty, unemployment, and inequality which is why TPT is actively finding ways to support the SMME sector in the region.”

“We are hopeful that as another added benefit, the laptops and printers TPT provided, together with the training the SMMEs have undergone, will contribute towards the competitive edge of SMMEs in the Eastern Cape,” concluded Mbenekazi.