SMMEs at Nelson Mandela Bay continue to benefit from Coega led projects

NOVEMBER 8, 2016

About 777 houses have been built and handed over to Motherwell residents in Port Elizabeth. CDC has been tasked to implement the project on behalf of the Department of Human Settlements.

This life changing project, amounting to just over R100 million forms part of the collaboration between the CDC and government to fast track service delivery and bring measurable change to the South African populace.

“The successful implementation of this project is a celebration of another milestone in the progressive advancement of the CDC’s efforts to ensure socio-economic development and efficient service delivery,” says Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC Unit Head Marketing and Communications.

As an enabling agent for socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape and South Africa at large, CDC implements projects that empower communities and contributes to their involvement in economic development through job creation and SMME development.  In this particular project about 31 emerging contractors within the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro were appointed to construct the project in which majority are owned by women thereby enhancing women’s ability to participate in highly skilled sectors.

The CDC’s initiative to advance SMMEs has been crucial in all CDC led projects ensuring effective participation as well as creating job opportunities for many unemployed people in the Eastern Cape.

“During the construction of the project over 250 job opportunities were created targeting local communities. The project is currently at about 97% complete and is expected to be fully completed by close of the financial year,” Bekani Madyibi, CDC’s Programme Manager, Technical Procurement Support Unit.

 Nomgcobo Batisi of Hambubuke Trading praised the partnership and good relations between them as the emerging contractors and the CDC managers for the commitment shown during the project. “CDC managers were very supportive throughout the entire project; their mentorship enabled us to deliver very good work,” says Batisi.

“We provided mentorship to SMMEs leading to the successful implementation of the project, by physically being onsite and guiding the emerging contractors,” adds Madyibi.

Neliswa Mngeyana of Masibakhulu Trading, one of the SMMEs who benefited from the project outlined the impact of the project.

“This project played a very decisive role in my life, as well as my company’s sustainability, now with more experience and increased grades I can get more opportunities. Even my finances have improved and my dignity has been restored through this opportunity”.

Image: SMME DEVELOPMENT: (front: left to right) Nomathemba Teyise-Masibakhulu Trading, Nomgcobo Batisi- Hambubuke Trading, Neliswa Mngeyana- Masibakhulu Trading (Back: left to right), Nonzame Linyama- Ghana Agents, Thabiso Booi- Gqange CC, Nomvuyiseko Losi- Mojowiz PTY T/A and Nompilo Mirriam Mdekazi- Mamumde Trading Enterprise