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Mine's entrepreneurial road-shows yield results

Mynbou & Nywerheid / Mining & Industry
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Emerging entrepreneurs in the re-gion have expressed satisfaction in the way Tshipi é Ntlhe manga-nese mine has uplifted their spirits.
Several entrepreneurs interviewed by the Kathu Gazette expressed some glim-mer of hope and candidly said that the mine's efforts are closer to the communi-ty's expectations. This comes after more than 515 emerging and aspiring busi-ness owners were taken from various levels of training on road shows early this year.
The mine engaged an expert, Kuriti Bu-siness Training Consultancy, in the train-ing of locals in almost all aspects of run-ning various businesses.
Still yearning for their progress, the mine then further engaged the same entrepreneurs for a thorough selection process where, depending on the line of business being pursued, the mine want-ed to determine the extent of need and skill.
As a stepping stone, the entrepreneurs in the construction sector already have R1, 5-million allocated for the renovation of some schools in the region. This is a practical approach to encourage the emerging businesses to enter into the broader competitive market of soliciting for business to the public and private sectors with the requisite expertise.
On August 15 and 16 2017, 69 identi-fied entrepreneurs were invited for further business advice in which the con-sultancy officials visited their businesses and offices throughout the region to eval-uate and equip them with the necessary advice.
The man behind the whole programme is Mr Bheki Mdakane, the Socio-Econo-mic Development and Stakeholder En-gagement Manager of Tshipi é Ntlhe manganese mine who said that mines must minimally outsource and rationalise the region.
“I believe we must empower locals be-fore we look outside. As a result, Tshipi é Ntlhe is aiming at 90% in terms of pro-curement and employment. We want to make these entrepreneurs desirable in business skills - not for Tshipi alone, but for each and every mining business around, so that this wealth underfoot  (minerals) can be enjoyed predominantly by locals first. Let's develop locals and register them in our respective databa-ses for the various services we need. As a local mine we want to preach and prac-tise equitable distribution of wealth with the local community,” Mr Mdakane said.