IN response to the management and growth challenges faced by small businesses in the Eastern Cape, Transnet is hosting a workshop tomorrow to teach entrepreneurs key business principles and inform them about opportunities within the enterprise.
This forms part of Transnet Port Terminals' (TPT) market demand strategy's R33-billion investment over the next seven years, which will focus on improving capacity and infrastructure at the Ngqura, Port Elizabeth and East London ports.
Transnet's regional procurement manager Zoleka Mamani said the multi-billion rand investment would focus on skills development and job creation in the province.
She said the workshops would target 500 SMMEs and be hosted at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium tomorrow and in East London on September 25.
"The workshop will also focus on educating SMMEs on opportunities in Transnet and the requirements expected in order to trade with Transnet," she said.
Forming part of the workshop will be organised business bodies, including Nafcoc, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Border Kei Business Chamber and the four major banks.
Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry, National Youth Development Agency and the Service SETA will also share business tips with the small business owners.