20-10-2016 -• 80 Grade 11 learners from schools in Pretoria attend careers expo at Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant • 40 learners from Port Elizabeth visit Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant • Insight gained into extensive range of careers at Ford, including manufacturing, engineering, finance, human resources, marketing and information technology... Read more
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 6, 2016/ — A recent survey by research and analysis information technology company, Forrester has found that 39% of customers tell their friends and families about bad customer experience. This means that for every customer that has a bad experience with a company, the... Read more
Two sites in the Eastern Cape has been selected as pilot sites for the National Informal Business Upliftment Strategy launched by the Department of Trade and Industry in March this year. Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has told the National Assembly in reply to a written question that... Read more
It has been argued by our nation’s leaders that SMEs are the critical driver for sustainable economic growth in Africa. They see entrepreneurship as the vehicle for social and economic upliftment. So business owners need to take advantage of this growth, the one billion African consumers, the fastest growing middle... Read more
Small businesses are key to ECDC’s goal to stimulate the economy, during the year under review ECDC has assisted the following enterprises. Financial support Billion-rand mixed property development for Lusikisiki ECDC has pumped R1 million into financing a pre-feasibility study, environmental impact assessment and legal requirements for a seven... Read more
The newly established Small Enterprise Finance Agency will work closely with provincial agencies that funded small business such as the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced this morning. Speaking at the launch of the new agency that brings together Khula, the South African Finance... Read more
The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements plans to register 250 emerging contracts in the 2012/13 financial year. The department’s Annual Performance Plan says the budget for Housing Development “will seek to accelerate the programme for the eradication of informal settlements, improve rural housing and improving the monitoring and... Read more
Some 48% of all positions – more than 60 on the current organogram – in the plant maintenance division of the Nelson Mandela Bay Water and Sanitation sub-directorate are vacant. In an item to be put to Council explaining a deviation from the Supply Chain Management Policy for the... Read more
Buffalo City will need to implement the “skills shortage allowance” as soon as possible to retain experienced staff in the Electricity Department and attract skilled staff to fill the vacancies. The Metro’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) points out that there is currently a shortage of 10-15 electricians in the... Read more
EMPLOYMENT was the “greatest challenge” facing the automotive industry, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said this morning. Speaking at the launch of the Eastern Cape Automotive Cluster, Davies said the solution to this lay in expanding the component sector, adding that this depended on cooperation with the OEMs.... Read more