Most of our operations are located in the rural areas of South Africa, which by and large, still remain underdeveloped. As a state-owned company we are required to run a commercially viable business whilst also delivering on the developmental agenda of government. Consequently, we support about 20 000 lives through job creation, small business support interventions and through other social upliftment programmes such as the construction of schools, clinics, early childhood development centres and many others.
The establishment of small businesses plays an important role in the economic and social development of people living in rural communities. Small and micro businesses are an important force in generating employment, income distribution, healthy competition, niche markets and enhancing and supporting productivity.
Suppliers on our Supplier Development Programme may qualify for set aside procurement, specifically for developmental purposes. The service is restricted to land claimants and local communities within the footprint area of SAFCOL’s operations. Extended services are available for SE’s supported within the Enterprise Development Programme.
Contract funding and arrangements for suppliers on SAFCOL’s Supplier Development Programme qualify for loans. SAFCOL currently does not offer wholesale/retail in-house project funding. External funding can be prearranged with project partners and funding stakeholders. Grants for business start-ups and growth initiatives may be considered.
SEs receive a package of services ranging from technical mentorship, financial management and basic business support. The support is mainly internal, whilst external services may be considered for certain projects.
Furniture manufacturing has been identified as a key initiative to achieve the organisations’ strategic objectives with regards to vertical integration. The furniture industry in South Africa consists of manufacturers that make a wide range of furniture using low technology and highly skilled craftsmen at one end of the spectrum and mechanised, computer controlled processes producing high volumes at the other.
The furniture manufacturing initiative supported by SAFCOL started off with the manufacturing of a 1000 school desks at Timbadola Sawmill which were donated to schools in need within our footprint area.
A service provider was appointed to provide on the job training which included coaching and mentoring to the 20 skilled youth for the duration that they manufactured the 1000 school desks/benches and book shelves. The trainees were also coached on how to construct jigs and templates and work benches to ease the production of the 1000 wooden desks/benches and book shelves.
The trainees were then divided into 2 equal groups forming a complete production line for a wooden desk/bench and book shelf. The trainees also learned how to safely operate, setup and maintain different woodworking hand tools, power tools and machinery.
At the end of 2015/2016 financial year, a total of 2100 units have been dispatched to more than fifteen (15) schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Limpopo.
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