Township Entrepreneurs and LED opportunities: Part 1

Pastor Welcome Thamsanqa Mlungisi Dlalisa.

Clearly our government has created and continues to create work opportunities for the unemployed but, most importantly, it is creating business opportunities for local entrepreneurs. Some of these opportunities emanate from the Local Economic Development (LED) plans. Remember that every single one of our municipalities throughout the country is required to have an LED plan.

Well, the question is, what is an LED plan? As the name suggests, this is the plan that is developed by each municipality, at the local community level, through public participation, and is aimed at identifying, planning and rolling out developmental projects for the benefit of those communities.

These development projects may include plans to build clinics, schools, road infrastructure, public libraries, recreational centres, crèches, swimming pools, community parks and so on.

The municipalities’ tender and procurement policies tend to favour small contractors and emerging entrepreneurs, thus giving rise to business opportunities. Where these small local companies cannot provide the required services, steps must be taken by the municipality to get larger companies to enter into joint ventures with smaller local entrepreneurs.

These projects are aimed at fighting unemployment and poverty while creating work and business opportunities for local entrepreneurs. Clearly, every entrepreneur and local business owner must read and perhaps even take part in the public participation processes aimed at developing local LED plans.

Here are some of the business opportunities arising from the LED plans and projects that are available to every township entrepreneur:

1. To act as contractors working with bigger contractors to build roads, paving and schools.

2. To cut grass in community parks and build recreational centres and public libraries.

3. To clean public swimming pools.

4. To erect stalls in the local market area to further economic activities.

5. To offer transport services to locals who are working in key municipal projects.

6. To offer township tourism services to key tourist destinations in the area.

7. To provide security services to these local centres, whether it’s a school, a library or a clinic.

8. To optimise the BEE opportunities that arise out of the big infrastructure projects and programmes.

Local entrepreneurs can therefore approach their municipality to find out where and how they can play a role in rolling out LED projects. Big business is under pressure to work with smaller operators in order to boost their BEE scores.

In order to help entrepreneurs of Tembisa to implement what we are learning in these articles, I have set up what I call the Joseph Achievers Mentoring (JAM) programme. The programme is based on Joseph in the Bible, who rose to prominence despite his background. I am encouraging all Tembisa residents to join.

This programme is aimed at supporting all residents of Tembisa but it targets mainly entrepreneurs, young professionals, university students and high school learners. It offers a range of support initiatives, including career guidance, training and mentoring. Many have enrolled in the programme and are receiving business management training and mentoring.

I challenge you to sign up for JAM in order to propel your life or your business to new heights.

To register for JAM, send an email to [email protected] or call the number below.

Join us for our next business incubation seminar, where we will be dealing with access to funding and digital marketing. The seminar is confirmed for October 13. Our confirmed conference partners include Absa, Nedbank, Seda and Blueberry Brands and Promotions. This seminar will take place from 9am till 3pm at RoyalHouse International Church (532 Entshonalanga Section, Tembisa). To register for free entry, send your email to [email protected]

Bring your company registration documents together with tax clearance and BEE certificate.

For more information, contact Pastor WTM Dlalisa on 083 395 1165.

Pastor WTM Dlalisa

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