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2011-03-22: Joburg gets ready to assist small business

IN support of developmental local government and particularly job creation and bankable business ideas, Johannesburg has revised its supply chain management policies and procurement processes to create an enabling environment for Start-ups, Small and Micro Enterprises (SSMEs).

"We realized that simplicity and access to procurement opportunities by SSMEs is an essential ingredient towards building an economically viable city and we had to level the playing ground between established and emerging businesses", says Councillor Amos Masondo executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg.

Mayor Masondo said that on Wednesday 23 March, the City's Supply Chain Management Unit will be launching its SSME Policy at the Orlando Communal Hall in Orlando.

The SSME Policy launch aims to unpack the procurement policy and procedures which is a shift away from current legislative requirements coupled to the competitive environment which can be an obstacle for the survival and success of SSMEs.

"The Policy will outline the framework within which emerging suppliers will be prioritized, assisted and utilized thereby accelerating the achievement of the objectives of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act" says Mayor Masondo.

Various City departments, entities and organizations like the Gauteng Business Propeller, The Business Place and Department of Trade and Industry have been invited to participate.

"Joburg, a City where community development, personal growth and social mobility are enhanced so that challenges of poverty, vulnerability, inequality and social exclusion are fundamentally addressed".


Issued on behalf of:
Councillor Amos Masondo
Executive mayor
City of Johannesburg

Issued by:
Virgil James
Communications Specialist
City of Joburg
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