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A new policy has been drawn up that will help start-ups, small and micro enterprises chart a successful course through official procurement processes.
JOBURG has revised its supply chain management policies and procurement processes to create an enabling environment for start-ups, small and micro enterprises (SSMEs).

The new SSME policy will be launched by Executive Mayor Amos Masondo at the Orlando Communal Hall in Orlando, Soweto on 23 March.

The policy, designed by the City’s supply chain management unit, is in support of developmental local government, and will particularly help job creation and bankable business ideas.

“We realised 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 Masondo.

This policy aims to unpack procurement policy and procedures, which is a shift away from current legislative requirements together with the competitive environment that can be an obstacle for the survival and success of the SSMEs.

“The policy will outline the framework within which emerging suppliers will be prioritised, assisted and utilised, thereby accelerating the achievement of the objectives of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.”

Various official groups have been invited to participate, including the Gauteng Business Propeller, The Business Place and the Department of Trade and Industry.

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