BEDCO’s District SMME Forums FeaturedWritten by Eric Ntlaloe
BEDCO has historically established, built and developed micro, small and medium enterprises who participate in the mainstream economic activity of the country.
These are the ones who are charged with the onerous responsibility of creating jobs. They need the necessary skills and techniques to start, operate and grow their businesses in order to be efficient and effective in what they are doing.
Therefore, BEDCO not only fulfils its primary mandate of establishing and developing entrepreneurs, but also fulfils that of the government which is expressly spelt out in the NSDP.
They ply their trade in the streets and organised areas in all districts of the country where they sell their wares to earn a living.
BEDCO is establishing district SMME forums with intent to build mutual understanding and cooperation among various SMMEs who are scattered across the country.
The SMMEs will meet regularly under the auspices of the forums in all the districts, organise flea markets and other related activities.
They will act as BEDCO's ambassadors in the districts. The entrepreneurs will appoint three people to organise the forums – chairperson, secretary and treasurer.
These are not formal positions, but just a link between BEDCO and the entrepreneurs in the districts.