Cooperatives in the Vhembe and Mopani District Municipalities in Limpopo are set to receive training on business operations and personal finance.
This initiative will be spearheaded by LGSETA and The Mvula Trust, and is aimed at empowering cooperatives to be more competitive and increase their access to markets. Two hundred (200) members from various cooperatives will be skilled on how to manage their operations and finances effectively.
Addressing representatives who attended the induction session held in Tzaneen, LGSETA Limpopo Provincial Manager, Ms Margaret Marakalala (left in the picture below) emphasised that the programme sought to develop small businesses and sharpen their skills for optimal business operation.
“Together with the Department of Higher Education and Training, we recognise the necessity to empower entrepreneurs so that they can participate in big marketplaces,” said Marakalala.
“Developing community businesses and empowering entrepreneurs is one of the LGSETA’s primary objectives. We want to make sure that those productions contribute to global markets and creates more jobs in the communities. I strongly believe this training will fulfil those goals,” she added.
One of the representatives from Makhomo Cooperative, which is in involved in farming, Mr Mohale Alpheus Selome, admitted that the training was long overdue and that he was confident it would be worthwhile for the growth and support of cooperatives in the area.
“I learned farming from my father, and we only supply seasonal crops to our community. This training will help us to expand our business and we will consider planting more crops to cater for the needs of the surrounding communities as well,” said Selome.
The programme, which includes both theory and practical lessons, will run for five days. It will commence on the 27 February 2017 to 03 March 2017 at various local municipalities. The trainees will receive certificates of recognition after they have successfully completed their lessons.