The Small Business Development Programme within the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDaT), through the Empowerment Unit, in partnership with SEDA and local municipalities, hosted two sets of training sessions recently aimed specifically at people living with disabilities in the Province. Basic Business Skills training was conducted by Bontle Solutions CC, for a group of 27 people in Kuruman on 11 November 2016.
The training aimed to assess the participants’ competency and understanding the fundamentals of starting a small business. The training further focused on empowering the attendees with the basic skills needed to establish and sustain a business. Therefore, the ultimate aim of the training was to empower and capacitate people living with disabilities in the Northern Cape.
The participants were awarded with certificates upon completion of this training session. Once again, on the 22 November 2016, the Empowerment Unit in partnership with the Knowledge Economy and Innovation Unit of DEDaT, facilitated ICT and Tender process training for a group of people from Kimberley, also living with disabilities.
This group had also previously been trained on Basic Business Skills, as an initiative of the department. Through initiatives such as these, government is making it possible for the disabled to access available opportunities like any other citizen and DEDaT is very serious in illustrating the “nothing about us, without us” slogan with the inclusion of the disabled focus group in their plans. At both sessions, the participants welcomed the training and expressed their gratitude to the department and other stakeholders for the knowledge that they gained and also for the support and assistance that they were assured of getting in the future. They were ecstatic upon receipt of their certificates.