SMME Opportunity Roadshow

About the event

In the wake of the current negative economic climate in South Africa , of the 53 million population of this country 5.1m people are unemployed, and 2.4m are discouraged from looking for a job. Given the current constraints on the public sector amid this economic uncertainty, the importance of SMME's has never been greater, The small business sector in South Africa has the potential to make a significant contribution to economic growth, employment and development.

SMMEs are regarded as  the engine of growth this means that SMMEs are key in creating jobs and employment in the country. Research from the National Treasury Research on SMMEs in South Africa, (2008) states that ‘eight out of every ten new jobs created in South Africa are in the private sector’. SMME's are essential for a competitive and efficient market ,because SMME’s play the competitive game differently from corporates, their nimble approach to competition drives efficiency and productivity. They are essential for a competitive and efficient market. Often based in areas outside of the urban sphere they are crucial to poverty reduction and increasing economic activity. SMME's are key for developing nations in that they are productive drivers of inclusive economic growth and development and drive diversification through their development of new and untapped sectors of the economy.

The SMME Opportunity Roadshow not only showcases opportunities but also provides focused guidance for SMMEs to mainstream their competitive advantage as effectively as possible. SMMEs will also be networking with key players in every economic sector, meeting the people they need to improve thier businesses. The aim of the SMME Roadshow is to equip small business owners with the knowledge and contacts they require to fulfill their destiny, to become the prime engine of the economy and principal source of employment.

At the SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2016 entrepreneurs turned up in great numbers in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town, eager to learn from accumulated expertise that each episode of the Roadshow made available. SMME 2017 looks set to be bigger than ever.

This is a call to action for aspiring entrepreneurs, corporates and governement to attend SMME 2017 to come together in the sharing of skills, expertise and opinions in order to empower, discover, improve and ultimately unlock South Africa's business talent. 

Interact

"The experience was good as it gave us the opportunity to interact with our clients as well as potential clients" - Wilfred Mbuvha, Head of Small Enterprise Credit, Standard Bank.

Competitive edge

"The event is important to us because it exposing our SMMEs to different companies and to different sectors" - Reabetswe Morulane, Project Manager, SATEC.

Government support

"We'd like to thank Cape Media and the Department of Small Business Development for organizing this kind of event because indeed our people are benefiting from venture such as this. It is very important to us and we wish we could have more of them in the future " - NN Keetse, Senior Manager LED & P, Molemole Municipality.

Proudly South African

"Our experience was great as we got to engage with SMMEs on the importance of being a Proudly South Africa member” - Siyabonga Zungu, Marketing Co-ordinator: Events & Exhibitions, Proudly SA.

Exposure

"We are happy for the exposure! It was awesome and we look forward to the next one! " - Siya Mhambi, REDISA.

Feedback

"The SMME owners and or aspirant owners that were invited, really felt they took something credible and tangible with them to utilize in their businesses going forward" - Robert Arendse, Managing Director, Cape Media Corporation.

Sponsors

Speakers

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Exhibitions

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Johannesburg

Emperors Palace

31 August 2018

Venue

Welcome to the Palace of Dreams.Fit for true Emperors in more ways than one, Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort welcomes all to experience true luxury and excitement. Emperors Palace offers luxurious accommodation in four unique hotels, a glorious health and beauty spa, a magnificent casino with unparalleled gaming enjoyment, the finest in dining options, spectacular entertainment choices, world class conference facilities, and impeccable service.

The Emperors Palace Conference Centre is the embodiment of the perfect event venue. No matter how large or small the event, Emperors Palace events excel in the three essential ingredients of successful conferences and entertaining - superb cuisine, impeccable service, and an elegant atmosphere. The talented team at the Conference Centre work tirelessly to ensure that your event is a success, and that you and your guests feel the personal touch that epitomises our events.

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Port Elizabeth

Boardwalk Hotel & Conference

July 2018

Beach Road Summerstrand 6019 Port Elizabeth Eastern Cape South Africa

Port Elizabeth’s Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC) ticks all the boxes – 10 minutes from the airport, on the beachfront Golden Mile, and managed by a top team.

The only ICC in Nelson Mandela Bay is part of The Boardwalk precinct, with its top restaurants and entertainment. At 3 000 m2, the ICC can seat up to 1 700 delegates cinema-style. Break-away rooms seat 34 to 170. Accommodation nearby ranges from budget to The Boardwalk Hotel, with 140 sea-facing luxury rooms. Over 3 000 m2 of exhibition space is on site.

Situated within the five-Star Boardwalk Hotel, the International Convention Centre is also a stroll away from a full range of accommodation options – from bed and breakfasts to four-star hotels.

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Durban

Durban ICC

November 2018

The venue: Durban ICC

45 Bram Fischer Road

Choose a destination that will excite your delegates and a venue that committed to delivering a successful event!

Opened by former president, Nelson Mandela in 1997, the Durban ICC was South Africa’s first International Convention Centre and has played a pioneering role in attracting international events to our shores since its inception.

This world-class facility, renowned for its high standards of service excellence, has successfully staged some the world’s most prestigious and complex events.

The Durban ICC delivers a 5-star events experience, geared to exceeding our client’s expectations in an innovative, sustainable and proudly African way.

Little wonder, then, that the Durban ICC is where the World meets Africa.

 

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Cape Town

CapeTown ICC

 

October 2018

The venue: Cape Town ICC

Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) combines the impassioned dedication of its capable personnel with an extensive range of premium venues, services and facilities. This innovative venue offers a comprehensive array of services for international and locally based clients, playing host to prominent global conferences, trade shows, concerts and celebrated stage productions.

 

 

 

Live streaming

The SMME Opportunity Roadshow will be broadcast live on the Internet.

This initiative will ensure that the public and invited guests of the sponsor can follow events as they unfold. Not a minute will be missed, and not a word said will be left unheard.

This exciting new development will also ensure local and international coverage of this premier event on South Africa’s business calendar, which will spearhead Government initiatives to development small business in every community throughtout the country and link small business development with economic growth and opportunity in every sector of the economy.

This unique event honours outstanding South Africans from a cross section of business, industry and other fields, and is recognised as THE leading gathering of young entrepreneurs and business achievers in South Africa today.

The development is set to add further prestige to the Roadshow, broadening its audience and widening its appeal further than ever before.

Panel Discussion, Durban 2017

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Truman Hadebe, Director, The Supply Chain Academy & Owner, Tender n Harvest

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Sibusiso Ngobeni, Supported Employment Factories

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Henry van Deventer, Wealth Strategist, Old Mutual Wealth

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Fortune Nkwenyana, Founder & Director, BlueFortune Commications

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Mziwodumo Rubushe, Head: Stakeholder Relations, Office of the Commissioner, Competition Commission

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Dr Mthuthuzeli Zamxaka, Science Communicator: Nanotechnology & Hydrogen SA Public Engagement

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Goodman Nhlanhla Makhanya, Director/Owner, Usizo Labantu Financial Planning

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Simiso Sokhela, Grou0p Managing Director, Awali Business Holdings

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Nureshka Viranna, Director, ShopLi

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Claudette Sigamoney, Managing Director, Sigamoney & Partners

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Sharon van den Heever, SMME Forum Chairman, Durban Chamber of Commerce

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Godwin Perrils, Market Development Manager, Old Mutual SA

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South African Fire and Medical Academy (SAFMA)

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PETCO at SMME Roadshow, Cape Town, 2017

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Dennis Matsepe, Supported Employment Enterprises

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Carlo Vizzi Head: Business Support Enterprise Development Unit, Directorate of the Mayor

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Panel Discussion at SMME Roadshow 2017, Cape Town

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Kholeka August, Sales & Marketing Manager, Zibonele FM

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Alice Abrahams, Supplier Liaison Consultant, SAP Ariba

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Damian Michael, Founder, Innovo Networks

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Henry Van Deventer, Wealth Strategist, Old Mutual Wealth

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Vuyolwethu Dubese, Ecosystem Manager for Innovation, Thomson Reuters

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Jolandi Snyders, Marketing, PR & Events Manager, The Hope Factory, PE

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Dennis Matsepe, Deputy Director:, Supported Employment Enterprises

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Mziwodumo Rubushe, Head of Stakeholder Relations, Competition Commission, South Africa

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Sihle Tshabalala, Co-founder & CEO, Quirky 30 NPC & Quirky Innovations (Pty) Ltd

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Lance Greyling, Director of Trade and Investment in the Mayor’s Office, City of Cape Town

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Panel Discussion at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Sinazo Mtshengu at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Asa Walesa Mazomba at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Ludwe Macingwane at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Henry van Deventer at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Jolandi Snyders at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Silumko Nondwangu at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Mziwodumo Rubushe at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Sipelo Lupondwana at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Luvuyo Bangazi at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Thabang Mashigo at SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 Port Elizabeth

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Miles "Vuyo" Kubheka at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Panel Discussion at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Gerrit Davids at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Mixo Ngoveni at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Panel Discussion at SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Mandlenkosi Ncube at SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Henry van Deventer at SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Mandy Ntyelwa at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Dennis Matsepe at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Martin Ackerman at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Stacy Davidson at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Dimakatso Radasi at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Oyama Dyosiba at the SMME Oppoprtunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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Dr Cino Shearer at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow Gauteng 2017

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SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2015 Gauteng

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SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2015 Durban

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SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2015 Cape Town

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SMME Opportunity Roadshow Port Elizabeth

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CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Beverley Stone - Events Manager

E-mail: beverley@capemedia.co.za

 

Landline: 021 6817000

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