Port Manager Shadrack Tshikalange said the Mossel Bay SMME Expo, which is held to foster the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, was a perfect platform for Transnet to showcase its vision of being a meaningful contributor towards empowering previously disadvantaged individuals.
He added that the expo also allowed Transnet to showcase its vision of sustainably developing local industry and improving skills to support localisation and industrialisation objectives.
“We want to transform our supplier base by engaging in targeted initiatives that allow us explore procurement opportunities that particularly emphasise the youth, black women, small businesses, people with disabilities and rural entities, while striving to enhance the capability, capacity and efficiency of local suppliers,” he said.
Mossel Bay’s main economic activities are petrochemicals, agriculture (aloes, cattle, dairy, ostriches, sheep, timber, vegetables and wine), fishing, light industry, and tourism.
Upcoming SMME business opportunities at the Port of Mossel Bay include a plumbing contract which will be up for tender at the end of August 2018, and a gardening services and cleaning services contract, which will each be up for renewal at the end of October 2018.
The tender for extension of the Port Admin Building will be advertised by the end of May 2018 with 20% of the contract value set aside for supplier development focusing on capability and capacity building (localisation), job creation, small business promotion and rural integration.