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City empowers local businesses through Vendor Database Workshops

In a bid to empower local businesses with the necessary skills to do business with the City, workshops will be hosted in Somerset West and Mfuleni.

The aim of these Vendor Database Workshops is to ensure that emerging businesses possess the necessary skills to conduct business with the City.

These workshops are conducted in an environment where businesses acquire practical exposure in completing requests for quotations and tenders.

In addition, participants are encouraged to register on the City's Community Vendor Database for business opportunities to the maximum of R100 000.00

'The need to support vendors is in line with the City's commitment to empower and ensure growth for small businesses. After receiving numerous complaints from small businesses that they are unable to secure business opportunities with the City, we have now created the Community Vendor Support programme to create opportunities for contractors in their local communities and wards,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

The workshops will address the following topics:

How the City and Government tender processes work

Benefitting from the new Preferential Procurement Framework

Completing a tender document

How a tender is evaluated

Writing a winning tender

A number of these workshops have already taken place during this month, namely, Khayelitsha, Mitchell's Plain, and Strand and has been attended by approximately 150 local businesses.

'The City's aim is to assist small emerging businesses to develop and gain experience so that they are equipped on all levels to eventually be able to tender for larger projects.

'We are seeing more and more people take to informal trading in the food sector. By hosting these workshops, we want to ensure that traders are compliant with food and other related legislation in order to create a safer environment for the preparation and selling of food,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Councillor Grant Twigg.

Source: City Of Cape Town

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