SAA offers another supplier engagement summit

SAA to host another supplier engagement summit – an initiative to nurture and develop black business, entrepreneurs and industrialists

South African Airways (SAA) continues its drive to expose small to medium enterprises, especially those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, to the procurement opportunities on offer at the national carrier, through a series of supplier summits throughout the country.

In support of the country’s national developmental goals, SAA is inviting small to medium enterprises (especially those who are 50% or more *black, black women, youth-owned, disabled people and military veterans-owned businesses) to the North West Province Supplier Engagement Summit.

The summit will provide an opportunity for small to medium enterprises to engage directly with the SAA Group Buyers, network and share experiences with other black-owned businesses.

In due course, SAA hopes to see an increasing number of small to medium enterprises enlist on the airline’s database of potential suppliers, thereby improving the mix and size of its potential supplier database. It is SAA’s view that small to medium enterprises of the profile described above will bid when the airline invites either the Request For Quotes (RFQ) and Request For Proposal (RFP) tenders.

Today SAA will run the sixth supplier summit in Mahikeng (North West) as part of this nationwide initiative. This will be the first supplier engagement summit in the North West Province.

The initiative, introduced in June this year, is the first of its kind in the South African aviation industry, says Tlali Tlali, SAA spokesperson. “We believe that there are a multitude of talented, skilled and successful black-owned businesses in South Africa – a collective with whom we can engage and together work towards realising our country’s true potential”. Beyond the development of small to medium enterprises, SAA (in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with whom the airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding) seeks to also support the development of large sized black-owned industrialists under the DTI’s Black Industrialist (BI) Programme upon this scheme receiving the necessary government approvals.

The first of the series of summits kicked off in Midrand, Johannesburg and, soon thereafter, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Mbombela followed. Today’s summit in Mahikeng will be held from 10:00 until 16:00 at the Mmabatho Convention Centre, Cnr Dr James Moroka and Stadium Rd, Montshiwa, Mahikeng.

This initiative marks – for the first time in the history of South African aviation – a concerted effort to seek out, nurture and develop black business, entrepreneurs and industrialists. The DTI shares the platform with SAA at the summits.

The future of South Africa is largely dependent on state-owned enterprises nurturing small to medium enterprises. “Incentivising and encouraging the growth of small business, innovation and entrepreneurship are important factors for driving economic prosperity considering that these businesses represent a significant portion of both the formal and informal sector – it employs the majority of South Africans,” says Tlali.

Insights from the 2013 study by Oxford Economics show that the SAA Group contributes R9,2 billion to the South African GDP (0,3%) of which R1,6 billion is contributed through spending by employees and the company’s supply chain. The study also notes that 16 400 jobs are created directly through SAA’s supply chain.

Black includes: African, Coloured and Indian

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