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12/03/2018

Tsogo Sun - A Year Of Intense Training

The Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs programme has inducted 42 new beneficiaries from 30 different SMEs for a year of intense training, coaching, mentorship and support - to assist them to professionalise and grow their businesses. This brings to 242 the total number of entrepreneurs supported by the programme.

The inductees - 22 women and 20 men - attended a three-day induction at Tsogo Sun's Crowne Plaza The Rosebank hotel in Johannesburg from 31 January to 2 February.

This represented the commencement of the programme's 2018 development year, which incorporates the provision of customised analysis and strategic plans tailored to the specific needs of each enrolled business, business management courses provided by the University of Cape Town and facilitated by GetSmarter; Financial literacy courses through the Colour Accounting system, Microsoft Office courses, and
Sales & Marketing training.

The beneficiaries are each assigned a business analyst, a financial mentor and a leadership coach who work with them to implement their business strategies throughout the year.

Who are they?
This year's class of 2018 entrepreneurs is made up of 30 small businesses operating in provinces across six provinces in South Africa in a diverse range of market sectors that include: tourism, ICT, cleaning, professional services, manufacturing, retail, health and beauty, agriculture and secretarial and administrative services.

Candy Tothill, Tsogo Sun's GM of Corporate Affairs, says "Part of the value of such a diverse group is that it creates opportunities for the businesses to trade with each other.

She adds, "Job creation is increasingly crucial in South Africa, as unemployment has reached unprecedented levels, particularly among the youth. Through the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs programme, we identify and assist people running their own businesses to professionalise their operations in an effort to make them viable employers who are sustainable businesses and contributors to the growth of the country's economy.

At the same time, we encourage them to be "conscious" consumers who procure local products and services and support each other by keeping it local and proudly South African.

We are interested in changing their approaches from "managerial" mindsets to "leadership" mindsets, and so we motivate them to be fearless in their approach to growth with purpose. The programme provides them with the skills to enhance their strategic planning and performance and the wisdom to "pay it forward" by training them to become leaders in their communities. The role that the programme's mentors and coaches play in instilling these values is of great significance to the achievement of our objectives."

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