Operational Overview

The objective of Business Development is to find business opportunities (marketing) for the Incubatees, ensuring that they comply with the requirements of the big companies and getting sustainable jobs for them.
We aim to procure as many opportunities as possible for our clients. Our focus for the current year was organising trainings such as QMS, Lean Manufacturing and business seminars to ensure they are well informed on how they can grow their businesses through networking and liaising with relevant people in the same industry.

Procured Opportunities

1. Manufacturing and Supply of Mini Lockers for Gold 1 Mine
Zimele Engineering was awarded an opportunity to supply Gold 1 with mini lockers.
After delivering, they were promised another job of the same scope.

2. Refurbishment of Mining Scrapers
The office was thrilled to finally secure an opportunity with Gold 1 Mine for an opportunity to refurbish scrapers, which was awarded to Zimele Engineering. It is a long-term contract that is contributing positively to the growth of the business (incubatee). The incubatee is refurbishing about 6 scrapers bi-weekly.
3. New Companies marketed to
- Denel (Aviation, Land Systems, PMP)
- Department of Trade & Industry
- Bevcan Nampak
- Coca-Cola
- Department of Education
- Lonmin
- National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)
- Huhtamaki
- Ekurhuleni Base Metals

Annual Performance Statistics

SMME Design Clinic Programme

The purpose of the program is to provide assessment that forms Seda. They can further invest in the business in its current state or new direction.
In the last year the GND Engineering, Happy Soaps, JS Aluminums, Lively Productions and Devine Conexion participated in the Design Clinic Programme.


10 incubatees were selected and given an opportunity to participate in the SABIC exhibition which took place on 10 March 2016, for the purpose of networking and marketing their businesses on exhibition stands.
Clients made contacts and some received RFQ’s, which we believe in future they will find opportunities to do business with potential clients that were met.

Macsteel Usizo Programme
Lepharo participated in the Usizo Programme. The purpose of the Usizo Networking programme was to connect SMMEs with big companies (stakeholders) and also for incubatees that are in the steel industry, or who use steel, to understand the purpose of being on the Usizo Programme. The programme allows businesses to get steel on credit and at a discount.
The BDO is facilitating the applications on behalf of the incubatees and ensuring that they are discounted every time they purchase steel at Macsteel.
They attended a forum in March 2016 where companies such as SEFA, SEIFSA, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and other big companies were in attendance.

Proudly SA Summit
This event provided the following for the SMMEs who attended:
- An opportunity to interact with business people, entrepreneurs and procurement decision makers
- Providing a central database of local suppliers in all sectors for all state organs and businesses, to use when procuring to ensure that they procure locally manufactured products and make use of local services

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