On the 18th of June, the MEDO Mobile Entrepreneurship Centre – or Treppie – travelled to the tiny town of Delmas in Mpumalanga. The tour was sponsored by United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) as part of UKTI and MEDO’s bid to small business support programmes to entrepreneurs all across South Africa.
The community of Botleng was thrilled to welcome MEDO and have the opportunity to get a taste of what Treppie and the MEDO team has to offer. While agriculture, trade and mining are the main sources of employment in this region, unemployment is still a huge challenge, with especially young people being left to find their own sources of income and create more jobs in the community.
The Mobile Team were warmly welcomed by those who visited the truck in the week it was there. “They are so happy to have us here and many say they never thought that anyone cared to bring such opportunities to their area,” says Treppie Manager, Bridget Makgare. While many of the young people the team spoke to were still looking to start a business, existing businesses ranged from Crafters, Tuckshops, Event Management services and Construction companies.
The enthusiastic visitors couldn’t wait to be exposed to new opportunities, see what possibilities are out there for them – as many have never ventured outside the area – and find out more about how to start a business. They could make use of the free internet on the truck and were helped to create their own e-mail addresses if they had a business.
The more than 30 entrepreneurs who applied for the MEDO Entrepreneurship Programme said they are looking forward to MEDO returning, joining the MEDO programme and getting the help they need to take their businesses to greater heights.