by Pr Worx

Learning from the master

Mampho Selokoma to speak at ED Conference

Mampho Selokoma of Bustique 244


The substantial and sustainable support that Anglo American’s enterprise development arm, Zimele, provides to entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), will be demonstrated at the 2012 Enterprise Development (ED) conference when Bustique 244 owner, Mampho Selokoma, addresses attendees.


Selokoma will elaborate on the financial assistance and business guidance that Zimele has provided her company, which manufactures quality and tailor-made protective clothing for women, and operates within Gauteng and Northern Cape.


She notes that the opportunity to speak at the conference will not only provide a considerable boost to her career aspirations, but inspire others to match her business achievements.


“I am delighted to be granted the opportunity to speak at the 2012 Enterprise Development conference, as it will provide my business with critical exposure that it would not have received otherwise. Importantly, it will allow me to share with other aspiring business people who are in a similar position as myself, that through initiatives such as Zimele, they too, can obtain business success and sustainability, and contribute towards positive socio-economic change in their community.”


The 2012 Enterprise Development conference will be held on 7 and 8 November 2012, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. During this event, which Anglo American is co-sponsoring in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, around 350 delegates will be exposed to practical exercises and real-life examples of on-the-ground enterprise development successes.


The conference’s ultimate goal is to provide these delegates with the resources to unleash entrepreneurial activity in South Africa’s marginalised constituencies. This year’s conference represents the third time that this event is being held, having previously been called the Serious Leading Enterprise Development Conference.


Zimele has achieved noted success as a leader and champion in the enterprise development arena, having funded over 1,000 companies over the last four and a half years, and created and sustained almost 19,500 Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) jobs across a variety of industries.


Dr. Lia Vangelatos, acting head of Zimele, concludes that the conference will make a real difference to enterprise development in South Africa.


“The conference will essentially allow numerous important stakeholders to be far better versed in the intricacies of enterprise development.  Subsequently, these stakeholders will be equipped to develop the growth of this sector in South Africa, and facilitate and create wide-ranging positive economic and social impacts.”



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