by Pr Worx

ED indaba concludes

Anglo American tops Enterprise Development stakes

Anglo American SA's executive director, Khanyisile Kweyama, addressed delegates at the indaba.

Anglo American’s commitment to enterprise development and the group’s support for the 2012 Enterprise Development (ED) Conference, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is making a real difference in fostering best practice in ED sector across South Africa.

The Anglo American Group is recognised as a thought-leader and champion in the enterprise development arena, with the company’s enterprise development arm, Zimele, having funded over 1,000 companies over the last four and a half years.

From 7-8 November, around 350 delegates learnt first-hand how best to use their resources for entrepreneurial activity in South Africa. The conference featured practical exercises and real-life examples of on-the-ground enterprise development successes.

In addition, the Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale addressed delegates on the topic of Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) as a key to economic growth. The DTI Deputy Director General, Sipho Zikode, also shared government policy and initiatives around the role of Enterprise Development and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) in transforming the South African economy.

Lia Vangelatos, acting head of Zimele, said that the conference made an important contribution to facilitating wide-ranging positive economic and social impacts for South Africa.

“Anglo American is proud to support the 2012 ED conference, and maintains that this is a critical platform on which to raise standards, heighten awareness, share experiences in enterprise development, and educate all stakeholders on the various complexities that are prevalent in the sector.

“Ultimately, the practical exercises and knowledge shared over the duration of the conference will help develop the growth of ED in South Africa, and help create a positive legacy for our country by generating numerous positive socio-economic spin-offs.”

The conference took place over two days at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng.

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