The CETA held its inaugural SMME Summit on 28 March at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. The Summit put the spotlight on the current SMME landscape in the construction industry and served as a platform to discuss and understand the existing concerns and barriers to growth and sustainability for small businesses in the sector.

The aim of the Summit was to present the CETA’s draft five-year strategy on SMME Development within the Construction sector, and importantly to engage with industry stakeholders; thereby ensuring that the strategy developed is appropriate to the industry and provides relevant support.

Delegates at the Summit represented Government, SMME’s, professional and voluntary bodies, and industry experts. The Summit included participation in a number of Commissions covering topics such as technical competence; entrepreneurial acumen; business regulations; seed capital and financial management; driving market access opportunities; and leveraging professional bodies to support growth and enhance synergies.

All inputs received on the day will be tabled for inclusion in the CETA’s five-year strategy on SMMEs within the built environment space.

CETA Chairperson Mr Raymond Cele opened the Summit, marking the Summit as a new era for the CETA, as it embarked on innovation skills development.

Messages of support where delivered by the Chief Director of Small Business Development, Ms Nomvula Makgotlho and the key note address was given by Chief Director: EPWP Infrastructure Sector, Mr Ignatius Ariyo.

Dr Thandi Ndlovu, the CEO of Motheo Construction, opened the presentation of the draft strategy by giving an overview of the current environment within the Construction Sector. Acting CEO Mr Robert Semenya presented the draft five-year strategy and indicated that the interventions proposed will equip the CETA to improve their efficiencies and better serve the needs of players in the built environment sector.

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