Vaal Small Business Development Workshop aims to sow and grow Vaal’s business sector

Annette Willemse -- Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:13

Vaal Small Business Development Workshop aims to sow and grow Vaal’s business sector 

Small businesses have a big impact, especially in a country where economic freedom is still a mere aspiration for nearly 8.2 million unemployed South Africans. This startling statistic really hits home when one considers the reality that one in every three people in South Africa cannot find a sustainable job.

With this in mind the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) – and more so the bHive Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), the newly established Vaal Local Economic Development (LED) Warriors, the Vanderbijlpark, Sedibeng and Sasolburg Business Chambers as well as the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC) will join forces to host the first-ever Vaal Small Business Development Workshop on 8 June 2016. The theme of the workshop – which will be hosted at the Emerald Casino and Resort, is: “From hope to ideas”.

The organising committee is headed-up by Dr Danie Meyer, a senior lecturer within the School of Economic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus. Dr Meyer together with his support team will see to it that all local economic development role players – including local municipalities, entrepreneurs and small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, will take a seat around the table for the sake of socio-economic growth and sustainability within the Vaal Triangle region.

The purpose of the workshop is foremost to showcase local business success stories (and by doing so impart confidence on and motivate upcoming business owners), to embark on much-needed skills training and facilitate business idea development.  For more information please send an email to