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

Annette Willemse -- Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:42

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  Business Chambers as well as the Sedibeng branch of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC) will join forces to host the first-ever Vaal Small Business Development Workshop on 30 June 2016. The theme of the workshop – which will be hosted at the NWU Vaal, is: “From hope to ideas”.

The event is open to all members of the community – from young adults and students looking for opportunities to grow their entrepreneurial ventures, to small and large business owners and, government officials.

The organising committee is headed-up by Dr Danie Meyer, a senior lecturer within Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus and founding member of the Vaal LED Warriors. Dr Meyer together with his support team will see to it that all local economic development role players – including Sasolburg Business Chamber, Sedibeng District Municipality, Emfuleni Local Municipality, Metsimaholo Local Municipality, 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 event will run from 8:00 - 16:30 and the cost is R50 per seat for pre-registration or R75 on the day of the event. Seats are limited!

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.  The programme includes several motivational speakers and workshops on idea generation and skills development. For more information please contact Dr Danie Meyer on 016 910 3393 or or Corrie Coetzer on 016 910 3393 or

You can pre-register online by visiting . Alternatively you can also register at NAFCOC: Sedibeng by visiting them at 122 Phase 1, Tshepiso in Sharpeville. Contact William at NAFCOC Sedibeng on 072 732 8959 or send him an email at

Dr Danie Meyer



North-West University Vaal Triangle Campus
Hendrik van Eck Boulevard
South Africa