Free tender workshop for Joburg SMMEs

​​​​​The Department of Economic Development’s Enterprise Development Unit, the Joburg Market Opportunity Centre and Old Mutual will hold a workshop on Friday, 01 September 2023, for small, medium and micro enterprises.

It will take place at Metro Centre, 158 Civic Boulevard, in Braamfontein from 8am to 2pm.

The workshop will offer participants insights into running a successful business, particularly when dealing with tender documents.

Participants will be exposed to effective tendering applications including writing, submitting a clear and compelling tender submission, interpreting and understanding the tender requirements and many more.

Akona Bovula, the Manager at the Opportunity Centre, said the collaboration with Old Mutual’s SMEgo will provide practical and hands-on guidance that empower participants to tackle these challenges head-on.

“We recognise the challenges that entrepreneurs and businesses face when it comes to managing financial paperwork, especially within the context of tender documents. This workshop is a manifestation of our commitment to supporting local businesses and individuals in their growth journey,” said Bovula.

The workshop is targeted at small businesses that face challenges in applying for tenders and are seeking alternate avenues for financial support.

Bovula said participants will also receive an introduction to the range of financial assistance programmes offered through Old Mutual SMEgo.

“They will be guided on how to effectively navigate the platform, including creating an account, submitting relevant information, and applying for the various financial assistance options available within the application.”

To learn from experts in the field and connect with fellow entrepreneurs who are on a similar journey, secure your space by reserving your seat at 083 702 9712.

MDDA opens the call for grant funding applications 2023/24

Closing date is on 17 July 2023, apply online or submit physically

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) will officially open the 2023/24 Call for Grant Funding Applications for a six-week period commencing from 05 June 2023.

Community broadcast media projects, including radio, TV, and community print publications, as well as small commercial print are invited to apply.

This year, the MDDA is celebrating twenty years of fulfilling its mandate by providing grant funding and other support, with the aim to encourage media ownership, access and control to media particularly by historically disadvantaged communities and diminished Indigenous language and cultural groups.

The agency will be introducing a few changes to this call for applications for both community print and community broadcast applications.

Grant Funding remains one of the core functions of the MDDA and is also one of the central factors towards ensuring successful empowerment, sustainability, and transformation of the community media sector. The application process will be conducted through compliant, cost-effective, and transparent selection procedures, in-line with corporate governance principles and compliance with the Agency’s legislative framework.

Community print applications: Due to the minimal budget for community print, the call to community projects will take a targeted approach and invite applications from four provinces.

“The MDDA will rotate the provinces every year after this call. All applications will be received on the MDDA’s online application system found on the MDDA website. The call is targeting organizations owned or focusing on youth, women and persons with disabilities related content. This year, the call is not accepting digital media applications under the print portfolio as it will be targeting communities which rely on hardcopy publications and publish in indigenous languages to assist further the mandate of media development and diversity in rural communities,” the agency stated.

Community Broadcast applications will still target all nine provinces.

How to submit your application

Applications will only be accepted via the following channels: emailed or physically delivered to the MDDA offices in Auckland Park (Gate 13, 26 Canary Road, Auckland Park, SABC GSM Building.)

The qualifying criteria is obtainable on the MDDA website, www.mdda.org.za.

For more information on the grant applications call, contact Mzu Kashe on the following e-mail: margaret@mdda.org.za / 082 785 6071.

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