The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) which allows both organisations to share resources, and for the AIDC to provide technical expertise to the beneficiaries of Seda’s Supplier Development Programme (SDP) and Manufacturing Support Programme (MSP).
In this way, participating beneficiaries can benefit from improved business efficiency and productivity, reduced cost to supply, enhanced use of technology, improved quality of products and contribute to creating jobs, amongst others.
Seda has taken on the challenge of job creation in the SMME space, hence they partnered with the AIDC in order to take their mandate forward.
The AIDC is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), an entity owned by Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development. It was established as a government support centre to increase the local automotive industry’s global competitiveness and to promote Gauteng as the automotive industry investment destination of choice.
The AIDC has vast experience in Enterprise and Supplier Development programmes, and has worked closely with various tertiary and training institutions, international agencies such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to develop and implement programmes addressing the needs of the local manufacturing industry.
The AIDC also specialises in supplier incubation programmes such as the Ford Incubation Centre, Winterveld Enterprise Hub. It is currently establishing an incubation hub at Nissan SA’s plant in Rosslyn.
Speaking at the MoA signing ceremony, Dineshan Moodley, Executive for Industry Development at the AIDC, said that the AIDC was privileged to enter into an agreement with Seda. “Every government organisation wants to make an impact, and when two entities partner in a very structured and organised method, we can create a mutually rewarding and fruitful relationship,” said Moodley. “Our key strength is developing the manufacturing sector. Both organisation share the same objectives and we believe that the AIDC’s tried-and-tested programmes can further supplement Seda’s offerings,” he added.
Seda’s Sibusiso Kunene, Executive Manager: Enterprise Development Division, noted that by formalising a relationship with the AIDC, he was confident that both organisations can make inroads to support our SMMEs. “We want to support SMMEs and help them to grow, hence we believe that strategic partnerships with organisations, such as the AIDC, can assist us to meet these goals,” Kunene explained. “By assisting our SMMEs to become more sustainable, we are also creating jobs,” he said.
AIDC CEO, Barlow Manilal, expressed his eagerness to the partnership which should result in socio-economic impact that exceeds the expectations of all parties.
As part of the partnership agreement, the AIDC will transfer skills and knowledge to both Seda practitioners and clients to ensure sustainability of these programmes, post implementation. The signing of the MoA has effectively established a symbiotic relationship between the two organisations and will increase both organisation’s impact for the advancement of small enterprise development in South Africa.
ISSUED BY: Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) and THE SMALL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (Seda)
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Date: Monday, 02 February 2015
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