Proudly SA business forum comes to Bfn

CEO of Proudly South African, Eustace Mashimbye, takes the stage. PHOTO: PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN

A Proudly South African business forum will be hosted in Bloemfontein with the aim of supporting local small businesses. The event is a part of the larger campaign by the organisation to increase local procurement in both the public and private sectors.

According to Proudly South African’s Public Relations Officer, Tshiamo Ndlovu, a better economy needs consumers to buy more local goods and services. “Proudly South African aims to increase the uptake of locally made goods and services by consumers, the public sector as well as the private sector, in order to help grow the country’s economy and help with the unemployment challenge our country faces,” he said.

The provincial business forum is described as an atmosphere ripe for inter-trading. “Our provincial business networking forums are aimed particularly at the private sector, especially SMEs, where we not only create an atmosphere for inter-trading but also arrange presentations from our partners from various organisations who present on the financial and non-financial opportunities and programmes they have available for businesses to take advantage of,” he added.

Local businesses will be presented by representatives of various organisations from different industries. “We aim to bring along organisations such as the CIPC, Seda, Sefa and the Economic Development Department among others. As things stand we have confirmation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as well as the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for the Bloemfontein leg of the Proudly SA Business Forum,” said Ndlovu.

The business networking forum on 29th January 2020 will give small businesses the opportunity to connect with existing member companies in the province and with any company interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming part of the movement.
Another forum will be held on 30 January 2020 where Proudly South African will address public sector procurement and supply chain officials with regard to their roles and responsibilities.

Both events will take place at the Protea Hotel in Bloemfontein with registration from 08:00. Attendance is free of charge, but delegates are requested to register beforehand by sending an RSVP to

Nomaqhawe Mtebele