[Mossel Bay, South Africa, 05 June 2019] Transnet National Ports Authority’s Port of Mossel Bay once again participated in the Mossel Bay Municipality’s annual SMME Expo on Friday, 31 May 2019, showcasing its services, unpacking its procurement processes and providing information on opportunities for SMME’s to conduct business with TNPA.
The Mossel Bay SMME Expo is held to foster the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. The port first participated in 2018 as part of its efforts to transform its supplier base and open up procurement opportunities to the youth, Black women, small businesses, people with disabilities and rural entities.
A presentation by Mthokozisi Ngcobo of TNPA brought expo attendees up to speed on business opportunities at the port for 2019/20. He also unpacked Transnet’s procurement mechanisms and outlined some of the challenges the parastatal experiences, such as limited capability, capacity and efficiency of local suppliers.
Upcoming SMME business opportunities at the Port of Mossel Bay include contracts for CCTV Repairs and Maintenance, Access Control Repairs and Maintenance, Slipway Maintenance, Gardening Services and a three-year contract for Plumbing.
“We will certainly be looking for more opportunities to explore the important role that can be played by SMMEs in our port and will endeavour to provide tools and resources that better enable these businesses to understand and comply with Transnet’s procurement mechanisms,” said Mossel Bay Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange.
Lynne-Ann Prins of the TNPA Mossel Bay Procurement department engaging with representatives of local SMMEs at the Mossel Bay Municipality SMME Expo.