In response, we developed an Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) strategy to support small, medium and micro-sized businesses (SMMEs) of all kinds. Our aim is to embed our commitment to ESD across our business and maximise our contribution to the local economy while supporting the communities where we operate and also call home. Our efforts are meant to accelerate South Africa's transformation to a more just, equitable society.
In practical terms, we’re achieving this with a dedicated ESD department to identify procurement opportunities for SMMEs and deliver capacity building programmes. The SMME hub we launched at Saiccor Mill has been especially effective at supporting the development needs of SMMEs to do business with our Vulindlela expansion project. Our efforts are enhanced by our formal partnership with the government's Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).