THE South African Forestry Company (Safcol) says the tools supplying project that they have launched in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will play a vital role in developing black-owned small companies in the province.
Six black-owned forestry contractors at Platorand Training Centre (Sabie) received business equipment during the event that was held in Sabie earlier this month (July 04).
“The fascinated contractors dream to procure tools for their businesses have come to pass as SAFCOL’s partnership with UNIDO fulfilled this vision. The much-needed tools tendered to the contractors include machinery, diesel tankers and protective clothes,” said Safcol CEO Tsepo Monaheng.
“The assets have been procured through UNIDO with the funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. UNIDO is the implementing agent of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization, and environmental sustainability,” said Monaheng. Monaheng said the goal of the programme was to develop small businesses in forestry for the generation of green jobs, by upskilling contractors and provide them with funding of resources.
“Besides developing small businesses, the scheme stands to drive an impact in the community through job creations. With the start-up tools given to us today, our company will now employ more people, as we are currently feeding about 2500 families through the jobs created,” said one of the beneficiaries Cenisile Mdluli.
Safcol is also in partnership with the University of Mpumalanga, which also made it possible for the beneficiaries to complete a six-month short learning programme, and are set to graduate at the end of July.
“Our position as a catalyst of rural development and initiatives like this one does not end with the delivery of the equipment, it will proceed with prolonged workshops and frequent report in monitoring the success of these businesses,” said Monaheng.
Seunghwan Jung from UNIDO said that if the contractors can continue with their ambitious force, their businesses will bring change to a lot of people.