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PPC facilities training incubators in Tshwane

Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) has invested R5.2 million in the development of two construction training incubators in Tshwane, Atteridgeville and Mamelodi. The official ground breaking of the Atteridgeville construction site was done by Counsellor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor of Tshwane, at the Bricklaying Ceremony held on 21st November.

The five year project is aimed at improving the capacity of small scale entrepreneurs through a customised and dedicated training and capacity building programme, in order to improve competitiveness in the construction industry. It includes various stakeholders including the City of Tswhane, Development Bank of South Africa, and the Construction and Education Training Authority (CETA) amongst others.

In the planning stages of the project, PPC developed the business plan and conducted the project feasibility. A PPC project manager has also been assigned to provide expert skills and experience throughout the project. Qualified trainees from the programme will be placed at PPC and its associated companies to gain hands on experience.

At PPC, training and development is a key focus area to ensure that we are geared for growth in a competitive sector. Through the training incubators, youth will have access to resources that allows them to fulfil their career ambitions and reach their highest potential,” commented Nolwandle Mantashe PPC Executive: Transformation and Government Relations.

The training programmes curriculum will consist of three phases, including a tender phase, pre-construction and construction. Each phase deals with in-depth sections dealing with statutory regulations labour and staff compliance to site administration, and will be accredited by CETA.

The training incubators structures, previously underutilised council facilities, are anticipated to be 800 square meters that each house 30 offices for contractors, have a conference room, classrooms, a reception area and staff offices.

Business incubation has undeniably become one of the most viable mechanisms to develop previously disadvantaged small to medium enterprises in South Africa, and it is important for government to include private sector partnerships, as this will lead to rewards for success,” said Counsellor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor, City of Twshane.

The Executive Mayor further added, “The construction industry is one of the few sectors that showed resilience during the economic recession, and contributed R91 billion to the county’s gross domestic profit in 2010.”

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