Emerging Contractors Networking Conference and Exhibition – 2017

Siya Mdlalose (MC), Darren Malay – PPC Marketing Assistant and Gerald Ndlovu – Black Suppliers Managing Director

Emerging Contractors Networking Conference and Exhibition – 2017

The partnership between PPC and Black Suppliers brought to the heart of Soweto the Emerging Contractors Networking Conference and Exhibition, which took place in July at Soweto Theatre in Jabulani.

The conference hosted business owners, community members and corporate sponsors. The keynote address was delivered by Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba, who expounded the importance of the construction industry as being one of the key industries for job creation and emphasised the importance of the private sector in ensuring the success of this industry.

The main objective of the Emerging Contractors Conference was to assist entrepreneurs with information on how to improve their businesses; how to identify and pitch for new business opportunities; equip them with the right skills; improve existing skills; and to provide a networking platform between start-ups, big corporates and service providers.

In addition the conference focused driving transformation in the construction industry and the development of small, medium and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) contractors. The conference also offered emerging SMME contractors unprecedented opportunities to find out about new projects opening for tender; learn about the latest available materials and technologies; develop soft and hard skills

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The Emerging Contractors Conference was a platform that Black Suppliers in partnership with the other sponsors and stakeholders have created to assist in opening doors for up-and-coming contractors, exposing them to current industry scenarios and to listen to what their challenges and struggles are so that solutions can be found.