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CHRISTMAS COME EARLY FOR KASI WORKSHOPS

 

Filpro delivered its promise to informal service centres in the Township; by helping small business entrepreneurs to grow. SABB Motors was one of the workshops who received an early Christmas this Year. SABB Motors operates in Diepkloof near Bara Taxi Rank in Soweto.  It attracts clients from all over Soweto and surrounding areas. SABB Motors services, Diagnosis and repairs of all makes of vehicles.

The Filpro team dedicated Two Days in November to revamp SABB Motors workshop by cleaning, painting walls and floor space to give it a fresher look. The Director and Owner of SABB Motors; Mr Bethuel Nematondoni was delighted to see the commitment from the team being hands on throughout the process. All the scrap metal was taken out from the workshop and taken to a Scrap yard in exchange for money. The amount received from Scrap yard was R650.00 which was deposited back into business account.

Mr Nematondoni and his assistance Mr Baldwin Malange have been committed to the Filpro programme since they joined in 2012 and they were one of the first mechanics to join the programme during its inception phase. They attended all trainings offered by Filpro and they were among the group who went for the first GUD factory in Durban in 2012.
 

   

 General Operations Manager for Filpro painting one of the program participant workshop

   

 Filpro Project Coordinator- Laurelle Mcnamara showing her skill on painting

   

 

Spare Shop Opening

Marubini Motor Spares

One of Filpro (Pty) Ltd.’s strategies is to assist non-franchised Parts Sales Centres with business growth sustainability and infrastructure.
Joyce Mogale, a female Entrepreneur from Venda found a location in Thohoyandou, where she identified a gap in the market of a spare shop that would sell OEM quality products. After conducting a survey of the area, she found that there were 12 spare shops, a majority of which were selling non-genuine spare parts, this leading to the opening of Marubini Motor Spares.

Through this initiative, Filpro joined ventures with Marubini Motor Spares as part of the Enterprise Development Strategy, aiming to create a direct linkage with wholesalers, which will sell genuine OEM Approved Parts to the spare shop. This will not only be enabling the growth of Marubini Motor Spares but will enhance development for mechanics in the area.

On the 16th of October 2013, Filpro assisted Mrs. Mogale with the store launch by hosting a customer evening, where 39 mechanics that were identified in Thohoyandou and surrounding areas were invited. Filpro assisted Marubini Motor spares with signage for the shop as well as branding for the inside of the store to attract a customer base.
The customer evening formed an integral part of advertising, showcasing the newly opened establishment. Extensive questions from mechanics on pricing, quality asked together with suggestions given on flexible operating hours were given to Mogale who will be running the shop with the help of her son as well as newly appointed staff members from the community.

Mechanics also took the opportunity to mention hardships encountered in the spare shop market, such as not being able to find genuine spare parts for their customers, thus hindering their business growth.

Marubini Motor Spares has embodied the fundamentals of the Filpro (Pty) Ltd Enterprise Development Strategy by means of alleviating poverty and empowering the community together with its economic growth

 
           

 

Metso Minerals South Africa approached Filpro (Pty) Ltd to roll out the Enterprise Development programme in the Northern Cape, Rustenburg and the Vereeniging. The aim of the programme is capacitate mechanical and automotive related SMME’s.



Service delivery activities that will take place include Training and Mentorship interventions such as:
•    Product training
•    Basic Business Training
•    Finance Training
•    Entrepreneurship Workshops
•    Company Registrations with CIPC
 


We will aspire to empower and develop SMME’s through:
•    Practice of Just-in-time skills transfer
•    Sound Methodology
•    Well-designed programmes
•    Customisation of curricula
•    Constant quality evaluation
•    Integrated interventions which ensure maximum impact.
 


We will facilitate learning through the use of practical, workplace-related and easily understandable product and business training material, with a focus on just-in-time capacity building.  SMME’s are to be given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the workplace immediately, thus improving their performance before assessment and follow-up training take place.