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	<strong>By Ramatamo Wa Matamong</strong></p>
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	THE Greater Alexandra Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently held a one day workshop where they taught aspiring entrepreneurs how to run a successful small and medium enterprises. Their partners from risk assessment, insurance brokering, mentoring and legal sectors facilitated the workshop and where topics on the understanding of legal terms before signing contracts were discussed.</p>
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	“Sub-contracting, particularly in building projects is a big sector for growth, and we’ve realised that many previously disadvantaged business people are falling into a trap of not understanding what they should be looking out for,” said Fatima Laher, Pro Bono Manager for Bowman Gilfillan.</p>
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	Thabo Masombuka from the Construction Sector Charter Council said they are not happy with the level of transformation in the sector; therefore the omen lies with the emerging contractors to ‘ask tough questions’.</p>
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	“They must take up the challenge and push the boundaries. Transformation must be broadly integrated to accommodate emerging contractors who are not happy and frustrated, and this is the trend all over Gauteng,”</p>
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	One of the small contractors Clement Thipe said he has learnt a lot from the workshop.</p>
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	“Especially, from the insurance and the legal part of it where sometimes when you are on site and you experience payment delays,” he said.</p>
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	For information, please call: Greater Alexandra Chamber Commerce and Industry (GALXCOC) at 011 440 8103.</p>
Small and Emerging contractors empowered through Alex Chamber

By Ramatamo Wa Matamong

THE Greater Alexandra Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently held a one day workshop where they taught aspiring entrepreneurs how to run a successful small and medium enterprises. Their partners from risk assessment, insurance brokering, mentoring and legal sectors facilitated the workshop and where topics on the understanding of legal terms before signing contracts were discussed.

“Sub-contracting, particularly in building projects is a big sector for growth, and we’ve realised that many previously disadvantaged business people are falling into a trap of not understanding what they should be looking out for,” said Fatima Laher, Pro Bono Manager for Bowman Gilfillan.

Thabo Masombuka from the Construction Sector Charter Council said they are not happy with the level of transformation in the sector; therefore the omen lies with the emerging contractors to ‘ask tough questions’.

“They must take up the challenge and push the boundaries. Transformation must be broadly integrated to accommodate emerging contractors who are not happy and frustrated, and this is the trend all over Gauteng,”

One of the small contractors Clement Thipe said he has learnt a lot from the workshop.

“Especially, from the insurance and the legal part of it where sometimes when you are on site and you experience payment delays,” he said.

For information, please call: Greater Alexandra Chamber Commerce and Industry (GALXCOC) at 011 440 8103.

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