Authority hold media tour to showcase beneficiaries
Last week, the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) hosted members of the media on an enlightening two-day tour, taking an in-depth look at nine LEA-assisted enterprises in the Serowe region.
Held on 7 and 8 May, the tour covered SMMEs operating in Shakwe, Serowe, Palapye and Mahalapye.
The idea was to allow media interaction with the various enterprises, in order to better understand the different types of assistance offered by LEA.
The toured businesses included: Chakanaka Farms, Diponeng Hotel, Task Manufacturers, Makwapa Investments, Copel Rancho, Serowe Canvas and Tents, Jago Master Griller, Jama Bakery and Zaka Zaka milling.
Speaking to Voice Money during the tour, Chakanaka Farm Director, Colin Moalosi revealed LEA have been an instrumental part of his business since 2015.
“They help with record keeping, business plans, improving customer service, technology audit and training,” highlighted a grateful Moalosi, who grows butternuts, tomatoes, green pepper, watermelon and maize on his Shakwe-based farm.
“LEA assisted us a lot. Even though they do not give money they help with other things that if the business does not have it collapses,” continued the farmer, a huge smile brightening up his wrinkled, weather-beaten face.
For her part, Diponeng Hotel owner, Gotweng Gabotale noted her six-year-old establishment has undergone a major transformation since LEA came on board in 2016.
“They offered us customer service coaching, trained our staff on how to handle difficult customers. They helped with empowerment, logo design, marketing and also put us on the map,” said Gabotale, who currently employs 16 people.
Located in Mahalapye, Diponeng Hotel boasts 13 bedrooms, a spacious conference room and a well-kept swimming pool. The hotel also offers breakfast, lunch and supper.
Another enterprise to benefit from LEA’s expertise is Copel Rancho.
Run by Cecilia Opelokgale, the Serowe-based initiative breeds broilers – chickens raised specifically for meat.
Founded in 2014, Opelokgale told Voice Money she joined LEA two years later.
“I presented my idea to them and they helped me with business records and also connected me with the bank for me to be funded. I was then funded by NDB. With LEA, you will never go wrong!”
Speaking on behalf of the authority, LEA Director, Corporate and Stakeholder Communications, Boikhutso Kgomanyane explained they were committed to promoting entrepreneurship and nurturing SMME development.