MTN Supplier Development and Accelerator Programs Expand to Mpumalanga

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MTN’s supplier development and accelerator program will now serve more than 35 small tech companies in the Mpumalanga province in South Africa. These initiatives are part of a three-year project for economic empowerment of young black entrepreneurs, and are in accordance with the National Development Plan’s poverty alleviation goals.

The program helps young companies (1-2 years old) owned by black youth in the country develop their businesses. In partnership with New Generation Mindset, the programs also offer skills training and mentorship.

David Mphelo, General Manger of public sector MTN business, sees this as a good way to address the country’s youth unemployment problem. “We have taken the strategic approach of investing in the social development of the country by providing intensive business skills training and developmental support to entrepreneurs through the SDP and AP initiatives,” he says, going on to say that this will also further overall sustainable development in the country.

MTN’s programs are more than just for show. Alpheus Mangale, MTN Business’s chief enterprise officer, says they genuinely hope to make an impact on the economy and develop the potential of these businesses.

Source: Regina Paazvakavambwa, ITWeb Ltd.