As part of Transnet Enterprise and Supplier Development, Transnet has entered into the sixth year with its partnership with Productivity SA to support enterprises with business development and services. The enterprises targeted are from manufacturing, rail, port, pipelines and related supports services sectors. Transnet asset groups profile include: Locomotives and Wagons, Parts & Spares, Infrastructure (Rail and per ways), Material and Services, Ports facilities, Land, building and Civil Infrastructure, Machinery, Equipment and Pipelines, Telecommunications and Computer Equipment, Furniture, Security equipment, Overhead Track and Power Supply and related services commodities such as catering, management consulting, work wear etc.

For the past six years Productivity SA has been supporting 254 enterprises in all nine South African provinces and the project ends in 2020. Since the start of the programme in 2014, a total 195 enterprises qualified to participate in the programme. During the current 2019/20 financial year, 20 applicants were approved to a yearly target of 50.

The overall objective of the operational support initiative is to establish systems and procedures to address challenges affecting operational performance of suppliers that may be affecting product/service delivery to Transnet and contribute to economic growth and job creation.

The objective will be achieved through an 11 weeks’ programme aimed at the reduction of waste, and improving utilisation of resources, efficiency and quality. The initiative is 99% (R90750) subsidised by Transnet and is targeted at manufacturing black owned small medium enterprises.

The Transnet Enterprise Development Support initiative consists of four intervention:
• Financial assessment,
• Cost driver and Operations Analysis,
• Formalising core Processes and
• Performance Monitoring EWS

Productivity SA has also extended the relationship to other partners to leverage the value-added services the partners can provide. The partners are:

• Royal Bafokeng Enterprise Development (RBED): assisted with access to potential applicants and subsidize the 1% (R907.5) commitment required from an approved applicant/participant in the North West.
• Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) assisted with access and support with financial management systems, technology innovation and funding in the all provinces
• Gauteng Enterprise Development (GP): assisted with access to potential applicants IN Gauteng only
• Black Umbrellas, South African Furniture Industry (SAFI), MacSteel and Old Mutual Masisizane Fund: assisted with access to potential applicants;