SMMEs: Bridging the Digital Gap for Township-Based Businesses

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Date: October 2022

Bridging The Digital Gap For Township-based SMMEs, Tarsus On Demand is partnering with the SAtion ecosystem and Microsoft to offer a free, day-long business development workshop for 40 SMMEs based in townships in and around Johannesburg. The workshop, which takes place on November 11, aims to equip tech entrepreneurs with skills and resources to grow their businesses.


This initiative builds on the existing agreement between SAtion and Tarsus On Demand to help drive growth and digital transformation in South Africa’s SMME sector. SAtion draws together stakeholders in the private and public sectors to discuss, coordinate and implement Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) projects.

The free workshop aims to equip township tech SMMEs with knowledge and skills to build systems that help them streamline their workflows, communicate more effectively with their customers, and gain better insights into their operations, market, and competition. Yiedi’s Mbekezeli Khumalo—who has more than 12 years of experience in start-ups, incubation and acceleration—will facilitate.


Participants will receive tips and tricks on the following: 

  • Business Strategy – Developing your vision, mission, and strategic priorities for your business
  • Go-to-market Strategy – Business development and sales
  • Finance – Creating the perfect financial strategy
  • Marketing – The importance of a social media presence
  • Modern work collaboration tools

Mpho Nyembe, Brand & Program Manager at Tarsus On Demand, comments: “A thriving SMME sector is a key to addressing the challenges of unemployment, poverty, and inequality in South Africa.

To harness the potential for SMMEs as an engine for inclusive growth, we need to break down the obstacles entrepreneurs face as well as equip them with the resources they need to become globally competitive.

“This initiative with SAtion and Microsoft is one of the ways we are helping to expose SMMEs to best business practices and equip them with the skills and tools to thrive in the digital economy. We are looking forward to working with our partners to help these emerging businesses scale and succeed through digital technology and cutting-edge strategies,” says Nyembe.

Justine Grimmer the Programme Lead of the SAtion ecosystem, says: “Township SMMEs have enormous potential to drive growth and create jobs. However, all too many face challenges accessing the data and resources that they need to make informed business decisions, optimise costs, drive innovation and reach customers.

“We are, for that reason, pleased to be working with Tarsus On Demand and Microsoft to equip SMMEs with practical, actionable advice about how they can streamline the management of their businesses and grow revenues in a volatile world. By helping more SMMEs to thrive, we can advance sustainable employment and create a more prosperous future,” says Grimmer.

SAtion is an NPO and partnership between government and business enablers with the aim of digitalising SA for inclusive economic growth.

Event details 


Date: 11 November 2022

Time: 9h00 to 15h00

Venue: Tarsus Technology Group Offices (Woodmead)

Transport will be provided.  Book your seat now!

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