Telkom invest millions in new innovation drive
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – TELKOM has invested more than R100 million in enterprise and supplier development with the launch of its FutureMakers programme.
Officials said FutureMakers focused on driving innovation in the ICT sector by growing access to technology and by offering long-term support to its beneficiaries.
Telkom Chief Executive Officer, Sipho Maseko, said his company wanted to enable, empower and inspire entrepreneurs to stretch their ambitions and make their business visions a reality.
“By growing entrepreneurial opportunities within ICT, we can create jobs, improve access to technology and develop a stable and competitive supply chain.
“FutureMakers serves the national vision for broadband and ICT development, while also supporting our own enterprise and supplier development (ESD) objectives,” Maseko said.
Minister for Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, applauded Telkom for this initiative.
“We hope other corporates will emulate Telkom’s example of giving practical expression to the national agenda of building strong and sustainable small businesses and co-operatives that will be engines of economic growth and job creation,” said Zulu.
FutureMakers supports small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) with funding, business development and telecommunications services.
According to Telkom, it works to identify and grow entrepreneurial opportunities across the ICT industry and within Telkom’s supplier value chains.
It is envisaged FutureMakers will leverage Telkom’s own national footprint of products and services, resources, and assets, by providing funding, business support, technology and mentoring.
The FutureMakers programme comprises four pillars: FutureFund, FutureSource, FutureHub and FutureProof.
“We believe that real innovation and transformation within the ICT sector demands a departure from the historically fragmented approaches of the past, towards more inclusive and coordinated ventures.
“Through the FutureMakers programme we are inviting members of the ICT community to join us as we embark on this exciting journey of transformation,” said Maseko.
– CAJ News
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