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Lurgi South Africa contributes to Open Africa

Lurgi South Africa contributes to Open Africa as beneficiary for funds resulting from Enshrine Placements’ Socio-Economic Development Strategy.

Open Africa knows that one of the greatest needs amongst emerging businesses in South Africa at the moment is job creation, capacity building and connecting to a market to ensure their success and long term sustainability. One of the greatest needs in South Africa is emerging enterprises as high unemployment figures and job creation take centre stage.  In February 2012 the Sunday Times launched the Each One Hire One Campaign to highlight the need for job creation and The National Development Plan wants to create 11-million jobs by 2030. Not a small feat!

Open Africa is responding to this need amongst the 2 400 enterprises in its network of 63 travel routes, currently working with about 30 emerging enterprises across the Rixile Culture to Kruger Route in South Africa’s Limpopo province.

Considered in this light, it makes sense that Lurgi South Africa chose Open Africa as beneficiary for funds resulting from Enshrine Placements’ Socio-Economic Development Strategy. Lurgi offers consultancy, market studies, product marketing, financial engineering, project management and contracting services, to name a few. Open Africa actively initiates strategies that assist emerging enterprises to connect to markets through tourism.

The project now has access to additional funds which will be used to:

  • further strengthen training capacity
  • enhance knowledge sharing and mentorship
  • increase links, connections and accessibility to markets

The enterprises in question offer products and services related to tourism such as accommodation, crafts and tour operating.  The anticipated impacts of supporting these initiatives are increased long term sustainability and job creation; just what South Africa needs.

With the generous support of organisations like Lurgi, Open Africa can continue to provide the services so needed by these growing businesses.  Thank you Lurgi for contributing to getting Africa to work.

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