SASA SUPPORTS SMALL BLACK BUSINESSES

Cedric Mboyisa


As part of its contribution to job creation, enterprise and supplier development, the South African Sugar Association (SASA) is helping grow and nurture small black businesses.


SASA offers these small enterprises training and work opportunities by enlisting their services as one of the organisation’s service providers. Currently, SASA is working with Ubumbano Oluhle Cooperative and Greenbury Carwash. 




Top: Greenbury Carwash provides an environmental onsite service for SASA’s business vehicles.

Second left: SASA Procurement Manager Charmaine Govender, SASA Procurement Expeditor Shereen Mbatha, and SASA Communications and Media Manager Cedric Mboyisa handing over equipment to Ubumbano Oluhle Cooperative Deputy Secretary Philani Nhleko and Ubumbano Oluhle Cooperative Chairman Siphamandla Nhleko.

Third right: Ubumbano Oluhle Cooperative’s landscaping services has been contracted to maintain the Morewood Memorial Gardens for a period of three years


SASA has brought smiles to the faces of five township previously unemployed young men who are members of Ubumbano Oluhle Cooperative. As part of SASA’s vision to create an enterprise to empower black people to offer enhanced services to other businesses in the general market place including SASA as a service provider, the cooperative has been contracted to maintain the Morewood Memorial Gardens for the services of landscaping for a period of three years.


“Sessions were held with the Chairperson of the cooperative and the rest of the members to assist in relevant skills development, coaching and mentoring, and in-depth training of the Health and Safety Act,” said SASA Finance Manager Marilyn Piaray.


SASA has provided the following equipment to the Co-operative: includes 5 x STIHL Brush cutters, STIHL chainsaw, personal protective equipment including boots, gloves, face shields, overalls, hard hats, and consumables for the equipment. 



SASA’s policy to procure from BBBEE suppliers led us to locate a small car wash, Greenbury Carwash, situated at a petrol station in close proximity to SASA, to provide such services to SASRI. The car wash is 100% black owned with 50% female ownership.


According to Piaray, the vehicles utilised by the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) division often carry samples of cane which results in it becoming quite messy and in need of a good wash. SASA’s policy to procure from BBBEE suppliers led us to locate a small car wash, Greenbury Carwash, situated at a petrol station in close proximity to SASA, to provide such services to SASRI. The car wash is 100% black owned with 50% female ownership.


“Soon afterwards, SASA identified the need for other divisional cars to be washed and investigated the waterless car wash solution which is an environmentally friendly option. It was important to have this service onsite for business vehicles and it was an added benefit to our employees to have their cars washed while at work. Employees spend about two hours at a carwash over the weekend and this solution was far more convenient and safe,” said Piaray.


She added: “Due to Greenbury Carwash meeting all the required criteria and being a current reliable and competitively priced supplier, it was agreed that the supplier be developed to offer an enhanced service to SASA.” Equipment provided by SASA to the Car wash includes an Ecowash Mobile Dispensing Unit (MDU), consumables for one year and personal protective equipment including boots, gloves, overalls and T-shirts. “We are very excited about this opportunity. This is the best thing that has happened to us so far. We are very happy,” said Vinothan Pillay, co-owner of the carwash.


SASA is committed to the ongoing development of these suppliers and will continue to provide mentoring and support to further develop them. 



Cedric Mboyisa

Cedric is the Communications & Media Manager, External Affairs, South African Sugar Association.




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