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What is the name of your company or organisation?
Empowerment Gateway Group
What is your position in your company or organisation?
CEO and Founder
What does your company of organisation do?
We are an hybrid organisation, a consulting group, focusing on development, reduction of unemployment and poverty alleviation and we beleive that SME development is an effective tool to address those constraints.

We have started the only South African union for SMEs, an advocacy and development platform of support.
In which African countries does your company or organisation operate?
We have build relationships in all the countries in Africa since we undertook a research project for the United Nations Global Compact in cooperation with GTZ from Germany, UNISA and Barlowworld.

In addition we have built contacts worlwide with over 200 000 civic organisations.
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Are you Selling your products or services to NGOs, Civic Organisations and SMEs? Read on ...

About the Procurement Gateway - Civic Society, NGO and SME's Buying Group

Some feedback:

We started this project 3 months ago, because we ourselves as a civic organisation faced various challenges reaching a wide net of potential suppliers for the Adopt-a-Pothole program … we just didn’t have enough information about you as a “supplier”; neither did we have any relevant information on other potential suppliers for the project.

We started by… Continue

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 9:22pm

An Invite to Submit an Application for Consideration as a Supplier in the Adopt-a-Pothole Aproved Supplier List

Empowerment Gateway is inviting registrations of interest from individuals and businesses in South Africa that would like to be considered for registration in the Adopt-a-Pothole approved suppliers list.

Only provisionaly approved, approved or certified suppliers will be invited to tender for the supply of goods and services to the programme.

The procurement process for the goods and services listed below will commence in the last week in September 2009, with most… Continue

Posted on September 6, 2009 at 7:58am

What Does BEE and POTHOLES have in common?

Dear Colleague

We have received numerous requests to run another information workshop in Secunda again, and we are inviting you to attend.

If you are typical … like others, you still view BEE compliance as a painful inconvenience.

After all you have a business to run, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the operational things that your business requires you to do, never mind having to worry about being BEE compliant.

But… Continue

Posted on July 9, 2009 at 12:30pm

Press Release: All Potholes lead ... to BEE Compliance via the Adopt-a-Pothole project

Introducing the launch of the "Adopt-a-Pothole" programme in South Africa by the Empowerment Gateway Group. The project aims to create 20000 jobs and to repair 6 million potholes in the South African road infrastructure while meeting UN-MDG's guidelines.

South Africa, Tuesday 16 June 2009 – The Empowerment Gateway Group announced today that they have received the much-awaited authorization from the Govan Mbeki municipal council in Mpumalanga, to repair potholes in the… Continue

Posted on June 17, 2009 at 8:41pm

A bit more about the Adopt-a-Pothole project

The Adopt-a-Pothole is a new Social-Economic Enterprise, created by Empowerment Gateway, which addresses key fundamental needs in South Africa, being road infrastructure maintenance, and the alleviation of unemployment and poverty in local communities.

The project has been designed as a practical business and enterprise development incubator, and it will recruit, train and mentor unemployed individuals as business unit caretakers, admin and support officers, and pothole doctors in… Continue

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 11:04pm

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At 4:15am on October 19, 2009, Ahmad Raza Khan said…
Hi Laurinda,

Thank you for the warm welcome message, I really appreciate it.

I would like to keep in contact with you. I plan on coming back to South Africa and opening a business of my own and I think I can learn a lot from you and what your organisation does.

Again, thank you and look forward to keeping in touch.

At 2:33pm on July 24, 2009, Marilyn Jones said…
Hi Laurinda,

I have sent you a friend request – hope you accept :o) - I would love to network with you and exchange ideas.

If you would like to visit my profile page you are most welcome and I would love your comment should you feel like posting one.

If you have any questions about the online business I am involved in or would like to try it out for free then please let me know.


At 2:06pm on May 27, 2009, Carl Muller said…

I do self empowerment training in Pretoria.

At 5:10pm on May 10, 2009, Marita Oosthuizen said…
Hi Laurinda

Thanks, I surely will check your stuff out. Please keep me in the loop.

At 2:39pm on May 8, 2009, Phindile Mchunu said…
Hi Laurinda,thank you for the warm response,very motivating..I would like to re-read and respond to the msg,will do so when i get the time after work,so will revert soonest.
At 12:34pm on May 2, 2009, Bernice Blake said…
Dear Laurinda,
Doing well thank you and you?
It's great to connect like this and keep in touch.
Kind Regards
At 12:26pm on March 29, 2009, Adele said…
Good Day
We have recently opened our doors to a Female Body guarding services. What my aim for the future is to create employment for females and to give them empowerment with what they will do. We deal closely with another company who supplies training for such. I would like females to know that this is not just a male dominated business and woman can also be professional doing this. If you know of how we can promote JAD to areas that will enjoy females in taking the righ steps for a better future.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

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