Woza Woza Business Development Support Centre opportunities

A Business Development Support Centre (BDSC) is to be integrated into the current Woza Woza Tourism hub in Mooi River. This will present an opportunity to create a more inclusive tourism sector while helping to transform other sectors in and around Mooi River.

The BDSC will be managed and co-owned by a Business Co-ordinator. The appointment in this position is a critical part of the implementation of the centre, to be facilitated by Africa!Ignite and N3 Gateway Tourism Association, and funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The Business Co-ordinator will run the day-to-day operations of the BDSC while providing critical support to entrepreneurs.

The business centre will be co-owned by a Market Access Co-ordinator, also a critical position to the implementation of the business centre. The Market Access Co-ordinator’s primary function is to assist SMMEs and emerging enterprises in and around Mooi River to improve marketability and market access.

More information on the key requirements and responsibilities, and how to apply for both positions runs in the copy below.

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WOZA-WOZA BDSC OPPORTUNITY
POSITION: Business Coordinator, WOZA-WOZA Centre, Mooi River

The Business Development Support Centre (BDSC) at Woza-Woza will be managed and co-owned by the Business Coordinator. The appointment of a Business Coordinator is a critical part of the implementation of BDSC, which is facilitated by Africa!Ignite and N3 Gateway Tourism Association, and funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

BACKGROUND
The BDSC, which will be integrated into the current WOZA-WOZA tourism hub, presents a viable opportunity to create a more inclusive tourism sector while helping to transform other sectors in and around Mooi River.
The BDSC will provide important business support services to the businesses at WOZA-WOZA, the greater Mooi River / Mpofana community and further afield into the regions mentioned above. It will contribute to much needed job creation, enterprise development and transformation in the tourism sector, while providing critical services to other sectors in the area. The BDSC will, amongst other things, provide:
• Business support services for tourism and supply-chain entrepreneurs (including e.g. IT access, networking opportunities, assistance with business registration, writing business plans, business registration advice and financial management advice);
• Networking opportunities/gathering in shared space;
• Enterprise-development and tourism-sector training programmes offered by N3 Gateway, other partners and municipalities;
• Mentorship and support (involving N3 Gateway, local commercial and other support partners);
• Micro-loan facilitation (possibly satellite of ABSA Bank’s Enterprise Development Centres);

The communities of Bruntville and Mooi River are strategically important stakeholders in the economic development of the N3 corridor, and the BDSC is set to catalyse more inclusive economic participation. The project has been endorsed by the Mpofana Mayor and Municipal Manager, as it is seen as a strategic project to support growth, development and poverty alleviation within Mooi River.

REQUIREMENTS
The Business Coordinator will run the day-to-day operations of the BDSC while providing critical support to entrepreneurs. The successful candidate:
• Must be a resident of Bruntville / Mooi River area with extensive knowledge of the district.
• Should have experience of running a business and of managing staff.
• Should have a minimum of a matric certificate. Other relevant qualifications will be an added advantage.
• Should have a valid driver’s license and access to own transport are prerequisites.
• Should have had previous involvement in tourism, retail or arts and culture; and previous involvement in similar projects will be an added advantage.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• To take ownership of the business and its growth through hands-on, entrepreneurial involvement.
• To run the BDSC as viable and sustainable enterprise and to manage staff.
• To maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders.
• To assist businesses with compliance requirements e.g. business registration, tax registration, loan application etc.
• To support businesses with services such as printing, binding, internet access etc.
• To manage the small craft production and manufacturing business support (IT access, production facilities, raw materials provision, design and product development service, packaging etc.);
• To manage the training venue (renting out as well as hosting scheduled and advertised training programmes);
• To work with the local tourism information office to market and promote tourism, arts and crafts in and around Mooi River.

SPECIFICS OF THE CONTRACT
• This will be a full-time position and it is not a salaried position, but an owner-entrepreneur position. Initially, a portion of the monthly income could be supplemented by the project, but within 12 months, the business itself should generate adequate income to support the incumbent’s salary in full.
• Application information: Interested candidates should submit up-to-date CVs plus copies of their certified Identity Document, matric certificate, driver’s license and any other relevant qualifications.
• The candidates should also submit a short covering letter motivating why they are suitable for the position. In addition, the covering letter should contain a short essay (not more than 350 words) on how the candidate would engage local businesses and community members to utilize the services offered by the BDSC and how the candidate propose income is generated by the BDSC.
• All applications should be addressed to Niki Glen. These can be e-mailed to nikig@n3gateway.com.
• Due date: By 12:00, on 4 February. Please mark the document for attention Niki Glen, N3 Gateway Tourism Association.
Short-listed candidates will be expected be subject to an intensive evaluation process.
• For any queries, please contact Niki Glen 079 872 3160 or Wilna Botha 082 828 4994

WOZA-WOZA BDSC OPPORTUNITY
POSITION: Market Access Coordinator, WOZA-WOZA Centre, Mooi River

The Business Development Support Centre (BDSC) at Woza-Woza will be co-owned by the Market Access Coordinator. The appointment of a Market Access Coordinator is a critical part of the implementation of BDSC, which is facilitated by Africa!Ignite and N3 Gateway Tourism Association, and funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

REQUIREMENTS
The Market Access Coordinator’s primary function is to assist SMMEs and emerging enterprises in and around Mooi River to improve marketability and market access. The successful candidate:
• Will be a resident of Bruntville / Mooi River area with extensive knowledge of the district.
• Should have experience of marketing, communication and sales;
• Should have a minimum of a matric certificate. Other relevant qualifications will be an added advantage.
• Should have a valid driver’s license and access to own transport are prerequisites.
• Should have had previous involvement in tourism, retail or arts and culture; and previous involvement in similar projects will be an added advantage.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• To take ownership of the business and its growth through hands-on, entrepreneurial involvement.
• To assist SMMEs and emerging enterprises to develop and prepare marketing materials e.g. website design, brochure design, setting up and managing Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms;
• To assist businesses branding and signage;
• To coordinate training with external service providers on marketing, communication and branding as well as product quality and presentation;
• To maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders.
• To work with the local tourism information office to market and promote tourism, arts and crafts in and around Mooi River.
• To market products and services offered by the BDSC and the tourism and craft beneficiaries;

SPECIFICS OF THE CONTRACT
• This will be a full-time position and it is not a salaried position, but an owner-entrepreneur position. Initially, a portion of the monthly income could be supplemented by the project, but within 12 months, the business itself should generate adequate income to support the incumbent’s salary in full.
• Application information: Interested candidates should submit up-to-date CVS plus copies of their certified Identity Document, matric certificate, driver’s license and any other relevant qualifications.
• The candidates should also submit a short covering letter motivating why they are suitable for the position. In addition, the covering letter should contain a short essay (not more than 350 words) on how the candidate would engage local businesses and community members to utilize the services offered by the BDSC and how the candidate propose income is generated by the BDSC.
• All applications should be addressed to Niki Glen. These can be e-mailed to nikig@n3gateway.com.
• Due date: By 12:00, on … November. Please mark the document for attention Ms Bongiwe Mlangeni, Africa!Ignite.
Short-listed candidates will be expected be subject to an intensive evaluation process.
• For any queries, please contact Niki Glen 079 872 3160 or Wilna Botha 082 8284994