sation model while following its own model of acquiring a portion of core business value chains on behalf of cooperatives’ members.
“It is our view that the SAWBCC provides a platform and a collective voice to foster the interest of its members. It will also mobilise resources and training to ensure capacity for operational efficiency for individual co-ops and entrepreneurs,” explains Qubeka.
According to the DTi’s Promoting an Integrated Cooperative Sector in South Africa 2012 – 2022 report, Government has noted the importance of cooperatives receiving more recognition across all sectors of the South African business landscape. And in the next 10 years, the DTi will be implementing the Integrated Strategy on the Development and Promotion of Cooperatives, where Government would be in partnership with cooperatives at both provincial and local level to turn them into self-sustaining entities.
The world over, cooperatives have been f lexible enough to address the socio-economic needs within societies, putting them at an advantage over other enterprises.
“The executive team consists of a team of women with diverse skills and experience: board room, community development, cooperatives to corp corporate SA. Last, the reason why we will not no fail is because some of us are gender activists... ac we are the only women who da dared to attempt such a complex business environment,” Ngutshane explains.
Perhaps having a national natio cooperative apex like the SAWBCC in place could be one of the driving forces South Africa’s cooperative sector m may need to be recognised as a formal f business