Cape Town air­port calls for re­tail ten­ders from its neighbours

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - Joseph Booy­sen

CAPE TOWN In­ter­na­tional Air­port (CTIA) has in­vited black re­tail busi­nesses to bid for an out­let at the air­port by sub­mit­ting their ten­der doc­u­ments in a bid to fa­cil­i­tate transformation.

The Air­ports Com­pany South Africa (Acsa) hosted the re­tail sum­mit on Fri­day, its third fol­low­ing oth­ers held at OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port and King Shaka In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Cur­rently the air­port has 65 re­tail out­lets and there are 23 new op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able at the CTIA in the food and bev­er­age, fash­ion ap­parel, spe­cial­ity and forex sec­tors.

Deon Cloete, CTIA gen­eral man­ager, said the air­port had learned a lot from pre­vi­ous sum­mits, in­clud­ing that ten­der doc­u­ments were too ex­pen­sive and com­pli­cated to un­der­stand.

“The told us they don’t un­der­stand what the air­port is about, what’s driv­ing the air­port, so when you pitch, and when you bid you are do­ing it al­most as if you are in a vac­uum. We learnt from that. Our ten­der doc­u­ments now are ac­ces­si­ble and un­der­stand­able (and) we don’t charge an arm and a leg for them any­more.”

He said he was mind­ful that as an air­port “you can­not be suc­cess­ful if your busi­ness is based on a shaky so­cial con­tract”. It was im­por­tant to en­able lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties around the air­port, such as Delft, Khayelit­sha, Mitchells Plain and var­i­ous other ar­eas where there is a need to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for jobs and driv­ing the econ­omy, he said

“It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure we make our re­tail part­ners suc­cess­ful and that drove the process and de­ci­sion to re­struc­ture the busi­ness and re-po­si­tion it. The busi­ness is ex­cit­ing; it’s grow­ing,” he said.

Dei­dre Davids, com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at Acsa, said ten­ders would be put out to mar­ket this month with a pe­riod open for two months, as op­posed to one, to pro­vide am­ple op­por­tu­nity for prospec­tive en­trepreneurs to par­tic­i­pate.

Davids said the com­pany was mind­ful of its re­spon­si­bil­ity to stim­u­late and grow self-sus­tain­ing and in­de­pen­dently com­pet­i­tive black busi­nesses, in line with its transformation agenda.

“These aware­ness sum­mits are so im­por­tant, as they pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain the ten­der pro­cesses, po­ten­tial pit­falls, as well as an­swer ques­tions.” joseph.booy­

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