VW starts Ntinga

10 fi­nal­ists cho­sen for po­ten­tial con­tract to sup­ply VWSA

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FOL­LOW­ING on from the suc­cess­ful VWSA Black-Owned Sup­pli­ers’ Day held in 2016, Volk­swa­gen Group South Africa (VWSA) has ex­tended its as­sis­tance to strate­gi­cally align black-owned sup­pli­ers in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor by launch­ing the Ntinga Pro­ject.

The pro­ject was launched last Thurs­day in Uiten­hage. Ntinga is a Xhosa word which means to soar and by of­fer­ing busi­ness men­tor­ship and train­ing to up-and­com­ing sup­pli­ers, Volk­swa­gen hopes they will rise to great heights in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor and beyond.

The Ntinga Pro­ject started with over 300 sup­pli­ers be­ing ap­proached and as­sessed by the Au­to­mo­tive Sup­ply Chain Com­pet­i­tive­ness Ini­tia­tive (ASCCI) who, to­gether with the Volk­swa­gen B-BBEE Trust and Volk­swa­gen Group South Africa, chose 10 fi­nal­ists to be part of the launch.

The 10 fi­nal­ists will be men­tored and coached over the next month by ex­ist­ing VWSA sup­pli­ers.

The end goal of this coach­ing is for the sup­pli­ers to suc­cess­fully present their busi­ness plan to a panel of judges on Novem­ber 29 where five win­ners will be cho­sen. These five win­ners will then em­bark on an 18-month in­ten­sive busi­ness-based men­tor­ing and coach­ing pro­gramme.

“As Volk­swa­gen, we are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing and sup­port­ing black-owned sup­pli­ers and I am happy to an­nounce that should these five sup­pli­ers com­plete the 18-month pro­gramme suc­cess­fully they will be of­fered con­tracts with VWSA,” said Thomas Schae­fer, VWSA chair­per­son and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

The men­tor­ing and coach­ing given dur­ing the 18-month pro­gramme will be con­ducted by the VWSA Learn­ing Academy, VWSA B-BBEE Trust, ASCCI and other VWSA divi­sions to make sure that the five sup­pli­ers re­ceive a wide range of skills that will make them suc­cess­ful at the end of the 18 months.

“It is im­per­a­tive that we as VWSA ac­tively bring black-owned sup­pli­ers into an arena where they are able to suc­cess­fully com­pete and op­er­ate as au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try sup­pli­ers,” said Schae­fer.

— Mo­tor­press.

PHOTO: MO­TOR­PRESS

From left: Takalani Tam­bani, Nonkqubela Mal­iza and Thomas Schae­fer, VWSA.

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