SEDCO THANKS KING FOR GRACING EYA SIGNATURE EVENT
waziland Enterprises Development Company (SEDCO) is grateful to His Majesty King Mswati III’s presence in this years’ prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (EYA) event.
The government company stated clearly that the event will remain a key event for SEDCO and they expressed their gratitude that the head of state has seen it proper to grace the occasion. They feel that this is testimony that the King views the small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) industry as key to the economic growth and development of the country.
Managing Director (MD) Dorrington Matiwane and Senior Manager for Strategy Themba Dlamini disclosed in an exclusive interview with the Observer on Saturday that the King’s presence was coincidental with a growth of 45 per cent on the business competitors in all categories this year.
“We may want bigger numbers in terms of techno-savvy businesses, but the numbers are showing a huge growth of 45 per cent compared to 2016,” said Matiwane.
Matiwane also disclosed that; “As a company we are looking at boosting
Sthe number for Swazis entering and competing effectively in the different categories of the completion”.
Dlamini further stated that the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (EYA) is a national annual event hosted by SEDCO with a sole purpose of assisting SMMEs that are willing to start and grow their businesses in their different categories.
Dlamini further said the sole purpose of SEDCO is to promote an entrepreneurial culture among Swazis. “We are awarding excellence in the competition and all businesses need to be able to do business in a prudent way as we advocate for good business ethics. During the months of August to November it’s the season of the SMMEs as that is the time when SEDCO is engaging with the sector in the prelude of the competition event. We help them with mentoring as we put together our collective wisdom, skills and expertise in developing them as business people of the future,” added Matiwane. Matiwane also disclosed that EYA event slogan speaks volumes on what is expected of us, “nurturing future growth”.
Dlamini added; “SEDCO also ventures into personal financial management for the entrepreneurs on top of the business management they get in a bid for them to understand the importance of growth in that enterprise they are undertaking.”
“The competition having introduced the regional EYA awards has seen an increase in the business entering the competition. However, there are still different levels of business know how and the ManziniEzulwini and Mbabane corridor still have an upper hand against other businesses from other regions,” added Matiwane.
Matiwane further disclosed that as a government company their mandate revolves around empowering the staggering growth from all the levels of business and the startup must grow to survivalist level.
BAYETHE: Senior Manager for Strategy Themba Dlamini and Managing Director Dorrington Matiwane thank His Majestry for gracing the EYA event