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South Africa’s printing industry and Konica Minolta together brings skill development intiatives. Konica Minolta’s partnership with Printing SA began in 2014, when they both created and facilitated a comprehensive training programme for 20 female business owners. Showing their contribution to the industry, Konica Minolta recently employed Brian Chauke, one of the graduates from the Printing SA Commercial Digital Printing programme.
South Africa’s printing industry is working hard to help develop entrepreneurs who can “pay it forward” by employing others, according to Steve Thobela, CEO of industry body, Printing SA.
Thobela said that, at a time when unemployment was rife, empowering South Africans to seize opportunities to create their own businesses rather than stand by helplessly waiting for jobs was imperative. However, this could not be achieved sustainably without skills development. He was speaking shortly after the graduation of Printing SA’s Commercial Digital Printing Programme on Sunday, 9 June 2017. This was held at Konica Minolta’s offices in Ormonde.
The programme was piloted in 2016 with a total of 16 learners in Gauteng and is already in the industry with an additional 24 learners having graduated thus far in the Western Cape and Gauteng. Carrington Muliwa and George Mosako, are just two of the graduates of Printing SA’s Commercial Digital Printing Programme who have had success stories.