We specialises in small and informal business owner mentoring and development. Our members benefit a great deal from our strategic small business workshops and training programmes. They enjoy regular business support and guidance.
SASTA shares knowledge on small business management, business formalisation, professional etiquette, strategic stock procurement, small business legalities, financial management skills and small business marketing strategy.
We believe that the informal retail sector is key to the success of our country’s economy. The informal retail sector is increasingly acknowledged by manufacturers and wholesalers as an important delivery channel of goods to consumers in South Africa.
Rose Nkosi is SASTA’s national president and one of the original founder members.
She strongly believes in small and informal business empowerment. She believs that in order for our economy to grow, the small and informal business owner must be taken seriously and supported.
Rose’s deep understanding is that, “for most of the small business owners, their businesses also act as their only sources of income. And that these businesses also provide an indispansible service to their communities”.
Our Main Objectives
Economic empowerment of our people has always been the driving force behind SASTA initiatives. Through hard-work and dedication to the following key objectives, we believe there is greater hope for our members:
To promote unity among people who own and operate Spaza and Tuck Shops.
To ensure improved buisness conditions for small business vendors on pavements.
To create sustainable employment for the youth and other employable people.
To promote bulk stock buying as the main procurement strategy for all our members.
To provide business opportunities for our people and encourage entrepreneurship.
To develop endless job and business opportunities for the physically handicapped.
Key Initiatives & Collaborations
SASTA has collaborated and partnered with various business stakeholders in order to secure business success for all its members. These key interactions have ensured indispensable training and commendable business opportunities for members.
SASTA, with the help of University of Johannesburg, ensures that all SASTA members are given proper business skills through regular training in order to guarantee them sustained business development and prosperity.
We have provided and administered cooking trolleys at NAFCOC and ABSA initiated events as well as at feeding schemes stationed at public schools and on sidewalks near various soccer stadiums during football matches.
SASTA has partnered with Catella Consortium and Platinum Systems in distributing GotAMinute prepaid airtime to Spazas, Tuckshops and other informal traders countrywide. Financing was made possible by Kagisano Financial Services.
We established an organisational association to take care of the needs of Spaza Container Franchisees. The Spaza Container Franchise made it simple for aspirant entrepreneurs with limited start-up resources to start and run their own Spaza Shops.
SASTA has worked with Santam, an insurance company that provides house and car insurance. Our responsibility was to distribute house insurance communication for Soweto residences. Spazas and Tuckshops were once again used as Santam’s point-of-sale.
We have also linked with 2Mela Phone Email Communication. A service meant to incorporate both telephone and electronic mail into a single communication tool. Spazas and Tuckshops were used as the main distribution tunnel to the end-user.
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