A system, know as Grow-Net, was initially conceived by the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) / Procurement Forum to provide a consolidated platform for corporate buyers to provide business opportunities to SMME's – with a view to reaching their broad-based Black Economic Targets. It was unfortunate that the system’s functionality did not meet the specified requirements, and fell into disuse.
In July 2019, the Grow-Net system was handed over to the West Coast Business Development Centre (WCBDC) by the IDZ with the intention of their facilitating the development of a new system.
It is our pleasure to announce that an entirely new system - re-named WestNet - has been developed from the ground up and is now LIVE and ready for use by all stakeholders.
The new WestNet system is an enterprise and supplier development (ESD) initiative funded by the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership.
WestNet will serve as the primary "TRO and Communications (Tenders, Requests for Quotation, Opportunities)" system/platform for all stakeholders in the Saldanha Bay Municipal area.
WestNet will be facilitated by the WEST COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE team. They will provide support and assistance to all SMME's, QSE's and Corporates in the use of the WestNet system.
This Release 1.0 of the WestNet system has all the features specified for the old system, together with many extra enhancements.
WestNet will serve as the preferred ESD and Communications's platform for all stakeholders in the Saldanha Bay Municipal area - SMMEs, QSEs and Corporates.
WestNet does not replace their current procurement/supply chain processes. Participating companies and government entities will use WestNet in addition to their normal required supply chain management and, in this way, support more localised procurement.
WestNet's main goal is to make it easy for all Corporates and QSEs to identify, select and support SMMEs through enterprise development and supplier development programmes and procurement opportunities. This, in turn, will help increase the number and value of business opportunities available to Saldanha SMMEs.
Major companies (Generics & QSE's) in Saldanha will use WestNet to identify local SMMEs and inform them of business opportunities.
All registered SMME's will have access to a range of local business opportunities - tenders, requests for quotation, opportunities such as training courses, and other business-related activities.
The WestNet system aims to support and benefit you, the Saldanha Bay SMME, in various ways.
With WestNet, you can:
Any system anywhere in the world is only as good as it's users. The ongoing success of the WestNet system depends upon:
If you have any queries/questions that you may have regarding the system please contact WCBDC on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 022 714 1731.
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