Suppliers unite: Powering success | The Planner

Entering its second year, City Lodge continues to make significant strides in supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through focused enterprise and supplier development (ESD) and transformation efforts, yielding mutual benefits.

The group’s engagement in an ESD programme, launched in collaboration with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), underscores its dedication to transformation. “This partnership has been crucial in guiding our procurement strategies towards more efficient and sustainable ESD practices,” states Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, the Chief Operating Officer.

By aligning with SATSA, the City Lodge benefits from the support of Sigma International, a crucial ally appointed to assist SATSA members with their ESD endeavours. This alliance enables the group to allocate resources to the development of small Black-owned businesses, showcasing a strong commitment to economic empowerment.

This year, the programme supports nine businesses, fostering their growth:

  • Ashok Narsai Interiors,
  • Forest Fairies,
  • King’s Manufacturers,
  • Morake Dรฉcor,
  • Organic Matters,
  • Point Squared Shuttles,
  • Roska Artisan Ice Cream,
  • Spirits and Bubbles SA, and
  • Wazisa Green Solutions.

Reflecting on the programme’s achievements, Sangweni-Siddo highlights the successful integration of eight small, Black-owned businesses into the procurement network in the previous year. A notable success is the incorporation of Asmara Coffee, which has become a staple across the group’s establishments following its participation in the programme.

With the 2024 programme already in progress, efforts are underway to guide this new cohort of businesses towards success, enabling them to become key suppliers within the hospitality industry and beyond. “This initiative holds a special place in our hearts. We’re dedicated to expanding our support network,” she concludes.