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TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GODISA TSHUMISANO. Marjorie Pyoos General Manager: Research and Technology Transfer Department of Science & Technology . Background. Target – business and industry (other interventions specifically designed to focus on job creation)

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TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • GODISA

  • TSHUMISANO

Marjorie Pyoos

General Manager: Research and Technology Transfer

Department of Science & Technology


Background

  • Target – business and industry (other interventions specifically designed to focus on job creation)

  • Part of National SME strategy: strengthening the economy by increasing the number of strong, export oriented small & medium sized enterprises

  • Strong integration with other government instruments in the SME field, eg DTI programmes and good partnering so far with industry

  • Challenges on the technology front relate to capacity of exporting firms to meet high technical standards – not “rocket science” just existing technologies and competencies that need to be put to work to enable SA businesses to participate on sophisticated global markets. Technical standards could be health, safety or product quality related.

  • Opportunities exist for new businesses for products and service not yet locally produced or where there are still untapped markets or where our raw materials are being beneficiated abroad and we are importing the products back at high cost because of the extent of the “foreign” value-add.

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Spectrum of SMEs

  • Emerging, high tech end of spectrum

    Biotechnology, ICT

  • Mature, medium tech businesses

    Electronics, Performance chemicals, Minerals Metals & Textiles processing, Medical devices, Automotive components – mechanical engineering

  • Testing and related technical services for exports

    Chemical analysis and product formulations, textile testing, safety analysis

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Programme development challenges

  • Concrete results only coming through now – past few years have involved programme design, set-up and operationalisation

  • Establishment phase not much challenged with technology options or business opportunities but involved issues of resourcing (funds to pay for technology platforms & relevant expertise), defining governance and operational management frameworks, developing and implementing strategic approaches for “client” searches (SMEs – particularly black owned ones)

  • Major problem still exists i.r.o. seed financing [DTI will soon launch Venture Capital Fund and this may address the issue]. Need to explore other avenues of development financing.

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GodisaGodisa is a Sotho word meaning growth through nurturing.The DST focus in this programme is on start-up technology based businesses in the first few years (0 to 3yrs) of operations

The programme was first piloted with DST benefiting from the support of the European Commission

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Godisa highlights
Godisa highlights

SOFTSTART

Fourteen entrepreneurs, ten tenant companies (100% full)

One wholly black-owned company (2Big Mobile Solutions) – systems for data retrieval / facilitated significant contract with law enforcement agency (Jhb Metropolitan Police)/ major market appeal in other SADC countries

An all female company (Columbiz) developing host to host communications software targeted at the communications industry – piloted by major retail bank in SA

Two BEE companies developing software which supports the integration of office systems.

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Zenzela TDC has proven the feasibility of a model to demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.

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Godisa highlights1
Godisa highlights demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.

ZENZELE

Supporting more than 900 small scale miners on over 70 projects – creating more than 300 new jobs

65 – Copper mining – NC / increased production and sales of Nana Sun copper art and wall hangings, bowls, jugs, dishes and kettles

200 – platinum recoveries – Springs / increasing yield by up to 50%

New brick-making industry – EC /Ndwe

Pilot to upgrade clay - Ndwedwe

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Godisa highlights2
Godisa highlights demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.

Chemin

BM>3 100% BE enterprise

Value-added Aloe Ferox Products (polysaccharide gel, alocin, aloin)

Solicited design of mechanical device to rapidly extract juice and preserve

Three middlemen identified (also does first step concentrating by boiling until crystallisation)

Each middleman can retain around 500 juice collectors

Eastern Cape Analytical Centre

McClachlan and Lazar, PE Technikon, EnviroQuest (PDI staff to receive initial share option of 15%, grow to 60% black owned over time)

Offering complete range of chemical analytical services nationally and further afield [SA heavily dependent of foreign firms – Centre can be developed to service Africa]

Other interests – CSIR BioChemTek, Aspen (pharmaceutical stability lab), Engen (petrochemicals lab), PE municipality (water analysis lab).

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Godisa case studies demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.Company contracted – Resolve World WideCentres involved: eGoliBIO, Zenzele, Softstart, Acorn, Voxel, CheminReport expected: December 2003

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Tshumisano demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.Tshumisano is a Venda/Northern Sotho word for partnership.The DST focus in this programme is on using a partnership relationship that benefits both technikons and existing small to medium sized technology based busineses

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Tshumisano
Tshumisano demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.

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Tshumisano highlights
Tshumisano highlights demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.

PE Station – Automotive components

Feltex – development of a state of the art motorcar seating jig / ensuring company keeps current export contract - stood to lose 120 jobs

XMECO – development of new generation welding gun (integrated gun) to meet EU standards / gun 2kg lighter than any other similar product – assembly time halved.

Yenza – secured contract with VWSA / development of jig and fixture for a sub-assembly

Design and conceptualisation of a “high tech” robotics station for application of anti-squeak paint to interior door panels for a local company supplying car parts to BMW for export purposes

Khaya Engineering – contract preparation - supply of dunnage engine containers for VWSA / first part of contract secured – 16 prototypes to be sent to Brazil and Germany

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Left: Mr A Mtshwane (Khaya Engineering) demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.

Right: Dr D.G. Hattingh (Automotive Components Technology Station ACTS: PE)


Tshumisano highlights1
Tshumisano highlights demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.

Pretoria Station – Electronics

Medi-tech Clothing / Messrs Benjamin Mamosebo, Lebo Mnguni, Mike Masil from Ga-rankuwa. Special outfit to ease the suffering of individuals who have disabilities and others suffering from stroke, arthritis.

Automatic porridge cooker / Mr Themedi Zwodangani from Orlando East – reduced manufacturing cost and design of electronic control module.

North West – Chemicals

Phatsima Wax – Mrs Grace Kgomongwe / shortage of M3M wax for manufacture of floor polish – reformulation and performance testing led to replacement with combination of Sasol and Chinese wax.

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The Technology Station in Chemicals at Technikon North West demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.TECHNOLOGY TODAY FOR A BETTER TOMMORROWIPHITHLELELE THEKENOLOJI GOMPIENO GORE O NNE LE BOKAMOSO JO BO EDILENG

To be the first choice providers of the technology and business needs of SMMEâs in the chemical industry

PRODUCTS.

Technology Transfer by the station was as follows: The project team formulated a cleaning gel and a shower gel on a small glass beaker scale. The products formulated on an analytical scale were then tested for pH, viscosity, appearance and odor compatibility. Then the same products were manufactured on a large scale in the clients manufacturing vessel. The products manufactured on a large scale were also tested for pH, Viscosity, appearance and odor compatibility.


Knife Sharpener demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.

Aluminum casting was made of the housing. The final products will be manufactured at the Technikon and the customer will sell it.A very rough idea was taken and redesigned to be able to reproduce this device in large quantities. The original design was a plate bended and welded casing in which a diamond belt run over 3 pulleys. The pulleys was driven by means of a ordinary bench grinder.

The Technology Station in Metals & Manufacturing at Technikon Free StateUNLOCKING HUMAN POTENTIAL THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND CAPACITY BUILDINGImproving the competitiveness of technology based businesses

PRODUCTS.

Sta Soft BottleThe customer wanted a drip free bottle. This meant a total design change on the cap and neck of the existing mould. A concave shape of the cap was designed on the SLS.


The Technology Station in Chemicals at Mangosuthu Technikon demonstrate, transfer and embed mining knowledge and technology to small scale companies and rural communities. Although the sector is not an easy one, with rather footloose companies hopping from dump to dump and never longer in one place than 5 years – there is clearly proven demand for the services offered by the centre.CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY WITHIN REACH

Accessible Technological Support to SMMEs manufacturing Chemicals and Related Products to provide and promote innovation strategies and enhance competitiveness.

A broader range of some of the cosmetics, household & industrial cleaning products developed by the station for SMMEs.

PRODUCTS.

Cleaning Product formulation being developed in the laboratory.


The Technology Station in Clothing and Textile Technology at Peninsula TechnikonTAILOR MADE SOLUTIONS IN CLOTHING AND TEXTILES TECHNOLOGY

SMMEs at training, on work flow processes & factory layout.

Providing support to SMMEs in the Clothing and Textile industry to improve

innovation and competitiveness.

PRODUCTS.

Demonstration by Professor Liekweg of Germany at a Workshop held for training of clothing SMMEs.


Tshumisano case studies Peninsula TechnikonCompany contracted – [none : quotes too high, will consider company used for Godisa or Assistant Manager - Eddie Makgoka]Quotes received from : New Africa Publication --R98k Morokoro -- R105kStations to be involved: AllReport expected: February2003

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