Konica Minolta South Africa is starting a Supplier Development program to help small business develop. A local small business called New Circle Green Solutions (NCGS) has benefited from the OEM’s assistance on toners and cartridges recycling.
According to Bizcommnity.com, the owners of NCGS, Ashley Radebe and Juanathan du Toit, have received training and business coaching from Konica Minolta SA for the past six months. The training and mentoring cover all aspects of operating a small business, including determining the business plan, communication, client liaison, time management, tax, insurance, etc.
NCGS currently collects empty toners and cartridges from Konica Minolta’s customer base in the Tshwane municipality. It also delivers the components to a designated area in the Pretoria branch of the organization, and the toners and cartridges in large stock will be taken to a recycling company.
“Whilst training and monitoring New Circle Green Solutions, we witnessed that the pickup of used cartridges and toners from clients is a viable avenue worth pursuing further,” said Laetitia Coetzer, special project manager at Konica Minolta SA. “Although New Circle Green Solutions is Tshwane-focused at the moment, we are aiming to extend the business to service the Johannesburg metro as well.”
“It is most pleasing to see our small business development project bearing fruit. For the next three years, New Circle Green Solutions will be a beneficiary of Konica Minolta South Africa’s Supplier Development program. Most importantly, however, the company is a separate legal entity and we are excited to see it strengthen by providing its services to more companies,” Coetzer added.
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