Proudly South African is the country’s only official Buy Local campaign.

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Who should attend?

Day 1 of the Buy Local Summit & Expo is entirely devoted to SMMEs and entrepreneurs. The programme which runs from 09h30-15h30 will include a keynote address by the Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Khumbudzo Ntshaveni,

and presentations on financial and non-financial support programmes, as well as panel discussions and lessons from other small business owners who have travelled the sometimes long and arduous road of an entrepreneur.

The focus of Day 2 is on the business of local procurement under the theme ‘Local procurement: Averting a deeper unemployment crisis’ Including an address by Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade & Industry, there will be presentations and lessons on leveraging local procurement to your company’s and the country’s benefit .There will also be a panel of South African celebrities who have built their own brands and created jobs in the process, and these include Minnie Dlamini, J’Something, Gareth Cliff and Bokang Montjane.

Running concurrently with the speaker programme we will be offering a Business Solutions Hub located inside the Expo where a number of organisations and institutions that legislate, regulate and ensure business compliance will be waiting to assist you with any queries or applications. These include CIPC, the dti, SARS, SEDA, SEFA, UIF, the Tax Ombud, amongst others.

The event is FREE to attend. Register online at www.buylocalsummit.co.za

Our Proudly South African Expo will run over both 23rd and 24th March and is a place to source new suppliers or buyers, and to make new connections to increase your own local supply chain. Over 200 exhibitors, every one of them an accredited Proudly South African member company, from large corporations to small artisanal producers, are waiting to do business with you. Delegates to both Day 1 and Day 2 of the Summit are urged to visit the Expo in Exhibition Hall 1, and day visitors to the Expo alone are encouraged. Please register here

For more information on the content of our Summit and on exhibitors, please download the Proudly SA event app for iPhones or Android.