MEDO – a South African specialist in supplier, enterprise and economic development – is currently showcasing the true value of transformation in the South African economy, as well as opportunities for UK based businesses to expand operations into Southern Africa at a supplier development focussed event at South Africa House in London.
This is the first of a series of bi-annual MEDO London events to be held at South Africa House. MEDO is no stranger to the UK, as the past few years have seen the organisation visiting the thriving metropolis' business districts and the iconic South African institution when conducting international trade delegations with South African entrepreneurs.
In addition to talking to interested parties about the opportunities for UK businesses in SA, MEDO will also inform delegates that the potential for increased trade between South Africa and the United Kingdom is boosted with the a partnership between the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and MEDO.
While many of the organisation’s activities do – and will continue to - centre around the development of the entrepreneurial sector in South Africa, assisting corporates with achieving their BBBEE goals and paving the way for multinationals to operate with compliance in the country, MEDO has recently embarked on extending the transformation agenda by targeting school going young women aged 16 to 18. The reason for this is that in its workings with larger international corporations, the team identified a need for technical skills development in SA – and what better age to target in terms of the future than students?
As a seasoned implementer of private sector funded economic development programmes, MEDO has identified a shortage of technical skills required for building businesses and has therefore embarked on what is called the ‘Women in STEM’ programme to promote the selection of maths and science as high school subjects.
“This programme is crucial in reversing the lingering legacy of apartheid, which excluded maths and science from the curriculum of non-white children. Today’s children are not brought up in technically passionate households and the number of technical degree applicants is decreasing year-on-year,” says Judi Sandrock, Co-Founder and CEO of MEDO.