Taking on a tour covering the entirety of South Africa, Treppie, MEDO’s mobile entrepreneurship incubator, is taking on it’s biggest project yet in partnership with ISUZU Trucks. Travelling three weeks each month on a mission to recruit and develop entrepreneurs, Treppie will become the greatest socio-economic developmental programme in the country.
As of March 2015, MEDO will be travelling around South Africa in a brand new Treppie, with a FSR800 ISUZU truck, a total 25% bigger than the original. Sponsored by ISUZU Trucks, Treppie will commence its travels in George and journey throughout the whole of South Africa by stopping at each of ISUZU’s 250 branches nationwide.
Apart from a brand new truck, Treppie is also going to be kitted out with a brand new interior, offering entrepreneurs workstations at which they can apply for MEDO programmes or use the internet facilities to look for employment. “Having had over four years experience with the old truck, we have come to learn what works and what the unique requirements are of the truck,” Bjarke Gotfredsen, MEDO CEO explains. “We are powering all technology with Solar Cells and an Inverter, which makes us energy independent meaning we can set up shop anywhere regardless of facilities or infrastructure. We are also using state of the art technology to ensure the fastest internet speeds possible,” Bjarke explains the new upgrades. The truck will also boast with a small meeting space where opportunity recognition workshops and basic business skills workshops will be held.
MEDO Treppie manager Azola Qhina describes her aspirations for the tour, “We are hoping to find a truckful of enterprising entrepreneurs, and the fact that we will be travelling throughout South Africa, we will have the greatest ever opportunity to do so.” Treppie will be in action this year three weeks per month, and will therefore hold nothing back when moving into communities. “I foresee that we will help a lot of entrepreneurs not only better their business skills but effectively empower them to find opportunities around them after our various workshops,” Azola adds.
MEDO CEO Judi Sandrock also explains, “We are delighted to bring the new Isuzu Treppie to communities in what we believe presents a great opportunity for us to assist in the development of emerging enterprises – a vital sector spearheading economic growth in our country. In doing this we have also created a unique opportunity for large organisations to involve themselves with these businesses and in so doing to advance their Enterprise Development and Supplier Development strategies.”
The Treppie team will consist of four permanent members who will take on life on the road with great zeal. “I cannot wait to begin,” Azola explains, “we have an amazing strategy and we are all looking forward to the incredible individuals we are about to meet on this tour.”