Currently in South Africa, Enterprise development programs continue to be of outmost importance. Given the barriers to entry which have traditionally existed in the South African economy, informal businesses tend to start and remain at the same level of activity. But not every individual at this “entry” level is or wants to be an entrepreneur.
These individuals are also normally in the business by necessity rather than choice. The controlling situation in the disadvantaged communities is gradually being reduced providing greater choices to people within the communities.
GUD Filters and NGK Sparkplugs have formulated a strategy that will assist Informal Service Centers from previously disadvantaged communities to uplift their businesses, leading to the establishment of a BBBE Enterprise Development Filpro (Pty) Limited, which aims to uplift informal sector mechanics within the automotive industry.