Little Green Number has 19 employees, the bulk of those being the community-based machinists, who are tasked with producing the company’s renowned bags.
Marthie Janse van Rensburg is the founder and owner of the Ekhuruleni Artisan and Skills Training Centre in Kempton Park, Gauteng.
In 2015, CCI Call Centres won the Investor of the Year Category at the South African Premier Business Awards. The award encourages expansion of investment into the South African economy. It also recognises efforts and commitments by local and global companies to create jobs and stimulate the economy through investment across all industries.
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Little Green Number is creating jobs and protecting the environment one funky bag at a time.
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The company won the Proudly South African Category at the South African Premier Business Awards (SAPBA) in 2015. The SAPBA is an annual event hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry ( the dti ) in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand SA. The Proudly South African Category is aimed at enterprises that are registered members of Proudly South African. It recognises enterprises that manufacture or supply high-quality local products and/or services, are known for being proud members of Proudly South African and adhere to the four pillars of the campaign.
“We set our machinists up as manufacturing franchisees, with their own equipment such as sewing machines and what we call a starter pack, and they then repay the set up costs as they work,” says Juanita van der Merwe, a manager and shareholder in the business. “Our aim is not just to eradicate poverty, but we are creating a model that is based on sustainable salaries. We want all people involved in this project to be able to live the lives they deserve, whether it be buying a car or educating their families.”
The practical training centre offers employable skills training in boilermaking, rigging, pipefitting, welding, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, bricklaying, painting/decorating, CNC programming, air-conditioning and refrigeration, sheet metal work, fitting, glazing, French polishing and tiling.
“Soon after that I quit my fulltime job and we have expanded and grown from strength to strength. This year we are celebrating our 10th year of business,” says Janse van Rensburg. “I never doubted that it would not work out, but our growth has far exceeded our projections.”
She started the training centre in a borrowed space at the back of a factory in 2006 with her father as her first instructor and within a month they were searching for bigger premises due to the high demand.
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Janse Van Rensburg believes she was destined to one day work in the artisan arena and was one of the first girls allowed to attend a technical high school. After high school she completed a course in small business studies, but it was not until 2006 that her passions collided and she established what is now a thriving artisan training centre.
CCI Call Centres South Africa is one of the largest call centre operations in the country. The company has its roots in Mauritius and has been active in South Africa for 10 years. The company started out as a joint venture with a local entity.
Initially started as a charity project, the organisation aims to ‘do good while doing good business’. To achieve this, Little Green Number has developed a community-based manufacturing micro franchising model, creating funky bags out of recycled billboards.Zoloft and xanax at the same time