CAPE TOWN- Smartcall, together with Vodacom, has just launched a training centre and distribution hub in Cape Town.
The hub which has already trained more than 700 people is one of four hubs in the country that aims at training local people and informal businesses to help them generate more income.
Ernesto Roma, owner, and manager of the Smartcall said that the hub is open to giving the opportunity to everyone who is looking at earning extra income. “We are not only focusing on unemployed people, “he said.
Roma added that the hub aims at distributing sim cards around the Western Cape province through participation in the Smartcall offering. The offering includes selling Vodacom starter packs, and airtime for all networks, handsets on order, RICA training, starter pack distribution.
“We get stock from Johannesburg and give them to our clients after training to go out and sell these sim cards. Each pack comes with 20 sim cards inside, and all the money that they make out of selling the sim cards goes to their pockets,” said Roma.
He added that they also create permanent job opportunities for those who show excellence and willingness to their job. Tichaona Karuma, Smartcall trainer said that he started last year working as a distributor for six months before he was called in and given a contract which he worked for another three months before getting a permanent contract.
Emily Khumalo, training instructor at Smartcall said she started working for the Centre in March following her previous waitress job at a Hotel. "I train people how to be Rica agents so they can go out selling simcards and the money that they make is their own money. I believe that is how Vodacom is giving out to the nation by empowering people that need extra money or people who are not working at all."
Mandisi Breakfast who also work for the centre, said that he also started off as a field agent selling simcards and giving training to informal and small businesses "so that they can generate more revenue for their businesses".
"After three months, they gave me an opportunity to work with them and working here has been a great inspiration to me because now I feel that I have achieved the goal I had set when I relocated from the Eastern Cape," said Breakfast.
Roma to further told Business Report that the hub generates its revenue from a small percentage they receive from an ongoing revenue. He added that they are planning on opening more hubs around the Western Cape province. The other hubs are in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and Gauteng.
- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE