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​​Opportunity Centres
​The Opportunity Centre Model

The City of Johannesburg is aiming to establish itself as the Entrepreneurial City of the Future. With unemployment currently at 27.7% and youth unemployment at 38.6%, the City needs concrete solutions to these pressing issues. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of any economy, and require useful support if they are to succeed. 

The Opportunity Centres (OCs) are our solution to providing this support. OCs are places where members of the community, especially emerging small businesses across all sectors, can walk in for assistance and advice on entrepreneurship and business support issues. The purpose of the OCs is to create an environment where entrepreneurs and small businesses can thrive through the support of public-private partnerships.

Soon all Opportunity Centres will host an Opportunity Seekers Database where job seekers can submit their CVs. Government and the private sector will be able to access the database to link registered job seekers to work opportunities.

Opportunity Centre Objectives

1. Provide effective SMME support through the creation of an enabling environment with multiple, relevant service offerings
2.  Increase the number of SMMEs effectively supported who are able to run their businesses effectively.
3.  Contribute towards employment opportunities.
4.  Cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship in the City of Johannesburg.

Opportunity Centre Services

Standard services:
• Information to start your business
• Business development & support to grow your business
• Entrepreneurship skills to capacitate your business
• Facilitation of access to finance, markets or opportunities to sustain your business
• Networking venues, meeting venues which must be pre-booked (subject to availability)
Consultation services:
• One-on-one consultations
• The provision of relevant business information
• Referral to relevant business support services
• Compliance advice
• Supply chain training
• Facilitation of funding through partners and stakeholders
Training offered:
• Business training
• Business management
• Financial management
• Bookkeeping
• Business idea generation
• Marketing strategy development

Opportunity Centre Dedicated Desks

1. Procurement desk: Small businesses and co-ops will have access to information on available public and private tenders. Assistance will be provided on how to complete tender documents or to make relevant referrals to service providers;
2. Coaching and mentoring desk: There will a business advisory service given by professional business advisors that may include coaching and mentoring to small businesses;
3. Opportunity Seekers desk: A database of job seekers will be created and it will be accessible to both private sector and other potential employers.

Opportunity Centre Partners

Employment creation is the responsibility of both government and the private sector. In order to leverage the skills and knowledge of both sectors, the City has partnered with several organisations and companies to ensure that this challenge is fully addressed.​

National Partners​
​Productivity SA
Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)
Companies Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
South African Revenue Services (SARS)
Provincial Partners
The Innovation Hub
Commercial Partners
ABSA                           
SAICA
TUHF
Discovery
uMastandi
22 ON SLOAN
Smart Procurement World

​​Khoebo Opportunity Centre 
9th Floor, Samancor Building 
88 Marshall Street, Johannesburg CBD
Tel: 010 980 0953/52

Isiqalo Opportunity Centre 
4th Floor, Roodepoort Civic Centre
Christian De Wet Road, Florida Park
Tel: 011 407 7844

Tlhabologo Opportunity Centre 
1131 Ingonyama Street, Diepsloot 
Tel: 010 224 0402/0478/0088

​Thusanang Opportunity Centre
Klipfontein View Multi-Purpose Centre
Lepelle Street, Klipfontein View

​​Ikamvalethu Opportunity Centre
1st Floor, Alexandra Multi-Purpose Centre
Cnr 8th Avenue and Roosevelt Street, Alexandra

​Atlehang Opportunity Centre
Soweto Empowerment Zone 
Zone 6 Chris Hani Road, Diepkloof, Soweto

Simunye Opportunity Centre
Danie Van Zyl Recreational Centre
Cnr Plantation and Rex Street, Montclare

CoJ Orange Farm Discovery
Orange Farm Skills Centre, Orange Farm, Johannesburg, 1841​

All Opportunity Centres are open from ​08:00am to 16:30​pm
​Opportunity Centres

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