What is Linkage?

Linkage is an online digital platform that makes it easy for corporates and SMMEs to work together. It is an integrated, cloud-based digital platform that facilitates seamless collaboration and transparency between stakeholders to achieve supplier diversity and small business development.

The platform is built to drive shared value by enabling interaction between SMMEs and corporates and to help build strong value chains.

It supports the supply chain by using advanced filters to search for platinum graded suppliers and engage them on opportunities in a transparent manner that improves supplier diversity.

#RiseUpSA Campaign

#RiseUpSA campaign is aimed at providing a platform for the road to recovery for small businesses who have suffered massive setbacks due to the recent unrest and riots experienced in the country. The objective is to provide small businesses who have been impacted with the opportunity to outline what they lost and/or how their ability to continue to operate their businesses has been impacted by the unrest.

The comprehensive list with a detailed view of the nature of the loss suffered will be shared with participating corporates who in turn will either select small businesses they can support directly or where corporates do not have internal capacity they can make a financial contribution to the campaign for Linkage to assist with the recovery of affected small businesses.

This is an initiative developed by One Linkage (Pty) Ltd, a woman owned tech company that has developed a platform called Linkage.

Linkage has opened a section of the platform to the public to facilitate the RiseUpSA campaign.

One Linkage is doing this at no cost to support SMMEs that have been devastated by the recent unrest. This is Linkage’s way of playing its role towards contributing to the recovery of small businesses. The sister company Zevoli Growth Partner will provide vetting services to meet corporate compliance requirements and validation of claims at no cost as its contribution.

Linkage intends to open the campaign for 67 days as part of Mandela month, starting from 21 July 2021.

“Looking back at what has happened across parts of South Africa recently, we realised we needed to act urgently and support fellow SMMEs who have been affected by the unrest. We know too well how difficult it is to start a business, invest your time and savings, but we cannot claim to know the pain of seeing one’s efforts disappear in one day.” Hepsy Mkhungo, Linkage CEO & Co-Founder

Corporates and Small Businesses who would like to participate in this initiative can register by clicking here.

 

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