CiTi and #cocreateSA to meet the challenge of long-term employability

TenaCiTi to support small business owners to grow people worth keeping

CAPE TOWN – The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) and #cocreateSA, an initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have launched TenaCiTi, a programme aimed at helping small business owners develop highly productive employees that contribute directly to the bottom line.

“PWC and Silicon Cape’s Emerging Companies’ survey identified, again, that access to skills remains one of the top three inhibitors to growth,” says Bonnie Horbach, Netherlands Consul General. “And while there are many successful programmes such as CiTi’s own CapaCiTi looking at developing hard skills like computer programming, there are very few that focus on the people development side of running and growing a business.”

TenaCiTi was developed in response to a roundtable run with Dutch and South African business owners earlier this year, which identified finding and keeping the right staff a massive challenge. “Our view is that it’s not just about finding and keeping staff, but about learning how to equip them that can transform the potential of small businesses,” says Horbach.

TenaCiTi works in two learning streams. It provides HR support to the business and essential workplace skills to junior staff. “Being able to practically do the job is half of what it takes to be an employee,” says Alexis Pillay, programme manager for the TenaCiTi programme.

“You need to be able to work in a team, take initiative, problem solve and manage conflict all within a largely unstructured work environment. Most of us don’t come into the working world with these skills, and most small business owners don’t have the time to nurture them. That’s where TenaCiTi comes in.”

CiTi has brought in the services of strategic facilitator, Mignon Keyser and redTrainingAcademy to provide the employee development stream, and LaytonMelville to offer HR and people management for business owners.

“By the end of the seven-month programme we want the businesses to have implemented people management processes that create an environment where competent, motivated and engaged employees can thrive and we want the junior recruits to have grown from ‘young recruits-with-potential’ into indispensable members of the team,” says Pillay.

The first cohort of seven businesses started in mid-October with the second intake happening in January 2017. Applications are now open at

For media enquiries or more info on #cocreateSA please contact Micheline Frantz at or call 078 417 2449.

For more information on the TenaCiTi programme or to apply for the January 2017 programme, contact Alexis Pillay, Programme Manager, Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi) at or call 0732036305.

Fiona Tabraham

Fiona Tabraham is a strategic workforce development expert with a career founded on a resolute commitment to inclusivity, talent nurturing, and societal impact. Chief Executive of CAPACITI Digital Career Accelerator, Fiona’s passion for equity has charted pathways across numerous organisations, guiding bespoke Talent Initiatives, Future Leadership Development Programs, and transformative Career Pathway Development. Her tenure at Network Rail bore inclusive talent strategies, STEM advocacy, and innovative Graduate, Apprentice, and Internship initiatives. A trusted partner to a number of governmental, corporate and impact driven entities, Fiona empowers individuals and organisations, fostering diverse recruitment practices and innovative talent strategies. Fiona’s impact transcends the tech sector, positioning her as a leading voice for inclusive digital career initiatives.