15 April 2015 – Imperial Logistics group company Resolve has concluded a cooperation agreement with an emerging black owned supply chain advisory business, Zakusa. The deal includes an option for Resolve to acquire equity in the organisation at a later stage.

Zakusa is a black-owned SME that provides advisory and professional services in the supply chain arena. The company qualifies as an empowering supplier in terms of the new B-BBEE codes, which means that it will feature in preferential procurement calculations. Zakusa will be a B-BBEE level 2 business under the new codes, with structures and plans in place to move to level 1.

“The fresh talent within Zakusa represents the future of the South African supply chain industry,” states Resolve MD, Heinrich Strauss. “With the new codes and the transformation focus, there is a clear emphasis on ensuring the success of black owned business – and especially black youth owned business. It is now up to corporate South Africa to strategically position itself to embrace the changes and move forward accordingly. Resolve has been hugely impressed by the drive these young people have to succeed. We have embarked on this journey to expand our businesses by nurturing the energy and passion in combination with our depth of skills and experience.”

Zakusa’s Ben Mnyandu comments: “Zakusa has already established a reputation for the kind of energy and drive that is inherent in successful businesses. What we need now is guidance, mentoring and support that can propel us to the next level. We have identified Resolve as having the skills, structure and credibility that we seek.”

Expanding on the partnership and its benefits to both parties, Strauss says that Resolve will mentor Zakusa management in areas where they have yet to develop their full potential while also putting in place established systems to strengthen Zakusa’s back office. “In addition, the financial backing of Resolve (and Imperial) will enable Zakusa to take advantage of bigger industry opportunities, thereby growing the company through exposure to new business networks. Zakusa enables Resolve to access an entirely new pool of supply chain talent. We have the opportunity to tap into a wide variety of previously inaccessible markets and participate in an effective enterprise development programmethat contributes to the achievement of the country’s socioeconomic goals,” he concludes.

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