24 April 2015

Entrepreneurial Opportunities In The Woodwork Industry

Small businesses and those that aspire to start a business in woodwork and furniture manufacturing, will have the opportunity to gain more insight on this sector at an information sharing session in Springfield next week Wednesday, 29/04/2015.

The seminar, which is organised by eThekwini Municipality in partnership with Furniture Technology Centre Trust (Furntech), is targeted at unemployed youth, Small, Medium and Micro Entrepreneurs, and those who tried to establish businesses but were unsuccessful. Participants will get an opportunity to learn more about the carpentry sector and contribute in growing the economy through job creation.

Deputy Mayor and Chairperson of Economic Development and Planning Committee, Nomvuzo Shabalala said, this sector is at the heart of the City’s economy and is the key driver of job creation and growth. Not only does it positively impact in the economy but also plays a vital role in the protection of the environment because it has the potential to reduce carbon emission that causes global warming.

“The Municipality is committed to such programmes to enable us to deal with the triple challenges of high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality. The majority of people who are affected and live below the poverty line are our youth. It is for this reason that the Municipality and Furntech have taken an initiative to support youth who are keen to starting businesses in this sector,” she said. 

Aspiring entrepreneurs and unemployed youth from eThekwini who are between the ages of 18 to 35 and have carpentry skills are invited to attend the session. Participants are required to have a Grade 10 education qualification with Mathematics or Maths Literacy and should be first-time beneficiaries from a similar programme.

The seminar is scheduled as follows:

Venue: Furntech Springfield

Date: Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Time: 09h30 –12h00

For enquiries regarding the programme contact Mpume Ntuli on: 031 311 3451


Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa. 

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za​