13 July 2016
EThekwini Empowers Youth and Unemployed People Through the First Local Furniture Incubator
EThekwini’s first Furniture Incubator may soon be the number one furniture distributer for built-in cupboards fitted in all breaking new ground houses (formerly known as RDP) in the Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (PINK) areas.
This was announced by the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala on, 12 July, when the City, in partnership with the Furntech Technology Trust-launched the state-of-the-art Furniture Incubator in KwaMashu.
Zikalala commended the City and Furntech for the initiative which he said will create job opportunities for people of all races within the PINK areas.
“I will approach other departments and encourage them to order the furniture used when building breaking new ground houses from the incubator. I will also urge my colleagues to order their office furniture and school desks. This will contribute towards the development of our economy,” he said.
EThekwini Acting Deputy City Manager for Economic Development, Musa Mbhele said the City was proud of the job creation initiative.
The partnership between the City and Furntech will create a link between government and the private sector, he said. “This will in turn create a link between skilled workers and established companies, creating employment opportunities for skilled workers,” said Mbhele.
Regional ANC Chairperson and Executive Committee Member, Cllr Zandile Gumede said more incubators will be unveiled in the City, including one that will be based in Springfield.
“This is an example of what the City is doing to create more job opportunities for our people,” she said.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality Head of Communications Unit, Tozi Mthethwa.
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