ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
08 OCTOBER 2018
 
EThekwini Municipality Take Radical Economic Transformation To Another Level
 
In a bid to fast-track Radical Economic Transformation (RET), eThekwini Municipality Mayor Zandile Gumede invites all legal businesses to register in the Ward Based Business Database,a brainchild of the Metro.
 
This aggressive campaign seeks to ensure that all legal businesses based in wards are registered and are in an advantageous position to have a slice of the big pie. According to Gumede, this should start at ward level to paved way for RET, the city launched last year, to be permanently rooted in former disadvantaged communities.
 
“The Municipality came up with this initiative to promote inclusive business growth and breed entrepreneurs. The campaign allows all businesses to be treated equally and have a fair chance of being awarded Municipal work. We want to do away with the monopoly of big business. We want to see big projects where our people live eradicating grinding poverty speedily. This is the position we have taken and we are not compromising in this regard” said Gumede.
 
With the Ward Based Business Database campaign in full swing, Gumede is optimistic that her municipality in a short space of time could tower above the rest in implementing RET.
 
“We are in a mission to give fair opportunities to black and emerging entrepreneurs, youth, disabled and women. This database will also give an account of how many businesses have participated in certain projects. This will help us to ensure that those who never benefited are prioritised,”Gumede added.
 
The current eThekwini Municipality Database and the Central Database does not cater for ward representation,plans are now afoot to ensure that the City’s database is updated to include the ward business representation.
 
Mayor urged businesses to take an advantage of this initiative because it will also assist ward enterprises on compliance issues and that they are registered on Central Supplier Database and Vendor Portal.
 
Businesses are urged to take note of the below requirements to be able to register:
 
•Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
•BBBEE certificate
•Valid tax clearance
•CIDB (If applicable)
•Proof of company address
•Verification letter from Ward Councillor confirming the business is from the ward
•Proof of company banking account
•Copy of owner Identification Document
The campaigns for the remaining areas will take place as follows:
•On 09 – 10 October the campaign will take place at Pinetown Civic Centre from 09h00
•On 11- 12 October the campaign will take place in Hammarsdale at Mpumalanga Main Hall from 09h00
•On 15- 16 October it will take place in KwaMashu at KwaMashu G Section Community Hall from 09h00
•On 21 – 23 October the campaign will take place at Durban Exhibition Centre next to the ICC from 09h00
 
For more information about registration of businesses in the Ward Base Business Database contact Khosi Sithole on 031 322 7830 or email: khosi.sithole@durban.gov.za
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele on 031 311 4825 or email: mandla.nsele@durban.gov.za
 
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