MEDIA ADVISORY
 
14 July 2016
 
For immediate release
 
MEC Zikalala to Lead Business Talks at the North Regional Business Fair
 
Ways in which small businesses can thrive and grow into profitable enterprises, will be shared by KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, this coming weekend during eThekwini Municipality’s North Regional Business Fair in KwaMashu.
 
Speaking ahead of the three-day fair, Zikalala, a strong proponent of driving the agenda of radical economic transformation in the province such that it benefits youth and women in particular, said the transformation of township and rural economies was central to the empowerment of the previously marginalised.
 
“We need to ensure that we turn our townships into economic centres that can, on their own, be fountains of bustling business activities, draw our people into mainstream and ultimately ensure that they add towards our agenda of changing the ownership patterns of the economy of this country. In this regard, this business fair should be understood in that context of being one of the events that are aimed at ensuring that we create opportunities for more previously disadvantaged people to play a key role in the economy,” MEC Zikalala said.
 
The Regional Business fair, which is a platform for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) to explore business opportunities and seek business ventures to progress, will take place on 15 -17 July at Bridge City in KwaMashu. The high-profile exhibition will run simultaneously with business seminars that will address issues of radical economic transformation as well as ways of building synergies for township economic development.
 
EThekwini Mayor, James Nxumalo, echoed Zikalala’s sentiments adding that economic transformation remained one of the avenues through which government could counter the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.
 
“These Regional Business Fairs are vital mechanisms through which we as government are able to identify sectors that have the potential to create employment opportunities for local people,” said Nxumalo.
 
The Regional Fairs have become vital platforms that afford small businesses the opportunity to acquire much needed businesses skills, engage with various sectors and also assist SMMEs gain valuable exposure to potential buyers.
 
Zikalala will be accompanied by local business people including Vivian Reddy and other prominent speakers from private and various business sectors who will share business knowledge and tips with local entrepreneurs.
 
Entry to the North Regional Business Fair is free.
 
Members of the media are invited to attend North Regional Business Fair scheduled as follows:
 
DATE : 15 – 17 July 2016
TIME : 09h00
VENUE: Bridge City Mall, KwaMashu
 
Ends
 
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 or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za
 
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