NEWS FLASH
 
22 June 2016
 
For immediate release
 
New Telecentre to be Launched in Hammarsdale
 
In a bid to respond to various challenges faced by small businesses in rural and township areas, eThekwini Municipality in partnership with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, will on Friday, 24 June 2016, launch a new telecommunication centre/internet café in Hammarsdale.
 
This follows numerous complaints from young business owners who voiced their dissatisfaction with government’s handling of issues pertaining to small businesses. At the Business Seminar held last year, small businesses highlighted lack of access to services as a stumbling block to their ability to compete globally.
 
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala, said: “We are very excited about the launch of the Telecentre. This confirms the Municipality's commitment to providing comprehensive business support to disadvantaged small businesses which will assist them with sustainability and growth.
 
“Our reason for partnering with the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services is to ensure that emerging businesses, mainly in rural and township areas are equipped with modern technology to be able to improve their business markets and contribute in job creation and the country’s economy,” she said.
 
The launch will be held alongside the Business Indaba which will be addressed by Telecommunication and Postal Services Minister, Dr Siyabonga Cwele. The Business Indaba is aimed at empowering businesses on role of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in developing and marketing their businesses.
 
Businesses will engage with the Minister to share information and business opportunities available in his department for small businesses.
Renowned leaders and speakers from various ICT sectors will be in attendance to talk about effective ICT services they offer, which will in turn assist businesses to improve their business and easily reach their markets.
 
Shabalala added that the Telecentre will boost entrepreneurs businesses because they will now be able to collect and submit tender document with ease. “This initiative is one of our interventions to achieve the local government’s constitutional mandate of promoting economic development,” she said.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the eThekwini Head of Communications Unit, Tozi Mthethwa.
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