ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
03 NOVEMBER 2017
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Spaza Shops to Benefit From City’s Small Business Development Initiative
 
City’s ongoing drive to transform and empower informal businesses in order to enable rapid economic growth has resulted in another pioneering initiative.
 
EThekwini Municipality will host Township Business Workshops in partnership with KwaZulu-Natal provincial government entities between 7 November and 5 December in various eThekwini regions.
 
The Municipality’s Senior Manager for Informal Economy Michael Hlangu said: “The main aim of this initiative is to provide local business owners with key training, business coaching support, introduction of a revolving funding facility model and bulk buying concept to grow their businesses.”
 
With this initiative, Hlangu said the City is targeting tuckshop and spaza shop owners. Other role-players within the informal economy will also benefit from the workshops.
 
“The dire need of accelerating economic growth, job creation as well as reducing poverty levels is real and small businesses are recognised for their potential to address these economic challenges,” Hlangu added.
 
Chairperson of Economic Development and Planning Committee Councillor Sipho Kaunda applauded this strategic move which is spearheaded by the Municipality’s Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit.
 
In a bid to create more jobs, Councillor Kaunda said ensuring business growth is high on the Municipality’s agenda. “I trust these workshops will deliver tangible development and empowerment solutions to small businesses.”
 
He urged local small business owners to attend these workshops, saying it will positively impact on the growth and success of their businesses.
 
All workshops are scheduled to start at 09:00am. Members of the media are also welcome to attend the workshops scheduled as follow:
 
•7 November, Ngoqokazi Hall, Inanda
•9 November, Bester Hall, Inanda
•14 November, Dassenhoek Hall, Nagina
•20 November, Old Cinema W-section, Umlazi
•21 November, Clermont Auditorium-Zazi Road
•22 November, ITrump Hall, Warwick Avenue
•23 November, Mkhumbane Hall, Cator Manor
•24 November, Heavenside Hall, Chatsworth
•27 November, UMbumbulu Pandwini Hall, Folweni/UMbumbulu
•28 November, Waterloo Community Hall
•29 November, Magaba Hall, Harmmasdale
•30 November, Newlands West Hall
•5 December, Mountview Hall, Verulam
 
Entry to the workshops is free. For further details contact Michael Hlangu on 031 308 9900/38 or email michael.hlangu@durban.gov.za
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality's Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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