THE SOUTH REGIONAL BUSINESS FAIR KICKS OFF AT UMLAZI
Written by: Nothando Mkhize
The eThekwini Municipality kicked off the three-day long South Regional Business Fair on Friday at Umlazi.
The Business Fair held at KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre saw young entrepreneurs come together to build and grow their businesses within the same platform. The theme for the business fair was Radical Economic Transformation and its Implication on Small Business in the Townships.
EThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede, said that the gathering was a great way for people to engage and that businesses should not be confined to one place.
“There can never be real radical transformation if our people do not benefit. Today we are having members from Ndwedwe, we are having members from Umbumbulu and also members of Umlazi, Isipingo and in the inner city, that shows that when communities come together they can do more,” Gumede said.
Apart from the introductory of the fair, the eThekwini Mayor, National Treasury and the Director General of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) unveiled a new bridge called KwaMnyandu Pedestrian Bridge.
Director General of the GCIS, Phumla Williams speaking on behalf of Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo who was in Namibia, added that it is necessary to encourage revival of the township’s economy as well as entrepreneurs at large.
“As government, we can only tackle many of the inequities in society such as those in education, unemployment and healthcare by bringing together a diverse set of stakeholders,” Williams said.
When she was asked for the significance of the bridge being unveiled on this specific day, Williams explained that the Umlazi area has a history of violence therefore the bridge is a sign of bringing people and townships together, and also making the shopping centre easily accessible.
Former Durban University of Technology student and entrepreneur Zet Ghu said that all went well for his company as a first time exhibitor.
“Everything was positive for my company Afreecan Khonsirps. We are still learning and I’m hoping to do more stuff and I think this is a great platform to learn and actually grow,” Ghu explained.
*Caption: Director General of the GCIS, Phumla Williams, and eThekwini Mayor Her Worship Zandile Gumede, at the exhibition stands.