Move to strengthen rights of small business in KZN

2009-03-08 00:00

A co-operation agreement that will help strengthen the rights of small business in KwaZulu-Natal has been signed between the Economic Development Department and the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro).

The signing of the agreement is expected to have a subsequent impact on the province’s economy, especially with regard to the registration of small-scale enterprises such as co-operatives that provide an entry point for the historically disenfranchised communities to the real economy.

“This agreement will mean a lot for the promotion of business participation, the protection of intellectual property and indigenous knowledge of the people of this province,” said Finance and Economic Development MEC Zweli Mkhize, in a message read by his head of department, Carol Coetzee. Mkhize could not attend the signing ceremony due to other engagements.

“The training of our staff by Cipro will further enhance the way our district offices offer services to small business in the province, thereby bolstering the numbers of people who are able to participate in growing our economy,” said Mkhize.

The MEC also said the most important aspect of this agreement is that people will now no longer have to travel to Pretoria to get their companies registered, or to access other related services.

Cipro CEO Keith Sendwe said his organisation has a passion for companies, regardless of size, and their mission is to see to these companies.

Sendwe said the service level agreement signed with the department will decentralise Cipro services and bring them to the doorstep of all citizens.

Sendwe said Cipro entails more than the registration of companies; they deal with issues of intellectual property, indigenous knowledge, business advice, networking support, training and development.

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