Training boosts business

2016-06-01 06:00

QWAQWA. – The contribution of informal traders to economic growth, employment creation, poverty eradication and the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) continues to occupy centre stage in the economic progress of the Free State provincial government.

The Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, through the Micro Enterprise Support Programme, has provided business and financial management skills training support to a group of spaza shop owners and hawkers in Qwaqwa.

This has been done in partnership with the Maluti-a-Phofung Municipality and Amalgamated Beverages Industries (ABI).

About 100 spaza owners in Maluti-a-Phofung were trained by the Small Business Development section of the department in an effect to improve the sustainability of their businesses.

A further 26 hawkers received training by the ABI and will receive their own trailers to help them improve their appeal, visibility and projection of their stock.

The objective of this programme is to develop and support micro enterprises in the Free State, to promote entrepreneurship, as well as to fund and increase access to resources and capital for Free Staters, especially the youth, women and people with disabilities.

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