Showcase proves township businesses thriving

2015-06-10 06:01
Seda’s district manager, Andile Yengeni (left), and provincial marketing manager Desmond Nyakaza flank entrepreneur and Bay TV host Tsidi Limba at the Loxion Business Expo held in New Brighton recently.

Seda’s district manager, Andile Yengeni (left), and provincial marketing manager Desmond Nyakaza flank entrepreneur and Bay TV host Tsidi Limba at the Loxion Business Expo held in New Brighton recently.

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NELSON Mandela Bay businesspeople set aside a day at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton recently to showcase their business prowess.

Sponsored by the Small Enterprise Development Agency, (Seda) and facilitated by Tsidi Limba, a local entrepreneur and director of Luchumo Events, the event was aimed at spotlighting what local entrepreneurs are doing to grow their businesses.

A total of 47 businesses from sectors including furniture-making, fashion-design, auto-bodyworks, publishing, finance, bookkeeping and recording had been represented, said Limba, who presents the BayTV business programme, Fix My Business.

“In my moving around Nelson Mandela Bay in contact with entrepreneurs for the content of the programme, I realised that not all township businesses were in need of a fix - in fact the majority of local entrepreneurs, as witnessed by these displays, are running successful businesses,” Limba said.

With the assistance of Seda, the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development and the EC Development Corporation, the day had given them an opportunity to say, “Here we are, and this is what we do”, he said.

Nelson Mandela Bay Seda manager Andile Yengeni said, “Seda has been around since 2004. We exist in order to help local small and emerging entrepreneurs access finance.”

Yengeni said Seda was concerned that few people knew it was aimed at assisting entrepreneurs, so there was a need to move the Seda offices from the city centre to the townships.

“These small businesses are adding value to our communities. Without assistance many of them fail, so we are saying that we will pilot a Seda office in New Brighton to ensure that we are accessible to people at a local level. And that means they won’t even need bus fare to come to our offices.”

Asked what she thought local entrepreneurs would take from the day, Limba said she hoped it would serve, “to create a network among businesses in the township, to show investors that they are young entrepreneurs who are capable and foster the spirit of entrepreneurship among the unemployed - to wake up and do things for themselves in the spirit of Vuk’uzenzele”

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