Singatha hosts informative breakfast

2015-11-26 06:00
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THE Singatha ICT incubator held a business breakfast at Umthunzi Hotel on Thursday, the aim of which was to explain to business owners what the incubator at Esayidi TVET in Oslo Beach is all about.

Chris Van Rensburg, Esayidi TVET principal, explained how the name Singatha came about.

Van Rensburg said the idea behind the incubator is to take in small businesses and groom them until they are able to operate on their own.

“The word “Singatha” means “take care of” and at Singatha we take care of and support emerging and existing businesses.”

He explained he doesn’t recommend partnerships in business, saying it’s better for businesses to be independent and get support from programmes like Singatha.

Linley Nadasen from the Department of Economic Development­, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, told guests how the KwaZulu-Natal government is involved in ICT programmes.

Nadasen said having ICTs in KZN was developed with the vision of growing the business sector.

“We have ICT incubators in many of the major municipalities - eThekwini Metro, Pietermaritsburg, Port Shepstone, and others. The incubator is a sector and also a cross-cutter, meaning you can use it to enhance other sectors.

“The idea behind the programme is to facilitate the growth of the ICT SMME sector and to enhance prominent sectors such as tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and film-making, which are dominant on the South Coast,” he said.

In Ugu districts there are a number of successful businesses that are part of the Singatha ICT incubator.

After presentations business owners spoke about their businesses and how they operate.

For more information, visit sin gath apsc@gmail.com

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