MEC: Govt has opened up economic opportunities for the people

2007-11-11 00:00

Mkhize was speaking as a guest yesterday at a breakfast meeting organised by members of the Zimnandizonke Trading Enterprise, a newly established close corporation dealing in cattle ranching near Thornville. Zimnandizonke was celebrating the receipt of funding from Ithala Bank to start a ranching business.

“I have observed one thing in my life - that nothing is impossible, it just depends [on] one's vision and passion. Previously, there were no opportunities for economic emancipation, but the government is now making sure that all its citizens get equal opportunities regardless of their race,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize stressed that it is the people who need to regroup and organise themselves into partnerships and chart their own way forward to grab opportunities. He said gone are the times when people wait to be assisted without them moving an inch from where they are standing.

“You can lead a thirsty horse to the river, but if it does not want to drink water, there is nothing you can do. I want to thank members of the Zimnandizonke and their affiliating partners who showed that such things are possible in life. Our struggle previously was about two things, first political emancipation and secondly for economic emancipation so to avoid a scenario where people think they have power but are unable to lead normal lives,” he said.

Mkhize said all of these economic opportunities were being undertaken to lay a strong foundation for future generations and he said without these it would take a long time for poverty to be unravelled.

The core business, said CEO Gethwane Mahlase, is for them to buy young livestock, nurture and sell it to abattoirs.

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