Informal traders graduate

2015-08-27 06:01

Informal traders from Khayelitsha were awarded after completion of an upliftment course recently. 

Mandla MAhashe

Informal traders from Khayelitsha were awarded after completion of an upliftment course recently. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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“Knowledge applied is power,” .

That was the key message at the recent graduation ceremony at the Informal Traders Upliftment Programme in Khayelitsha.

About 30 traders from around were awarded for their participation in the pilot project established by the Wholesale and Retail SETA and the department of small business development.

The course in entrepreneurship was facilitated by the False Bay College through their Centre for Entrepreneurship (CFE).

According to CFE manager Steve Reid the course was rolled out in a month and consisted of 10 modules.

Not end of the road“We are certain that the traders that are part of this project will see the fruits of the knowledge they gained through this course.

We understand that for a long time informal traders were ignored in the business sector and by receiving such training, we want to make sure that they grow in business,” said Reid.

The course was rolled out in other provinces such as the Eastern Cape and KZN and we see traders receive a R9000 stipend for their businesses.

According to Nozipo Sibisi from WR SETA, graduation in the project is not the end. “The project won’t end with this graduation but with continued support in the form of monitoring and mentorships,” she said.

She said that she was happy to see that the vendors were very passionate and dedicated after receiving reports of 100% attendance during the course.

“I’m glad to know that the traders are taking the development of their businesses seriously and that their aim was not to pocket the stipend and run with it.

A milestoneAs a country we need to see informal traders taking their rightful place as the catalyst for business development,” she said.

Guest speaker on the day was Lindelani Sibisi from Tenga International who urged the traders to use the information they received in the course.

“This is a milestone for you,” he said addressing the traders. “You were neglected before but they didn’t know that the informal trade industry is worth R1, 7 billion a year.

You are literally sitting in a lot of money and these programme will help you capitalise on this”,” she said to much applause from the graduates.

Nombulelo Fuyizilo, a meat trader, said that they have learnt a lot through the course and are hoping to learn more. V

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