Gas couple’s dreams come true

2015-12-10 06:00
 Deputy mayor Alderman Ian Neilson cutting the ribbon whilst c-o owner Mavis Nongongo looks on.

Deputy mayor Alderman Ian Neilson cutting the ribbon whilst c-o owner Mavis Nongongo looks on.

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Sithembile and Mavis Nongogo have always dreamed of one day running their own business.

And this dream has come true for them, after their wishes were granted when the City of Cape Town’s launched a project for an enabling environment to drive economic opportunities and job creation in this region.

The Khayelitsha now run their own gas retail business thanks to this project.

The couple had approached the City of Cape Town for assistance in 2014 when they required land on which to operate a gas retail business in Khayelitsha.

In line with the City’s commitment to leveraging its assets to drive economic growth and sustainable development, the City made a portion of vacant municipal land of 1 000 m² in size available to them for their business.

After following the necessary competitive and legislative process, a 10-year lease agreement was entered into with the City’s Property Management Department.

Having access to the land has enabled the couple to build a formal structure on the premises, which is situated on the corner of Phakamani and Spine Roads.

The city’s acting executive mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, on Saturday officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the opening of the business’s new premises.

‘The City commends this couple for taking the initiative to approach us for help in finding an appropriate property for their business.

‘We are constantly trying to enable economic growth through the release of properties or portions of vacant properties that are not required for municipal service delivery. Sadly, however, there are few success stories and often the beneficiaries are not able to grab the potential economic opportunities.

‘This is why we are delighted with the progress that has been made in this case. The entrepreneurial spirit is of vital importance in the South African economy and governments must assist to create an enabling environment to boost entrepreneurship and self-employment,” said Alderman Neilson.

Mavis said she was thrilled to have the new premises.

“In 2013 we had a terrible fire accident in our old premises and it cost us dearly and with the new shop I can sleep in peace because everything is in order,” she said.

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