Hawkers trained

2019-04-04 06:00
Informal businesses attended a Community Enterprise Development Programme in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Informal businesses attended a Community Enterprise Development Programme in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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The people that attended the community enterprise development programme were informal traders and those that are interested in starting up their own businesses.

Nomangesi Libala from Khayelitsha said she does not have a business at the moment but is hoping to open up one soon. She attended the workshop to be equipped on ways to go about doing that.

“I do not have a business but I want to start up my own tshisanyama and coming here has helped me a lot,” she said.

Libala said she learned about drawing up a business plan and what she wanted to sell.

She said she even learned about Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) and where to go to get funding for her business.

Car wash owner Phumlani Ntsomi said he started his business last year and had decided to attend the workshop to empower himself.

“I already have a business but I came here to empower myself so I can grow my business,” he said.

Ntsomi said he learned a lot about tax because his business is not registered therefore he does not get taxed but he would love to comply and pay tax as well.

Siyabulela Tshem, director of Timothy Trading and Projects, said the purpose of the workshop is to empower informal businesses that lack skills to enable them to participate fully in the country’s economic activities.

He said most informal businesses do not know how to go about participating in the country’s economic activities due to lack of information.

Tshem said they are not aware that Seta is there to support them to grow their businesses until they become sustainable ventures.

“They remain in the cycle of poverty, non-growth, informality and are therefore excluded from the mainstream of the economy,” said Tshem.


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