Imbizo held to help locals in business

2018-10-04 06:02
Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel addressing small businesses in an Imbizo he hosted in Khayelitsha last week. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel addressing small businesses in an Imbizo he hosted in Khayelitsha last week. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Small business owners across the Metro had the golden opportunity to voice their concerns and share ideas with Economic Development minister Ebrahim Patel at an Imbizo at the Lookout Hill, in Khayelitsha, last Friday.

However, it was not all doom and gloom as they received advice on formal business registration, tax clearance, business plan development, coaching, mentoring, market access and financial support to grow their businesses.

Patel said the gathering was to bring economic agencies to the community.

“By bringing the agencies to the communities, we are hoping to help them grow their businesses,” he said.

He called on government and small businesses to unite towards a powerful economy, and provide employed opportunities.

He further the agencies to pull up their socks, saying most small businesses needed their services.

He added that they would love to have more such Imbizo’s in the province, but because of a huge demand around the country, they could not be everywhere.

Business owners expressed their disappointment with the amount of assistance from the agencies.

Elsie Marhawu, owner of Maphalang, a catering company in Khayelitsha, said she struggled to get funding to grow her business.

“When I first started my catering business, I was limited to the size of the business I could service because I did not have enough equipment, like stoves and other items one needs for such a business,” she said.

Marhawu said the gathering has helped her know and understand which doors to knock on in order to grow her business.

Faith Makana, a property investor from Langa, said funding remains her biggest challenge.


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