‘Kaltsha hosts morning event

2017-02-16 06:01
 Gugulethu bag maker Thuleka Duze of ATG Ekasi presents a custom made gift to Zulu.

Gugulethu bag maker Thuleka Duze of ATG Ekasi presents a custom made gift to Zulu.

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Small businesses should have more access to government and must be provided with better support if they are to be successful.

This sentiment was shared by Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu at the Khayelitsha Business over Breakfast event.

Zulu admitted that small businesses were not given the opportunities to benefit from government work and that such events(as the breakfast) were important to start a dialogue.

“For example here, we have Lufefe Nomjana’s Spinach King bread that is healthy(and) that can be added to the school nutritional offering(programme), but that is not happening because the schools are supplied by big monopoly(capital).

There should be a co-ordinated effort to break the monopoly so that the local SMME’s get access to the market,” she said.

She encouraged local businesses to continue having such conversations for their growth and that her department would offer the support that was needed.

She was presented with gifts from local businesses and she listened to the challenges they faced.

Such challenges include lack of funding from banks to entrepreneurs who lacked collateral.

“Last night I received a call from a desperate woman who said she was struggling to get R30 000 for her business. She provides menstrual cups and despite having a contract from an organisation that will buy from her the banks refused to give her a loan. We need a different kind of system that is going to support the entrepreneur,” said Zulu.

One of the guest speakers was Khayelitsha success story Lufefe Nomjana who started his enterprise Spinach King offering healthy dietary options.

He is most famous for his spinach bread which has become a hit with the health conscious consumers which has seen his products in the shelves of supermarkets in the province.

“When I started Spinach King in 2015 I had(previously) failed in two businesses. I started as a retail salesman going door-to-door, selling clothes. It was hard because people wanted items on credit and struggled to pay back. I quit that business and went into photography and that too didn’t go well, so I decided to take a break and try something else,” he said .

Nomjana then started assisting in a local food garden where he used his sales skills to sell the vegetables to the community.

“I started to experiment with spinach after I read about its health benefits and that was the start of the Spinach King,” Nomjana went on to speak of the challenges that he faced starting this business.

He offered advice around leveraging and negotiating to reach targets which presentation received a standing ovation from the audience, comprising mainly of the local business community.

Event host Gerald Nomlala said they planned to hold more of the sessions.

“This event is just a stepping stone to a new beginning with more platforms for locals SMME’s to continue the dialogue.”

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