Traders get injection

2019-10-24 06:02
From left Buyiswa Jara, Nonyameko Qhaba, Bukeka Mgqwaki and Bulelwa Mgqwaki started a sweing company. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

From left Buyiswa Jara, Nonyameko Qhaba, Bukeka Mgqwaki and Bulelwa Mgqwaki started a sweing company. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Aspiring entrepreneurs from different townships got an opportunity to showcase their businesses during an exhibition held at False Bay College, in Khayelitsha, on Thursday 16 October.

A total of 27 businesses from Khayelitsha, Philippi, Mitchell’s Plain and Strand took part in the exhibition after completing a five-day business training conducted by the college’s Centre For Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator.

Although the centre is based in Westlake, the training was conducted at the Khayelitsha campus.

The training focussed on running a successful business including ways to develop a profitable entity, business and customer value, revenue drivers and the art of pitching.

Abraham Oliver, programme manager for the incubator, said they are there to serve and support small businesses.

“We teach these businesses how to survive and how to spot opportunities that will grow them,” he said.

Oliver said they mentor the entrepreneurs on how to run successful businesses by offering them workshops.

He said they selected South African owned businesses that had been in operation for more than 18 months, in the four geographical areas.

He said the plan is to make sure that the businesses improve their products or service offering and will be able to market it.

Oliver said they also brought different stakeholders to help the businesses to grow. He said township businesses do not have the time to look for help.

“A lot of small businesses close down because they lack funding and the necessary help which is why today they will get all the help they need from the stakeholders here,” he said.

Buyiswa Jara, a partner from Msimbithi sewing company in Khayelitsha, said they started their business in 2011 as unemployed women.

“We had to feed our families and take our children to school. So we decided to start our own business,” said Jara.

She said they make a range of traditional attires including hats, purses and handbags. They also use recyclables to make some of their products.

Like any other business, the ladies have their fair share of challenges.

Jara said it is hard for them to grow their business. She cited money as one of their biggest challenges. She hopes the training will help them to grow and expose their business.

Owner of Thoko’s Bakery in Khayelitsha Thokozile Gaqisa said she can bake anything for whatever occasion, but would love to see her business grow.

She started the business in 2017 in Ilitha Park. She said the business is still unknown. She bakes from home and would love to get funding in order to grow the business and get bigger premises.

“I learnt a lot from the training like how to market my business because that is what was lacking not a lot of people know about it,” said Gaqisa.

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