Traders gifted with equipment

2019-02-07 06:01
Minister of Small Business and Development Lindiwe Zulu together with ANC MP Ruth Bengu handing over a printer to Christina Mafenuka from Khayelitsha.     PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Minister of Small Business and Development Lindiwe Zulu together with ANC MP Ruth Bengu handing over a printer to Christina Mafenuka from Khayelitsha. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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Informal traders in Khayelitsha and elsewhere were exhilarated after they received the necessary equipment and appliances to boost their businesses from the Department of Small Business Development.

The event was held at the Andile Msizi Community Hall in Site B on Tuesday.

At least 80 different informal traders from Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain benefitted from the programme.

There were about 64 laptops, 1 router, 4 cannon cameras, 39 printers, 14 cellphones, 14 tablets, 1 laminator, SD 16G memory cards and 1 MS 365 Home software.

Each business owner received one of the equipments depending on the kind of business they were involved in.

Nogolide Feni, who runs Fenionela Manufaturing, was one of the beneficiaries.

Her business involves sewing school uniform, bedding, curtains and African wear, which she runs from Makhaza. She said the event was a stepping stone for young businesses.

Feni said she wished all other departments could come on board.

“I wish(for the) minister to continue coming. As informal traders, we want to be recognised and stop being marginalised by government,” she said.

Feni, who received a laptop and a printer, said the appliances will assist her in administration.

Khayelitsha Informal Traders Chairperson Mzukisi Mahlakahlaka said the equipment will improve the standard of their businesses.

“We feel like our businesses are undermined even though we have a great impact on the economy. We don’t have enough resources and we need training so that we can be able to operate our businesses,” said Mahlakahlaka.

Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu urged young businesses to stand up and be counted. She encouraged unity in the sector so they can be heard.

“As an organisation it’s easy for government to assist you instead of working as individuals. Talk to the Small Enterprise Development Agency.”

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