Training essential for spazas

2018-03-15 06:01
Wholesale and Retail Sector Education marketing manager Martha Shingane says informal businesses and spazas often fail because their owners have no training.  Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

Wholesale and Retail Sector Education marketing manager Martha Shingane says informal businesses and spazas often fail because their owners have no training. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

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Small business owners in the townships believe their businesses don’t grow because they don’t have enough money.

But Wholesale and Retail Sector Education officials told them at a workshop on Saturday it’s skills that they lack.

The workshop was held at Samora Machel Primary School in Philippi.

The organisation’s marketing manager Martha Shingange said her job was to teach them how to do business. She teaches informal traders and spaza shop owners how to do business.

“We’re going into different communities, particularly rural areas and townships, targeting informal traders because they’re a very big part of economic growth,” she said.

“South Africa has a high rate of unemployment and, as a result, we encourage entrepreneurship.”

Business owners who have been operating for a long time said they have nothing to show for it.

“Mkhuseli Jara (44) from Samora Machel said Somali spaza owners do better than him. Philippi Black Business Chamber deputy president Xamela Ndesi urged Shingange’s organisation to open
offices in Philippi and Khayelitsha to be closer to kasi businesses.

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