Zulu keeps word, visits traders

2016-02-25 06:00
Lindiwe Zulu, minister of Small Business Development visited informal traders, on Thursday, in Mfuleni. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Lindiwe Zulu, minister of Small Business Development visited informal traders, on Thursday, in Mfuleni. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Lindiwe Zulu, the minister of Small Business Development, visited a group of informal traders in Mfuleni last Thursday and the lot were more the happier with her presence.

The visit was a follow-up on the progress made since their last meting.

She advised the small business owners to be “committed” on growing their businesses and also to stay “united” to ensure that they support each other.

“If you are divided it will be difficult for us to deliver. You must be united. It is important that you create an environment that is conducive for the success of your business. We cannot help you if you do not show us the willingness to help each other. You need to be committed to what you are doing.”

The informal traders were part of 115 small business owners, from across the province, who recently graduated after attending a 14-day training course at the False Bay College in Khayelitsha recently.

The graduates were also given fridges and microwaves by Zulu’s department.

Zulu was accompanied by representatives from Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SOC) Ltd which is commonly known as Sefa. She said she saw a need to give the informal traders a few minutes of her busy schedule.

She was rushing to parliament for the debate of State of the Nation address (SoNA).

Zulu appealed to the informal traders to “pray” for the ANC as it was on the receiving ends of strong criticism in parliament.

Thozama Gwente, 41, who owns an informal Shisanyama in Town Two said she was happy with the minister’s visit.

“We are happy to see that the minister is making a follow-up on what she discussed with us. The training shed light on many things, such as customer care, how to handle our finances and that we must keep our businesses clean.
We have changed the way we do our business for the best now after the training. They really helped us,” Gwente said.

Gwente is a member of United Khayelitsha Informal Traders Association (UKITA).

Bulelani Makeleni, business advisor from Seda, explained the services that the agency offers to the informal traders.

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