Local businesses vow to fight for work

2018-06-29 06:00

BUSINESS people from Harry Gwala District threatened to disallow businesses coming from outside the district to secure local opportunities.

They said municipalities and government departments in the district must prioritise local business over foreign companies and businesses.

A new structure, led by chairperson Andile Mbhalo of Harry Gwala Chamber of Business, was formed at Unity Lounge in Umzimkhulu on Sunday. Dee Mtshali was elected secretary and other members include Nyameko Mkhze, Modli Lukhozi, Bheki Jali, Vusi Ngcobo and Siyanda Mkhize.

Speaking to the Fever, Jali said people who own catering and construction companies have joined the business chamber and would be assisted, by the structure, in order to benefit from work opportunities within the district. He asked shop owners, local funeral parlours and small businesses to also join the chamber.

“We established a business chamber after being excluded by other municipalities.

Many projects in Harry Gwala District were given to foreign companies, and not local companies, and we want to end that because there are many local companies that have the capacity to deliver these projects.

“We have engaged the district municipality to contribute in the growth of local companies and businesses,” added Jali.

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Harry Gwala Region welcomed the launch of the business structure.

“It is quite uplifting to learn that there is a newly elected structure that will be instrumental in the advancement and championing of the local economic development within the Harry Gwala jurisdiction.

“It is also enticing and attractive to know that this chamber of business is dominated by young entrepreneurs,” said ANCYL secretary Qiniso Ntozakhe.

“The ANCYL resolved that the economy of Harry Gwala Region must benefit people of the region, particularly young entrepreneurs, and we hope that this chamber will ensure the realisation of this resolution and decisively address the triple challenges that continue to affect youth,” added Ntozakhe.

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