Call for PMB business owners to unite

2017-03-22 06:02

“LET us make Alan Paton Drive the Vilakazi Street of Scottsville in Pietermaritzburg.”

This is what businessman, Deon Marillier, told Maritzburg Fever in an interview regarding promoting small businesses.

Marillier runs a B&B in Scottsville in Alan Paton Drive and feels it’s time “to give new businesses a chance to make a name for themselves”.

“We live in a very busy road with loads of opportunities. We have different businesses, one business compliments the other.

“We don’t have to see it a as a negative­ competition, rather as a positive competition that will uplift the economy of the area and the city.

“Big businesses have played their role, and we also want to make it big one day,” he said.

In his State of the Province Address, Premier Willies Mchunu emphasised the importance of investing in small, medium and micro enterprises.

Mchunu said as much as communities need shopping malls, it must not be forgotten that small businesses do exist and need all the support they can get.

This was music to most small business owners who feel the government has abandoned them.

“The time has come for a revolution for small business.

“There are creative minds waiting to be imported back home.

The forum will reduce the export of our talented students.

“Stop exporting ideas and keep our energy at home,” read Marillier’s letter to small business owners.

He added the business men and women in the city have the potential, when combined, to produce world class businesses for the whole of KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa.

“We need to be recognised on the world map as multi-product-offering destinations.

“There is constant negative talk. Why move to other provinces when we can create our own wealth here.

“This all starts with small business.

“There is a deeper passion to make the next 50 years work,” he said.

Marillier called on big and small businesses to join forces and help make the City of Choice a tourist destination rather than tourists merely passing through.

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