Chamber launched for NMB Cooperatives

2017-04-12 06:02

NELSON Mandela Bay Cooperatives received a boost with the official launch of the Nelson Mandela Bay Cooperative Chamber (NMBCC), an apex body tasked with the responsibility to ensure the sustainability and success of its members last Wednesday.

With a current membership of 64 cooperatives operating in the tourism industry, manufacturing, construction, catering, agriculture, transport, ocean economy, waste management and recycling sectors the ideal membership goal set for the NMBCC are at least 200 cooperatives.

Both the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, and the MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Sakhumzi Somyo, applauded the initiative.

“Let me thank all the stakeholders whose participation led to this launch, in particular MEC Somyo who encouraged Metro Cooperatives to become organised and to speak in one voice leading to the cooperatives now belonging to an apex organisation that will provide them with support and development,” Mayor Trollip said at the launch at the Nangoza Jebe Hall.

“I think it is very good advice as cooperatives consist of individuals and not fully-fledged companies. They are groups of individuals coming together and the directive to organise yourself is indeed sound advice.

“I am furthermore pleased to note the good working relations between all the stakeholders and the desire by all partners to establish the tertiary cooperative, the NMBCC, and to convert opportunities into sustainable growth in order for cooperatives to operate in a conducive environment.

“This initiative will place the city among the forerunners in the implementation of the national policy on cooperatives in pursuit of meaningful participation to attain local economic development imperatives,” Mayor Trollip added.

Thembinkosi Peter is the newly elected chairperson of The Nelson Mandela Bay Cooperatives Chamber and Innocent Marthinus the secretary.

MEC Sakhumzi Somyo said the advantage of an apex body for cooperatives is that they bring a number of people together that makes assistance for them from either government or the private sector easier.

“We would like you to operate in a sustainable manner so that we can assist you as an inclusive unit.

“Primary cooperatives can now be happy that they have a mother body that will at least make sure that they adhere to basic business principles and to enhance their professionalism and take them a step closer to attaining success,” said MEC Somyo.

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