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Equipment handed to informal traders

NEWS24 / 18 JULY 2018 - 06.02 / LETHIWE MAKHANYA

MSUNDUZI Municipality, in partnership with Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) KwaZulu-Natal, handed over tools and equipment to 19 informal traders from the city as part of the Informal and Micro Enterprise Development Programme (IMEDP).

This handover was done at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall last Friday.

At the handover (from left) Mike Zondi, branch manager at Seda, Vuyiswa Ngcobo (chairperson of Msunduzi informal traders), Sbusiso Mthembu (recipient) and councillor Eunice Majola.PHOTO: nhlanhla nkosi

Each informal trader received equipment valued at R9 000.

Councillor Eunice Majola, the chairperson for Msunduzi’s portfolio committee for sustainable development and enterprise, said this is a national programme. During this project they first identified these recipients in Msunduzi and they did development training, she said.

“After the training they all passed.We [Msunduzi Municipality and Seda] then sat down and discussed how can we help them grow and develop their businesses. We asked them what equipment they need, but we also did research and visited their businesses to check if the equipment they have asked for is relevant to their businesses.

“We do not want to only train them.We want to see them grow and become big business owners one day, that is why we took this initiative,” said Majola.

She also urged recipients to take care of the equipment that they received.

Mike Zondi, Pietermaritzburg branch manager at Seda, said this was the first time they were doing this project, but from now on they will continue with it.

“We help informal traders with the equipment so that they can grow their business.

“We are spending over R5 million in these equipment in KwaZulu-Natal only, since this is a national project.

“We will be visiting other local municipalities under uMgungundlovu District Municipality to hand over equipment to other informal street traders,” he said, adding that in the coming years each informal trader will receive equipment worth R80 000.

Sbusiso Mthembu from Tamboville, who sells fried chips and fried meat, told Echo that he is very happy with the equipment that he received.

Mthembu was given a deep freezer and a scale.

“It has been a year now since I started this business. These are the things that I really needed to keep my business going and make profit.This is going to help me a lot and I am very grateful to Msunduzi Municipality and Seda,” he said.



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