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Plans to transform old clinic into a local entrepreneurial hub

RISINGSUN CHATSWORTH / 09 OCTOBER 2019 - 16.01 / STAFF REPORTER

Ranyaka successfully presented plans to transform the disused clinic into a space that will promote economic inclusion for all communities.

Local non-profit organisation, Ranyaka Community Transformation (Ranyaka), has been awarded a ten-year lease for the old Victoria Street Clinic by the Stellenbosch Municipality.

Local entrepreneurs, students and a member of the Ranyaka team gather outside the old Victoria Street Clinic- a historical space which local NPO, Ranyaka Community Transformation, plans to turn into an entrepreneurial hub to promote economic inclusion for all Stellenbosch communities. From left: Marli Goussard (enterprise development manager, Ranyaka), Bulelwa Tito (entrepreneur), Mercia Jacobs (entrepreneur), Ted Amani Wanday (student), Luthando Mathebula (student), Razia Adonis (model), Zenobia Thomas (entrepreneur), Lerato Mtiya (entrepreneur), Sibulelo Mvumvu (entrepreneur) and Garnet Christians (entrepreneur).

This after mayor, Advocate Gesie van Deventer and her Local Economic Development team called for proposals to turn the premises at 7 Victoria Street into a local entrepreneurial development hub.

Ranyaka successfully presented plans to transform the disused clinic into a space that will promote economic inclusion for all communities.

This new, centrally-located facility will offer affordable, co-working and office space to local B-BBEE entrepreneurs, as well as retail space where these entrepreneurs can sell their products.

Ranyaka will also focus on business development training and local supply chain inclusion, both of which are current challenges for B-BBEE and smaller township businesses. In turn, residents, students and tourists, will enjoy access to local products and services.

“The opening of this new facility forms part of a broader, ongoing business development process aimed at facilitating local economic inclusion,” explained Marli Goussard, enterprise development manager at Ranyaka.

The mayor stated that this building has been a challenge to the municipality for some time.

“The proposed development will create an exciting space filled with opportunities for our residents and provide especially B-BBEE entrepreneurs with unique support and space for increased participation in our local economy. Ranyaka’s extensive experience in assisting grassroots community transformation will provide our residents with a significant boost,” added the mayor.

Entrepreneur, Mercia Jacobs from Have Mercy Cakes, is excited about the fact that the new hub will provide space where entrepreneurs can introduce their products and services. “I also believe that entrepreneurs from all Stellenbosch communities need a space for networking, mentorship and training,” she explained.

Lerato Mtiya, from Yeyethu Designer Studio agrees, sharing that the development will unlock wonderful opportunities for entrepreneurs like himself.

“For me as a fashion designer, the hub will be an exciting place where I can showcase designs that Stellenbosch has never seen before,” said Mtiya.

Should sufficient funding be received, plans are for renovations to the building to commence in the first quarter of 2020. This will be an all-inclusive process.“This is a community project, so community input is crucial. Together, we can seek a solution that is both impactful and relevant to the needs of local communities,” added Goussard.

Public participation days are planned for October 17 to 19, 2019. Visitors are invited to drop in any time between 9:30am and 4:30pm on the Thursday or between 9:30am and 6:30pm on the Friday and Saturday.

The Ranyaka team will be on-hand to discuss the plans and receive community input.

Ranyaka has been extensively involved in co-creating sustainable solutions in marginalised communities since 2013 and currently works in 12 towns and neighbourhoods across South Africa as, among others, the implementing agents of Nedbank’s Proud of My Town initiative.

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LINK : https://risingsunchatsworth.co.za/143669/plans-transform-old-clinic-local-entrepreneurial-hub/

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