As part of the National Imbizo Focus Week the Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu and North West MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development Ms Wendy Nelson will, on Thursday, 3 December 2015, award certificates to informal traders and hand over a cheque to Mamusa Youth Environmental Project in Mamusa Local Municipality to enable the project to grow and thrive.

Informal traders who will receive certificates were offered training on entrepreneurship through a partnership between the Department of Small Business Development, the provincial department and the Wholesale and Retail SETA. Minister Zulu and MEC Nelson will also hand over equipment that will enable informal traders to sustain their businesses. The informal traders were trained in Introduction to entrepreneurship; Advertising and Promotion; Customer care and service; Basic financial management; Purchasing skills; Legal issues i.e. by-laws and compliance, among others.

“The National Informal Business Upliftment Support was initiated to create a conducive environment for informal hawkers to participate in the mainstream economy. The project goal is to identify, train, mentor and provide infrastructure support to 1000 informal traders including capacity building for Informal Trader Organizations in all nine Provinces over 18 months in partnership with relevant stakeholders, said Minister Zulu.

According to MEC Nelson, the department, together with the Wholesale and Retail Ceta and District Municipalities has thus far successfully recruited 128 informal traders from 7 identified municipalities within the Province. The induction exercise was done in various sites/towns and the actual 10 days training was offered by Vuselela TVET College.

“Through this event we want to officially showcase government support to informal businesses which is aimed at job creation and economic growth,” said MEC Nelson.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Part One: Handing over of the cheque and door-to-door programme:

Date: Thursday, 3 December 2015

Venue: Mamusa Youth Environmental Project

Time: 09h00

Part Two: Certificate ceremony:

Date: Thursday, 3 December 2015

Venue: Klondike Guest Lodge, Vryburg along N14 Kuruman road

Time: 12h00

Part Three: Visit to informal traders area, walk-about and door-to-door programme

Date: Thursday, 3 December 2015

Venue: Vryburg

Time: 14h00

RSVPs: Ms. Baabua Thukubi on 082 374 7161 or Sharlene Packree: 063 292 9929.


Mr Cornelius Monama

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