BUSINESS SEMINAR

Jul 12, 2023 News by Zakhele Mtholo

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RIGHT: Ubuhlebezwe Municipality Mayor, Cllr Elizabethi Bathobile Ngubo and Honourable Nomalungela Gina the Deputy Minister of Trade Industry and Economic Development Department of the Republic of South Africa

 

UBUHLEBEZWE MUNICIPALITY hosted the Business Seminar in partnership with The Department of Trade Industry and Competition and Harry Gwala District Municipality at Peace Initiative Hall in Ixopo. The Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry, and Competition, Ms. Nomalungelo Gina led the program which is aimed at uplifting local businesses.

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality mayor, Cllr Elizabeth Bathobile Ngubo making her remarks said, “We welcome the initiative for its significance in the upliftment of the local economy. We are a rural municipality and lead a society that is deeply entrenched in unemployment, poverty, and inequality, therefore, it’s important to canvas for an environment that enables stable development of businesses. Harry Gwala is dubbed as the poorest municipality with little to no industrialization. We are grateful to DTIC for identifying our District and we are hopeful that such a program will contribute towards the course of local economic development,”

 

Deputy Minister Nomalungela Gina identified a couple of projects in education, agriculture, and business development in a number of different provinces. “For most aspiring entrepreneurs and business, people it is a struggle to access funding to either start or boost their businesses.” Said Hon. Gina, in her keynote address outlining that this program intends to close that gap and create a platform for the empowerment of business people in the district.

 

Different stakeholders formed part of the event where they displayed marketing material in the exhibition area. Entities who are responsible for business development including SEDA, SEFA, ITHALA, etc were also part of the exhibitors in order to help assist aspiring entrepreneurs on how to open businesses and get access to funding.

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