With the aim of boosting local entrepreneurs and guaranteeing sustainable local businesses, Ndlambe Municipality, funded by Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform together with Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the National Youth Development Agency, last Tuesday offered various materials to Alexandria ward 1 and 2 small business groups.
Companies that supported the initiative included LLP Multipurpose, Siphilise Ndlambe, Jonga Co-Operative and Ex-Offenders.
Among the items handed over were garden implements and tools, industrial machines, sewing machines and car wash tools.
Ndlambe Municipality LED manager, Qawe Mampana speaking on behalf of the unit that has been entrust with the role of assisting local businesses said, “as a unit tasked with the responsibility of assisting local communities in economic independence we are creating a conducive environment for those groups to set up their own businesses”.
Mampana further encouraged beneficiaries to make the most of the materials they received.
“They have been given this material as a start-up, it is actually up to them to use them to change their lives” she said.
Breaking the ice with the currently trending ANC slogan, Mampana added, “We are making a real sense of ‘Thuma Mina’ (Send me)”.
She went on to mention how they helped beneficiaries to ensure professionalism in their business documents. “We also helped them with writing business proposals” she said.
According to Mampana, preference for such initiatives is given to youth, disability groups and women.