RBIDZ engage with small businesses

07 APRIL 2017

Seminar addresses key issues facing small businesses

Representing different structures at the seminar are Ward 21 Councillor Thami Phahla, Mzamo Khuzwayo of RBIDZ, South32 Cooperate Affairs Manager Mandla Mbusi and RBIDZ CEO Pumi Motsoahae.

THE formation of a one-stop-shop for business interaction, a tender advisory centre and the construction of a computer lab for small businesses were some of the main points discussed during the third annual SMME Engagement seminar at Hlanganani Community Hall in eSikhaleni on Wednesday morning.

Spearheaded by the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) and the City of uMhlathuze, the session aimed to provide a platform for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) to engage in a dialogue with cooperates and other enterprises.

Small businesses received valuable information and discussed business ideas with investors as well as acquiring business guidelines.

Young entrepreneurs Nomvula Luthuli and Nobuhle Msomi take notes during the seminar


City of uMhlathuze Economic Development Manager Simphiwe Morejane shared the municipality’s strategies to empower local businesses.

Morejane said the city hopes to develop a one stop-shop which will give entrepreneurs a platform to communicate ideas and register on a central database for tenders.

‘The purpose is to have a centralised avenue of communication with the business sector. Small businesses will be registered and assisted with workshops,’ he said.

A tender advisory centre was also one of the ideas which emerged at the seminar.

According to Morejane, this centre will equip business owner with the knowledge to complete tender documents, and also assist with some of the challenges.

Other enterprises aligned with the RBIDZ shared inspiring testimonials of the programmes which positively influenced their businesses.

 Giving his address is RBIDZ CEO Pumi Motsoahae.