By Phila Audrey Tuba
On December 17 the Executive Mayor, Councillor Xola Pati together with the Portfolio Head of the Economic Development and Agencies, Councillor Mawethu Marata handed over business equipment to SMMEs at Mdantsane NU7 Community Hall.
The Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa with Buffalo City Municipality took it upon themselves to assist small businesses that have applied for assistance. This is done to reduce the increasing rate of unemployment in South Africa.
“We really appreciate the partnership with Coca-Cola in making sure that we support the youth with their small businesses, initiatives like this are welcomed as we all know that government cannot create employment opportunities alone, we need the private sector”, said the Executive Mayor Councillor Xola Pati.
The Enterprise Development Unit has been supporting SMMEs within the City working with many stakeholders that have similar programmes with an aim of realising maximum impact and growth of the SMME sector.
The Coca-Cola programme BizNiz in a box aims to create an ecosystem of viable micro-businesses offering complementary products using a spaza shop as the anchor. Each business operates out of a custom-designed container. These businesses cover various needs of the local community such as business centres, internet cafes, car wash, fast food, or mini baker.
The number of the beneficiaries are split according to the following areas: Gompo(2) mobile kitchen and a container, Zwelitsha(5)- 4 containers, 1 mobile kitchen, Mdantsane(12)- 10 containers and 1 mobile kitchen and equipment.
“As a small entrepreneur who had a vision for the business with no funding, I am very much appreciative of this gesture with a promise that we will take care of the equipment received”, said Mbewukazi Ntungwa who is one of the beneficiaries of the equipment.