13 Feb 2019

Massive boost for informal businesses in Mamelodi, Gauteng

Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu will hand over tools and equipment to informal business owners from Mamelodi, Gauteng, on Friday, 15 February 2019.

This is part of the Department’s and its agency Seda’s Informal and Micro Enterprise Development Programme (IMEDP) which aims to uplift business owners in the informal sector with tools and equipment to sustain their businesses as well as to provide mentorship and training.

Minister Zulu is on a nationwide campaign to uplift township and rural economies and has already visited several towns in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Northern Cape and Limpopo.

The informal sector has been identified by government as critical to addressing the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. In this regard, the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) developed a set of incentive programmes targeting micro, small and medium enterprises.

In the recent Jobs Summit, President Cyril Ramaphosa committed to government creating more jobs and establishing a township and rural entrepreneurship fund to support South Africans with businesses in townships and rural areas.

Members of the media are invited to the handover, which will take place as follows:

Date:  Friday, 15 February 2019
Venue: Mamelodi West Community Hall, Tshwane, Gauteng
Time: 10h00

Sharlene Packree
Department of Small Business Development
Cell: 082 673 5849
E-mail: spackree@dsbd.gov.za