Posted: October 3, 2019
the dti and DEDAT to Host Northern Cape Small Business Support Forum
|The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), will host the Small, Medium and Micro Business Support Forum at the Sol Plaatjie Local Municipality in Kimberley on Friday, 4 October 2019.
The hosting of the Forum was born out of the realisation that small businesses continuously struggled on matters of accessing resources, infrastructure, skills development, red tape and procurement problems.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina says that the hosting of the Forum is an attempt at providing support and countermeasures to these challenges The exercise is in line with the mandate of the dti to provide support to provinces towards job creation and economic growth.
“It is through this Forum that we seek to create a platform wherein government sectors and development finance institutions exhibit and communicate their services to business owners that will be attending the event. We will also assist and provide tailor-made information as well as resolving challenges raised by individual businesses,” she says.
Gina adds that the Forum will interact with challenges specifically encountered by Sol Plaatjie Local Municipality-based Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), as well as look at ways of unlocking local economic development opportunities and difficulties.
“The Forum will discuss key services such as business registration, business plan development, business mentoring and coaching, obtaining markets access and financial and non-financial support from the dti agencies,” says Gina.