The Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ms Nomalungelo Gina will be undertaking an “Everyday is a Mandela Day” activity combined with the Women’s Month celebration by visiting and working with a women-owned agricultural cooperative, Uthingo in Dumisani Makhaye village, KwaZulu-Natal tomorrow, 7 August 2021.

Gina will be involved in planting vegetables, donating agricultural implements and use the services of Agricultural Extension Officers to guide these women as they sell their products to the local markets.

According to Gina, the visit to the cooperatives will highlight the positive impact cooperatives play in improving the socio-economic conditions of their members and their community.

“The visit will also increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contribution to socio-economic development and their achievement throughout the years. This will also highlight the positive role cooperatives have to play in providing a network of opportunities among other cooperatives members, and the  the public aspiring to establish cooperatives,” says Gina.

She adds that government plans to boost and support small businesses and cooperatives who has what it takes to create sustainable jobs and create opportunities for others.

‘Government’s role is to provide conducive conditions for any business or cooperatives undertaking to succeed and expected to seize opportunities available in the market. Also, government’s long term objective is to help cooperatives become self-sustainable and eventually tap in the main stream economy,” she says.

Deputy Minister Gina will be joined by officials from the KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the local municipality.

Bongani Lukhele – Director: Media Relations
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