Northern Cape Leg of the dti National Campaign on Policy Education Kicks Off to an Inspiring Start

The Northern Cape leg of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) national campaign on policy education and awareness kicked off to an inspiring start at the Breipaal Community Hall in Douglas, yesterday. This campaign seeks to educate the South African public on all policies that are formulated and implemented by the dti.

The campaign resulted from the realisation that most community members lacked comprehensive understanding of the dtilaws, more especially those residing in the rural areas where it often is not easy to access the dti offices.

The Douglas campaign unpacked the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) which regulates the registration of companies, co-operatives and intellectual property rights, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS) which is mandated to develop and administer technical regulations and compulsory specifications as well as through market surveillance to ensure compliance with the requirements of compulsory specifications and regulations and the National Lotteries Commission which ensures that the National Lottery is conducted with all due propriety and advises the dti minister on policy matters relating to the National Lottery and other lotteries.

A community member in Douglas, Ms Magda Louw singled out the presentation on setting up co-operatives and stokvels and that which appealed to her the most as it presented a dimension to her which she never even knew existed.
“I was impressed to learn that we as the women in the community can actually register a cooperative with the CIPC and can actually access assistance packages and funding vehicles from government that can help grow and formalise our organisation so that it does not perpetually remain informal. This answered all the questions I had before as I am currently involved in a women formation that has been growing and selling vegetables informally. After this, I will meet with my organisation so that we can look at ways of formalising and accessing the government funding mechanisms,” she said.

Douglas community elder, Mr Kleinboy Jantjies remarked that he was hopeful that the bringing of this campaign to his community would empower the youth who form the majority of the unemployed.

“I hope that the youth in my community will make use of this newly acquired knowledge to better their lives, more especially on how to form co-operatives, registrations of companies and the various funding vehicles they can access from the dti,” he said.

The national campaign will now set sights onto the town of Upington where it will visit Kakamas and Paballelo on 22 and 23 August 2019, respectively.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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