Second SMMEs session

LEPHALALE — Lephalale Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr Jack Maeko, hosted the second Small Medium Micro-Enterprises information sharing session at Thabo Mbeki Hall on Thursday 10 November, where local business owners and emerging entrepreneurs were given a platform to interact with stakeholders such as Eskom Medupi/Matimba, Boikarabelo Coal Mine and the Municipality on business matters and also on how they can work together to build a working relationship going forward.
Maeko said that economic transformation and local black empowerment remain a key part of all economic programmes within the municipality, adding that small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMME’s) need to be empowered to accelerate their growth.
“We are pleased with the commitment of the stakeholders in ensuring that we grow our local economy and create jobs in order to provide a better life for our people” Maeko said.
Some of the business owners appealed to stakeholders at the event, to ensure that all local SMME’s are given fair opportunities and avoid using a single service provider for multiple services, while others said that for every upcoming projects in the area, local SMME’s must be prioritised so that they can benefit and grow their businesses.
Maeko emphasised the importance of working together by urging big businesses to partner with the SMME’s owned by women and youth, as part of broadening the ownership and control of the economy.
“We call upon all relevant stakeholders and forums to work together with local municipality and let us commit ourselves to this cause and move Lephalale forward” he concluded.

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