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Apply now for Spaza Shop Relief Fund
To help small businesses rebuild after the civil unrest, eThekwini Municipality together with MTN have opened applications for the Spaza Relief Fund.

The fund specifically targets shop owners who require financial support and those who want to become mobile money (MoMo) agents. 
 
Applicants must email their motivation letter to Spazarelief.za@mtn.com or hand deliver it to the One-Stop Centre located at Mystrals at the Durban Exhibition Centre. The letter must be accompanied by the applicant’s South African ID, proof of residence and a picture of the spaza shop. The closing date for applications is 12 September. 

MTN has set aside R10 million to help spaza shop owners recover from the recent civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Of this, R7 million of the total investment has been allocated to KZN with most of the funds to be spent on eThekwini-based tuck shop owners. 

Each beneficiary will receive a total of R7 000 which includes R 5 000 to restock and R2 000 starting capital for the electronic wallet, MoMo. With the MoMo app, merchants can sell airtime and earn a commission. It also allows people to send and receive money and pay for goods and services like electricity, SABC TV licenses, DSTV, municipal bills and to play the lotto. 

Head of the City’s Business Support, Tourism, Markets, and Agri-Business Unit Thulani Nzama thanked MTN for heeding government’s call to embrace public-private partnerships.

“This partnership will go a long way to assist spaza shop owners get back on their feet as they are key drivers of local economies,” he said.
 
MTN SA Chief Executive Officer Godfrey Motsa said: “We are assisting spaza shops to restock and start doing business again. They help to drive local economies as they create jobs and are often hubs of business activities. They bring basic foods and services directly to communities.  MoMo will also allow communities to be digitally connected as they can do many transactions via the app.”
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