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City's buy local campaign announces shortlisted businesses
The 15 uniquely Durban businesses that made the final cut to become eThekwini’s first batch of businesses the City will lend its support and patronage to as part of its Buy Local Campaign, have been announced.

A call for all uniquely Durban businesses to apply was made in October last year as part of the City’s Economic Recovery Plan in response to Covid-19 lockdown’s ongoing devastating impact on the economy.

The campaign intends to keep business revenue circulating within the City’s communities and ensure local businesses are placed at the forefront of economic development, growth and investment. From the 268 local businesses that responded during the first phase of the campaign to register onto the Municipality’s website, 15 local businesses made the final verified shortlist.

This is against the backdrop of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa State of the Nation address where he called on South Africans to buy local goods saying: “We call on every South African to contribute to our recovery effort by choosing to buy local goods and support local businesses. This is one way that every one of us can contribute to building a new economy.”

The 15 local businesses shortlisted were further screening and due diligence has been undertaken to verify their authenticity. They have made the final cut to become eThekwini’s first batch of uniquely Durban businesses that the City will lend its support and patronage to.

The shortlisted uniquely Durban businesses are:
  1. Thutha Online. An air transport and transport supporting activities business.
  2. Amanquhe Data Doctors Analytics and Revenue Services. An analytics company dealing with data analytics and revenue services.
  3. AfriTech (Pty) Ltd. A software development and digital agency.
  4. Agri Urb. Suppliers of a vertical growing system for households and commercial use.
  5. Beauty for Ashes Range. Producers of home-made luxury soaps.
  6. Sbusiso Holdings. A travel website vending business.
  7. Bright Phumi JV t/a van der Mthembu Farming. Poultry production business.
  8. SpecPro Precision Engineering. Manufacturers of hands-free foot operated taps.
  9. VirtuPropSA (Pty) Ltd. Virtual marketing and tourism business.
  10. Cabrito Cuts. A company that specialises in goat meat production.
  11. Alude Arts. Handmade jewellery manufacturers with a focus on African accessories.
  12. YinYas Investments. Manufacturers of locally manufactured incense sticks.
  13. Zinakes Sons Projects. Innovative waste management and resource recovery solutions business.
  14. Lou Harvey (Pty) Ltd. Fabric designers, woven and printed locally, as well as an accessory range.
  15. PixiePro Paints (Pty) Ltd. Paint manufacturing.

The Buy Local Campaign is led by the Economic Development Unit under the Economic Development and Planning Cluster. The cluster has a number of programmes und

er it, which are solely dedicated to economic development, such as Sector Support, Business Support (including Agribusiness), Investment Promotion, Economic Development and Durban Tourism. The Buy Local Campaign is expected to connect each of the chosen businesses to these departments for support depending on their specific need. This process is currently underway. Furthermore, each of the chosen businesses will receive marketing and business support from the City that will assist to elevate their businesses through the exposure.

The City urges residents to support eThekwini’s Buy Local Campaign efforts by patronising these and other local eThekwini businesses. This would be an excellent demonstration of allegiance to heed the President’s call. We should all strive to support local businesses.


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